Our extinct cousins have a lousy reputation that's being overturned by new discoveries.
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.
The biggest shark to ever swim the oceans had huge, sharp teeth that it could use to tear into its prey like a handful of knives.
Australia is the kingdom of marsupials, home to furry kangaroos, koalas and wombats. The continent has so many marsupials, it raises the question: Did these pouch-bearing mammals arise Down Under?
Meet the original "lizard king" — an iguana-size reptile that ruled Antarctica 250 million years ago.
Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for hundreds of millions of years before they died in an asteroid blast 66 million years ago. So, could these gigantic reptiles ever re-evolve back to our modern world?
Way more sex happened between Neanderthals and the ancestors of modern humans across Europe and Asia than scientists originally thought, a new study finds.