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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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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Famed Human Ancestor Lucy Wasn't Alone: Meet 'Little Foot'
The skull of <em>Australopithecus prometheus</em> (Little Foot), a human relative that lived about 3.7 million years ago.
April 1st, 2015
The individual would have fallen down a narrow shaft in the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa some 3.7 million years ago, the researchers say. This left behind a nearly complete skeleton that could yield key insights on human evolution.
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Gallery: Prehistoric Predator Had Dual-Purpose Pinchers
Yawunik kootenayi
March 27th, 2015
An extinct marine predator called Yawunik kootenayi is the first new species reported from the stunning Marble Canyon fossil site in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. Here are images of the amazing creature.
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Boneworms Dined on Ancient Sea Serpents
boneworms
April 14th, 2015
Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago.
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Super Species: Animals with Extreme Powers Invade Museum 
Elephant seal model
April 1st, 2015
The tardigrade is only one of many animals that has amazing and extreme abilities, according to a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City.
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Most Evangelical Christians Say Science and Religion Can Coexist
bill nye and ken ham
March 17th, 2015
Never mind the outspoken Christian leaders who reject the Big Bang and human evolution; nearly 70 percent of rank-and-file evangelicals in the United States say they don't see religion and science as being totally at odds, a new survey found.
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Jaws, Not Brains, Define Early Human Species
Researchers used bones of the Olduvai Hominid to reconstruct the Homo habilis skull, with the transparent parts based on a cranium from Kenya.
March 4th, 2015
The extinct human species long thought of as the earliest known member of the human family may be at least a half million years older than previously thought, according to state-of-the-art computer models of the species.
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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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Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy Claws
Yawunik kootenayi
March 27th, 2015
Yawunik kootenayi, a new Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face, reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists.
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