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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

3 days agoArts : 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.

Ships Combine for Moreton Anniversary

In the middle an intense training and systems check period, HMAS Darwin slipped into the Brisbane River and berthed across from Navy’s home in southern Queensland, HMAS Moreton. The frigate’s arrival in Brisbane coincided with the first anniversary since the local base was re-commissioned.

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

Darwin Visits Wall Street

“biology is a closer fit to economics than physics”: Darwin Visits Wall Street, by Peter Dizikes, MIT News: If you have money in the stock market, then you are probably anticipating a profit over the long term — a rational...

How we finally figured out the color of dinosaur feathers

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Excerpt: The Evolution of Beauty The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us by Richard O. Prum. Doubleday Penguin Random House The following is an excerpt from The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the...

Fossils from Ancient Hot Springs Suggest Life May Have Evolved on Land

These 3.5-billion-year-old rocks could vindicate Darwin's claim that life evolved in "some warm little pond," and not in the ocean

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.

Darwin apparentlyright about the first life on Earth

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Fossil evidence of early life has been found in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, Western Australia, that date back almost 3.48 billion years. This extends the known evidence of life at land-based hot...

Darwin Right on Evolution Again: First Evidence of Life on Land Discovered in Australian Rocks

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Microbial life was inhabiting the land up to 580 million years earlier than previously thought, and originated in an ancient hot spring.

Australian Fossils Hint At Where To Search For Life On Mars

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Scientists say the rocks lend weight to a theory that life on Earth originated, as Darwin wrote, "in some warm little pond" on land, suggesting we should look for it in similar environments on Mars.

Texas Bill That Would Have Weakened the Teaching of Evolution in Schools Dies in Committee

Thank Darwin: A Republican-sponsored bill to weaken science standards didn't make it out of committee.

We may have the evolution of beauty completely wrong

Many male animals sport dazzling displays to attract a mate. But a new book says we may have misunderstood Darwin – and this is all about arbitrary aesthetics

Soil: Restore earthworms to rebuild topsoil

3 weeks 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

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