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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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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'Base Jumping' Spider Soars from Rainforest Treetops
The "flattie" spider.
August 18th, 2015
Certain spiders have evolved a novel way of gliding through their rainforest habitat.
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'Daily Show' Science: 7 Times Jon Stewart Got Nerdy
Jon Stewart
August 6th, 2015
Jon Stewart's final episode as host of "The Daily Show" airs tonight, August 6, after 16 years on-air. Here are 7 times he got the science right.
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Skull of Earliest Baboon Discovered
Baboon skulls
August 21st, 2015
A 2-million-year-old skull unearthed in South Africa belongs to the earliest baboon ever found, a new study finds.
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Human Evolution's Biggest Questions May Find Answers in New Analysis
skull of Australopithecus sediba
July 22nd, 2015
A huge database of human fossils suggests hobbits were a separate human species and the recently unearthed species Australopithecus sediba may be the ancestor of the human lineage, say researchers who point out their findings will surely be controversial.
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Modern Human Possibly Had Neanderthal 'Great-Great-Grandparent'
The jawbone of a human who lived between 42,000 and 37,000 years ago showed some Neanderthal features.
June 22nd, 2015
One of the earliest modern humans in Europe had a surprisingly recent Neanderthal ancestor, possibly a great-great-grandfather. The finding suggests the two species interbred in Europe and more recently than once thought.
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Can You Trust Wikipedia on Science?
Wikipedia Main Page
August 20th, 2015
Controversial and more specific science pages on Wikipedia may contain less trustworthy, overly technical or limited information, research suggests.
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Big Human Relative Sported Modern Hands
The OH 86 hominin phalanx overlaid on a modern human hand.
August 18th, 2015
Scientists have discovered the oldest known fossil of a hand bone yet to resemble that of a modern human. The hand belonged to an unknown human relative who would've been much taller and larger than any of its contemporaries.
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Human Hands Are Primitive, New Study Finds
ape-human-02
July 14th, 2015
Human hands may be more primitive than those of chimps, more closely resembling hands of the last common ancestor of humans and chimps. The findings suggest human-evolution scenarios that rely on a chimplike last common ancestor may be flawed.
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