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.
Latest about Evolution
Weirdo blinking fish could hold the secrets to how our ancestors evolved to live on land, new study reveals
By Ben Turner published
The bulbous-eyed mudskipper could offer key clues about how our fishy ancestors first made the leap to land.
What energy source sparked the evolution of life?
By JoAnna Wendel published
Leading theories suggest that the first energy used by life was either from the sun or from geothermal heat and chemistry at the bottom of the ocean.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
By Joanna Thompson published
Most biologists will answer confidently when asked 'which came first, the chicken or the egg?" but the answer may depend on what type of egg you're talking about.
Does evolution ever go backward?
By Michael Dhar published
In regressive evolution, organisms lose complex features and can appear to evolve "in reverse." But evolution doesn't retrace its steps, experts said.
Massive tentacled microbe may be direct ancestor of all complex life
By Nicoletta Lanese published
Scientists successfully grew Asgard archaea in the lab and took detailed images.
Neanderthals were 'top-level carnivores,' tooth analysis suggests
By Ben Turner last updated
The tooth's owner was primarily a meat eater.
Evolution Predictable Everywhere in the Universe, Scientist Says
By Ker Than last updated
If the history of life could be rewound and replayed, many of the same innovations would reappear. Whatâ€™s that mean for life on other planets?
Teachers: Creationism Belongs in Science Class
By Robert Roy Britt last updated
UK survey: 29 percent of teachers there think creationism and intelligent design should be taught as science.
What is Darwin's Theory of Evolution?
By Ker Than, Ashley P. Taylor, Tom Garner last updated
Reference In 1859, Charles Darwin published his ideas that humans and animals change over time. But what is the Theory of Evolution?
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