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What Charles Darwin Saw at the Zoo

It changed his thinking about our own species' past

Turkey to Remove Evolution from Schools

Turkey has expunged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from its new national curriculum draft, which will be released after the Eid break, the education ministry has announced. Alpaslan Durmus, the head of the ministry's curriculum...Show More Summary

Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

6 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.

Scientists propose a new paradigm that paints a more inclusive picture of the evolution of organisms and ecosystems

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their international collaborators want to reshape Darwin's tree.

Reshaping Darwin's tree of life

(Rutgers University) In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their international collaborators want to reshape Darwin's tree.

Seed conservation in the remote South Atlantic

Islands have long held a fascination for scientists studying evolution and patterns of biodiversity, from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace in the 19th century, to Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson in the 20th century, and continuing in the 21st century. Show More Summary

A Happiness Reminder from Charles Darwin: “I Have Worked as Well as I Could.”

“Whenever I have found out that I have blundered, or that my work has been imperfect, and when I have been contemptuously criticized, and even when I have been overpraised, so that I have felt mortified, it has been my greatest comfort...Show More Summary

How the Galapagos cormorant lost its ability to fly

The flightless cormorant is one of a diverse array of animals that live on the Galapagos Islands, which piqued Charles Darwin's scientific curiosity in the 1830s. He hypothesized that altered evolutionary pressures may have contributed to the loss of the ability to fly in birds like the Galapagos cormorant.

Professors call for an end to the chaotic classification of organisms

(Phys.org)—A pair of professors, one with Charles Darwin University, the other Southern Cross University, both in Australia, has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature decrying the chaotic state regarding the classification of complex organisms. Show More Summary

Fowl-mouthed study finds that diet shaped duck, goose beaks

From Charles Darwin's famous finches to a new study that takes a rare look at a common order of birds—waterfowl—evolution has a tendency to reveals itself through bird beaks.

Female Moths Know How to Attract Males with Biggest Antennae

If you believe bigger is better when it comes to reproduction, the females of a certain species of moths agree with you, but not for the reason you think. In fact, they agree more with Charles Darwin when he predicted that sexual selection favors males with exaggerated...

Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners

(University of Melbourne) Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed a little-known prediction from his theory of sexual selection, researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting female signals.

Bloomsbury Auctions sale features letter signed by CHarles Darwin

last monthArts : Artdaily

Bloomsbury Auctions will be hosting the auction of Books & Works on Paper at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP, at 12noon. The sale comprises 416 lots, ranging from in estimate from £100 ? £6,000, with works from a wide range of collecting...Show More Summary

Did humans evolve in Europe rather than Africa? We don't have the answer just yet

Charles Darwin believed that humans evolved in Africa, because that's where our closest ape relatives the chimpanzees and gorillas live. And during the twentieth century he was vindicated through a combination of fossil and genetic discoveries.

A peacock's tail: how Darwin arrived at his theory of sexual selection

How Darwin developed the radical idea of females’ power to choose their mates despite it being at odds with his own notions of women as inferior About 150 years ago, and “almost a lifetime” either side, Charles Darwin was beleaguered by the problem of the peacock’s tail. Show More Summary

Not to be sniffed at: human sense of smell rivals that of dogs, says study

Human olfactory abilities have been underestimated and are just as good as those of other mammals, says neuroscientist “Man smells poorly,” Aristotle wrote, while Charles Darwin concluded that a sense of smell was of “extremely slight service” to the civilised human. Show More Summary

How thirsty roots go in search of water

Scientists from the University of Nottingham, England and Tohoku University, Japan have helped to solve a mystery that has fascinated scientists since Charles Darwin - how plant roots sense water and change direction to find it. In a world where water for agriculture is becoming a global challenge this could lead to improved crop varieties which are better at foraging for water.

Soil: Restore earthworms to rebuild topsoil

2 months agoAcademics : Nature

Charles Darwin was right to laud the earthworm. It is a natural instrument for restoring degraded soils (see J.DaviesNature543, 309–311;10.1038/543309a2017). Yet several species are already on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation

Charles Darwin spent most of his day chilling out

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Spending too much time at the same place doing the same thing all day is no formula for success, as Charles Darwin and many other great minds of history demonstrate. Nautilus looks at the history of highly productive slacking. (more...

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