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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Humans Trekked Out of Africa Via Egypt, Study Suggests
A reconstruction of the human skull discovered in Tam Pa Ling.
May 28th, 2015
The major gateway for modern humans out of Africa may have been Egypt, a new genetic analysis suggests. This finding may help scientists reconstruct how humans evolved as they wandered across the globe.
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Photos: Mysterious Human Ancestor Wielded Oldest Stone Tools
scientists dating sediments in Kenya
May 20th, 2015
Inn the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya, scientists have discovered stone tools that date back some 3.3 million years, long before modern humans were on the scene.
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Mysterious Humanlike Species May Have Lived Alongside 'Lucy'
The holotype upper jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda found on March 4, 2011, in the central Afar region of Ethiopia.
May 27th, 2015
A newfound humanlike species may be a contender for the ancestor of the human lineage, researchers say. This ancient relative of humanity lived alongside the famous Lucy about 3.4 million years ago, revealing diverse humanlike species once lived together.
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Dino-Chicken Gets One Step Closer
Since birds are the only surviving members of the family tree of the dinosaurs, why can't we flip some switches in the genetic code and return a chicken back to its former glory as a dinosaur?
May 19th, 2015
Given the obstacles of modifying a chicken into a dinosaurlike creature, how close are scientists to creating a dino-chicken?
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Rare Sperm Whale Fossils Shed Light on Mysterious Family Tree
Pygmy sperm whale skull
April 29th, 2015
Rare, 7-million-year-old fossils of two extinct pygmy sperm whales are helping researchers learn about the evolution of the ocean's largest toothed whale, a new study finds.
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Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Italian Skeleton
The remains of the so-called Altamura Man, now considered a Neanderthal, encrusted with calcite formations in Altamura, Italy.
April 10th, 2015
The oldest Neanderthal DNA was extracted from a human skeleton discovered buried in an Italian cave and may be up to 170,000 years old. The finding suggests the mysterious "Altamura Man" was indeed a Neanderthal.
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Photos: New Human Ancestor Species Discovered
The left half of the lower jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda.
May 27th, 2015
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How Do You Learn the Sex Secrets of Birds? Send in the Fembot
fembot
May 14th, 2015
In a quest to figure out what makes some male sage grouse so sexy, one scientist has turned to partly taxidermied robots.
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Fossil Teeth Suggest Humans Played Role in Neanderthal Extinction
Upper Palaeolithic modern human infant skull from Sungir (left) and the Neandertal infant skull  of Roc de Marsal (right).
April 23rd, 2015
Modern humans may have arrived in Western Europe at about the same time as Neanderthals went extinct there, according to fossil teeth. The findings suggest modern humans caused the demise of Neanderthals, either directly or indirectly.
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