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Links for you. Science: Defending Darwin: I teach human evolution at the University of Kentucky. There are some students I’ll never reach. (excellent) Genome Study Predicts DNA of the Whole of Iceland: Large genome databases are starting to reveal critical … Continue reading ?

Why slimy cheats don’t win: 'Cheating' amoebae don't survive better than 'cooperating' amoebae

Darwin's evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest. So why do different survival tactics co-exist, if evolution should always favor the winning strategy? To answer that question scientists have been studying a single-celled...Show More Summary

Slimy cheats don't win - here's why

Darwin's evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest so why would different survival tactics co-exist after so much time? Evolution should always favor the winning strategy. To answer that, scientists at the Universities ofShow More Summary

Defending Darwin

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James Krupa teaches evolution for non-biology majors at the University of Kentucky. This is more difficult than you might expect, he says, because so many of his students were taught that evolution is in direct opposition to Christian...Show More Summary

The Trouble with Teaching Evolution When You’re Surrounded by Creationists

University of Kentucky Biology Professor James J. Krupa has a tough job because, well, he teaches science in Ken Ham Country. In an article for Orion, he explained why he defends Darwin despite the opposition:

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

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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...

Defending Darwin

This essay is adapted from a piece originally printed in the March/April 2015 issue of Orion. Request a free trial issue of Orion here. To teach evolution at the University of Kentucky is to teach at an institution steeped in the history of defending evolution education. Show More Summary

How Does Homosexuality Make Sense Within the Theory of Evolution?

For Darwin Day, Richard Dawkins answered questions about evolution for his viewers. The latest one discusses how homosexuality makes sense within the theory of evolution:

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 'Strange Animals' Puzzle Solved

A humpless, snouted camel? Check. A Rhino with the teeth of a rodent and head of a hippo? No problem, scientists say, after apparently figuring out where these mystery creatures sit on the mammalian family tree, Nature reports. Charles Darwin discovered fossils of these ancient creatures while visiting South America...

Darwin Brewing Tiki Tropical Heatwave Party!

Bradenton, FL – Join Darwin Brewing Company & co-host Geraldson Community Farm on Saturday, March 21st from 6:00pm &… The post Darwin Brewing Tiki Tropical Heatwave Party! appeared first on

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...

Richard Dawkins Explains What Would Happen if DNA Couldn’t Mutate

For Darwin Day, Richard Dawkins answered questions about evolution for his viewers. The latest one discusses what would happen if DNA was unable to mutate, grinding evolution to a halt:

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

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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

Mystery Solved: South American Ungulates (NotoUngulates) are Crown Perissodactyls (Horse, Rhino Cousins)

Ancient proteins resolve the evolutionary history of Darwin’s South American ungulatesAuthors: Welker et alAbstract:No large group of recently extinct placental mammals remains as evolutionarily cryptic as the approximately 280 genera grouped as ‘South American native ungulates’. Show More Summary

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

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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

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