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Omaha Mayor Issues “Day of Reason” Proclamation

Just a couple of months after Omaha, Nebraska Mayor Jean Stothert signed a proclamation honoring Charles Darwin's birthday, she's done it again with one for the National Day of Reason:

40 years ago today

Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell 40 years ago today. The picture above was actually taken the day before, also the last two Americans killed in the war in Vietnam, Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge were killed forty years ago yesterday when the North Vietnamese regulars shelled Tân S?n Nh?t Airport; The Vietnamese call […]

Darwin, Wallace & Patrick Matthew: Who's Ideas on Evolution Came First?

Patrick Matthew (1790-1874) was a Scottish landowner with a keen interest in politics and agronomy who also came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin did.Matthew's version of evolution...Show More Summary

Darwin, Wallace, and the overlooked third man

The horticulturist who came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin did should be more widely acknowledged for his contribution, states a new paper by a geneticist.

Died This Day: Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus (Dec. 12, 1731 – April 18, 1802) was a prominent English physician, poet, philosopher, botanist, naturalist and the grandfather of naturalist Charles Darwin and the biologist Francis Galton. Erasmus Darwin was one of the leading...Show More Summary

Slide Show: Darwinian Doodles

In the fall of 1842, six years after he returned from his trip aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin moved with his wife, Emma, and their two small children to Down House, in rural Kent, England. It was here, in a nicely appointed...Show More Summary

The Ugliest Animal Charles Darwin Ever Saw

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

I used to believe that Charles Darwin, Father of Evolution, loved all animals equally. It turns out, he did not.

TV Club: Fortitude: “Episode 12”

Like many individuals, religion was a matter that Charles Darwin gave much thought to over the years. It makes sense given his contributions to evolutionary theory and the science therein. Never one to fervently deny the very existence...Show More Summary

The Science of Why It Might Pay To Be Nice

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection suggest that being mean, deceptive and selfish are the route to success in life. But, actually, science suggests that on a personal level, it may pay to be nice. Read more...

Richard Dawkins Answers 'How Does Evolution Explain Homosexuality?' - VIDEO

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In honor of Darwin Day, celebrating Charles Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory, reputed evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins fielded a question regarding how evolution explains homosexuality. Dawkins elaborated on homosexuality’s role in natural selection and how the homosexual gene...

Darwin’s “Strangest Animals”

When Charles Darwin dug up strange mammal fossils 180 years ago, he had no idea what he’d found. They resembled a camel with an elephant trunk, or a hippo with the head of a rhino. An international team of researchers sought to study...Show More Summary

Darwin’s “Strangest” Beast Finds Place on Tree

“Toxodon is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no …

Galápagos Islands see an evolution in luxury with Pikaia Lodge

An expedition to the Galápagos Islands to view the wildlife and scenery that inspired Charles Darwin is, by almost any measure, a trip of a lifetime. But despite the time and expense involved in getting there, travelers in search of luxurious accommodations have had, until recently, to...

Biochemical analysis solves mystery of Charles Darwin’s strange South American mammals

last monthNews : The Raw Story

To 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin, they were the strangest animals yet discovered, one looking like a hybrid of a hippo, rhino and rodent and another resembling a humpless camel with an elephant’s trunk. Ever since Darwin first collected their fossils about 180 years ago,...

Evolutionary Puzzle Solved: Scientists Know Where Strange Mammals Come From

A nearly 200-year-old evolutionary puzzle surrounding the group of mammals that Charles Darwin called the "strangest animals ever discovered”, has now been assembled; the scientists now know what group of animals they relate to.

Protein sequencing solves Darwinian mystery of strange South American mammals

Scientists have resolved pieces of a nearly 200-year-old evolutionary puzzle surrounding the group of mammals that Charles Darwin called the “strangest animals ever discovered.” New research shows that South America’s native ungulates,...Show More Summary

Scientists finally solve the mystery of the animal Darwin called ‘the strangest’

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

When the father of evolution found the first fossilized example of what would become the genus Toxodon in South America, he called it the "strangest animal ever discovered." Charles Darwin's find had the curved tooth of a rodent, but also seemed to share features with hippos and sloths, among other things. Show More Summary

?Paleontologists Solve the Mystery of Darwin’s 'Strangest Animals Ever'

While visiting Uruguay in the 1830s, Charles Darwin came across the fossilized remains of Toxodon, a giant hoofed creature, which he called one of the strangest animals ever discovered. In size it equalled an elephant or megatherium, he wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle, but the structure of its teeth, as Mr. Show More Summary

Easily Distracted By Noise? You Might Just Be A Creative Genius

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

What did Charles Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Marcel Proust all have in common? Besides being creative geniuses, they shared an odd quirk: The luminaries were abnormally sensitive to noise, and often required solitude to work. Proust, for instance, rarely left his one-bedroom apartment in Paris. Show More Summary

?Here's How Charles Darwin's Cousin Invented the Dog Whistle

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Francis Galton would have been the famous eccentric scientist in any family except the one he was born into. The Darwin, Wedgewood, and Galton families were thick with scientists, and Francis wasn't anywhere near the favorite. He did leave his mark in both large and small ways. The dog whistle is one of the smaller ways. Read more...

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