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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Learning to Read and Write is a Triumph of Education Over Evolution (Op-Ed)
A girl writes in a notebook in a classroom
March 13th, 2014
On the one hand five-year-olds seem so grown up to us, with insightful conversations and an independent spirit; on the other hand it is astonishing to think about how much more she needs to learn and develop they have yet to experience.
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Why Male and Female Seals Look So Different
Image of a seal skull fossil
February 25th, 2014
Climate and ocean-circulation changes that happened millions of years ago likely contributed to the differences in appearance between certain species of male and female seals.
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Charles Darwin's Evolution: Did His Anxieties Shape His Science?
Darwin head shot
March 5th, 2014
A talk about the psychobiography of Charles Darwin examined his life using modern psychological theory and research, in an effort to better understand the naturalist's motivations and ambitions.
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Found: Rare Beetle Collected by Darwin 180 Years Ago
February 12th, 2014
A brightly colored beetle collected by Charles Darwin more than 180 years ago during his famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle has been identified as a new species.
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Bill Nye's Creationism Debate Not a Total Disaster, Scientists Say
Bill nye debates a creationist
February 5th, 2014
Despite mixed feelings about whether debating a young-Earth creationist was worthwhile, scientists say Bill Nye held his own at Kentucky's Creation Museum. Nye debated museum founder Ken Ham on Feb. 4.
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Fast and Sexy: Hot Cyclists Really Do Win the Race
tour de france cyclists
February 4th, 2014
Facial attractiveness may hint at a person's endurance abilities, according to new research showing that hot Tour de France cyclists perform better than their less attractive peers.
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Odd Cause of Humans' Dark Skin Proposed
Black and white skin
February 25th, 2014
The early deaths of modern people in Africa who have albinism, a lack of body pigment, suggest that skin cancer pushed humanity to evolve black skin coloration.
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