Evolution

Evolution is among the most substantiated concepts in science and is the unifying theory of biological science. Charles Darwin co-originated, with Alfred Russel Wallace, the theory of evolution by natural selection. His masterwork, the 1859 "Origin of Species," offered ample evidence for evolution having occurred, as well as the first strong explanation for its mechanism, natural selection. Modern evolutionary theory incorporates these concepts: species change over time; genetic mutations are responsible for the changes; individuals with beneficial genetic mutations will survive preferentially compared with their competitors, in a process known as natural selection; those successful individuals' more numerous offspring will spread the beneficial genetic constructs throughout the population; when enough genetic changes reproductively isolate a population, that population has become a new species. Here you'll find news and information on evolution and the battle with proponents of so-called creation science.
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Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals
Study researcher Svante Pääbo examines a 45,000-year-old femur from a Siberian man that is helping scientists pinpoint when Neanderthals and modern humans interbred.
October 22nd, 2014
The DNA from a 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. The man was born thousands of years after such interspecies mating occurred.
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Does the Brain's Cerebellum Make Humans Special?
The human brain with the cerebellum highlighted.
October 2nd, 2014
The brains of apes and humans evolved unusually quickly when it came to the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in control of movement, researchers say. The finding may change what is considered special about the human brain.
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Blind Cavefish Froze Its Internal Clock to Save Energy
The blind Mexican cavefish.
September 24th, 2014
Mexican cavefish saves energy by ditching circadian rhythm.
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Ancient Human Skulls Reveal When Europeans Could Drink Milk
A Late Bronze Age burial from the site of Ludas-Varjú-dulo, Hungary dated to about 1200 B.C.
October 21st, 2014
The DNA from 13 ancient humans reveals the evolution of lighter skin and lactose tolerance. The skeletons were found in archaeological burial sites unearthed during highway construction in the Great Hungarian Plain in Central Europe.
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Evolution Is Not Random (At Least, Not Totally)
dna illustration
October 2nd, 2014
Evolution is often said to be "blind," because there's no outside force guiding natural selection. But changes in genetic material that occur at the molecular level are not entirely random, a new study suggests.
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Is Rock 'Hashtag' Really Neanderthal Art? (Op-Ed)
Neanderthal art?
September 17th, 2014
And why is it important?
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Ancient Sloths: 5-Ton Creatures Grew Monstrously Fast
sloth fossil
September 10th, 2014
Some sloth lineages grew more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) every million years — one of the fastest body growth rates known in the evolution of mammals, a new study finds.
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Ape See, Ape Do: Chimps Learn Skills from Each Other
Sonso Chimpanzee Behavior
September 30th, 2014
Scientists may have recorded chimpanzees learning skills from each other in the wild for the first time, according to a new study.
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Ancient Squirrel-Like Creatures Push Back Mammal Evolution
Here, a reconstruction of arboreal mammals in a Jurassic forest. The three animals on the left side represent three newfound species of euharamiyidan mammals that lived some 160 million years ago.
September 10th, 2014
Extinct squirrel-like creatures from China suggest the earliest mammals originated more than 200 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought. The furry, tree-dwelling creatures would have lived on the lost supercontinent Laurasia.
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