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:
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 […]
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
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.
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
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
I used to believe that Charles Darwin, Father of Evolution, loved all animals equally. It turns out, he did not.
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
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...
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...
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
“Toxodon is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no …
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...
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,...
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.
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
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
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
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
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...