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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Getting a Head: 'Superduck' Dinosaur Shows How Dino Crests Evolved
November 19th, 2015
A subtle skull slope identifies a new dinosaur species as a direct link between a predecessor with a flat skull and later relatives with dramatic paddle-shaped crests.
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You Share 70% of Your Genes with This Slimy Marine Worm
November 18th, 2015
What do you have in common with a filter-feeding, deep-sea worm? On a genetic level, it's a lot more than you might suspect.
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Tidy Monkeys Shed Light on Human Cleanliness
Japanese macaques eating
November 4th, 2015
Monkeys that are revolted by often disease-carrying things such as poop suggest that disgust drives cleanliness - and health.
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Hobbits Were a Separate Species, Ancient Chompers Show
skull of a hobbit and modern human
November 18th, 2015
An ancient, 3-foot-tall (0.9 meters) human whose diminutive stature has earned it the nickname "hobbit" is a unique species and not a Homo sapien with a minitiarizing disorder, scientists who analyzed the specimen's teeth said.
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Mystery Extinct Cavemen Were More Diverse Than Neanderthals
A molar from a Denisovan individual, found in a cave in Siberia.
November 16th, 2015
A mysterious extinct branch of the human family tree that once interbred with modern humans was more genetically diverse than Neanderthals, a finding that suggests many of these extinct humans called Denisovans existed in what is now southern Siberia.
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Why Haunted Houses are So Terrifying
haunted house
October 30th, 2015
The best haunted houses push buttons in our brains that evolved long before houses even existed.
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Un-intelligent Design: No Purpose for Vestigial Ear-Wiggling Reflex
Little boy holding his ears.
October 21st, 2015
Around the human ear are tiny, weak muscles that once would have let evolutionary ancestors pivot their ears to and fro. Today, the muscles aren't capable of moving much — but their reflex action still exists.
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Photos: Digging Up "Superduck," a New Hadrosaur
Elizabeth Freedman Fowler, the paleontologist who led the team
November 18th, 2015
A subtle skull slope identifies a new dinosaur species as a direct link between a predecessor with a flat skull and later relatives with dramatic paddle-shaped crests.
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Darwin's 'Origin of Species' Voted Most Influential Academic Book
One of the last photographs taken of Charles Darwin.
November 11th, 2015
Darwin's dusty tome on the evolution of different species was just rated the most influential academic book in history.
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Secular People More Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict
Man prays by a lake.
October 22nd, 2015
Though most people in the U.S. see religion and science as frequently in conflict, most people view their personal beliefs as compatible with science, a new survey suggests.
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