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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This Pig-Nosed Rat with Vampire Teeth Will Haunt Your Dreams
The hog-nosed rat.
October 7th, 2015
A newly described species of rodent has a nose like a cute little piglet, ears that only a mother could love and teeth that would make Dracula run in fear.
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The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved
Michelangelo's "God's Touch"
October 5th, 2015
It might seem odd, but scientists have a lot to say about supernatural beliefs.
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New Human Species with Orange-Size Brain Discovered
Paleoartist John Gurch spent some 700 hours recreating the head of Homo naledi based on bone scans.
September 10th, 2015
This newfound species from South Africa possessed an odd mix of features, such as feet adapted for a life on the ground but hands suited for climbing trees, that may force scientists to rewrite their models about the dawn of humanity.
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Blood Moon Prophecy: The Science of Supermoon Eclipse Superstitions
A total lunar eclipse of the harvest moon.
September 25th, 2015
This Sunday's supermoon eclipse doesn't mark the end of the world as we know it.
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In Photos: New Human Relative Shakes Up Our Family Tree
Paleoartist John Gurche used fossils from a South African cave to reconstruct the face of Homo naledi, the newest addition to the genus Homo.
September 10th, 2015
An international team of scientists has discovered the remains of what they say belong to a completely new species of human. The bones were found in a cave in South Africa and may change our view on the dawn of humanity.
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Using Loopholes, Nature May Save Galápagos Penguins (Op-Ed)
Aa lava tumbling into the sea at Sullivan Bay, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
August 28th, 2015
The Galápagos are more than a life raft in Pacific currents — they actually alter the Pacific currents, and in so doing, help feed the islands' residents.
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Extinct Tree-Climbing Human Walked with a Swagger
recreation of the head of Homo naledi by paleoartist
October 6th, 2015
Possibly the most primitive human ever discovered, Homo naledi not only buried its dead but it may have also used tools, according to an analysis of its hands. The new study also revealed this human could both walk on the ground and climb trees.
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Psychology of Immigration: Why Responses to Migrant Crisis Vary
Migrants from Syria have turned a park into a small city in Belgrade. (Photo taken Sept. 1, 2015)
September 21st, 2015
The evolutionary response to threat may explain why some want to close the doors to migrants in Europe — but the brain can override those impulses.
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#JunkOff: Why Animal Genitals Are Important to Science
weird animal penises, animal facts
September 2nd, 2015
A Twitter hashtag, #JunkOff, illustrates the steamier side of biology — and its importance to understanding evolution.
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