We can now know the original color of species that lived millions of years before humans arrived on the scene.
Chemical, experimental, and morphological evidence for diagenetically altered melanin in exceptionally preserved fossils. 2015. PNAS. Researchers discovered the reddish brown color of two extinct species of bat from fossils dating back...Show More Summary
The effects of an animal population's extinction may echo beyond the original species, new research finds. Loss of a population could ultimately result in the extinction of parasites -- which are critical for a healthy ecosystem. Researchers focused this particular study on a Brazilian fish community and their associated parasites.
The world was abuzz this week over a new human ancestor species found in South Africa. It is just the latest in a race by countries to claim the “first” example of our ancestors.
Famed British conservationist Sir Peter Scott, who gave the Loch Ness Monster the scientific name of Nessiteras rhombopteryx as part of an effort to protect it as an endangered species in case it's real, originally tried in 1960 to get Queen Elizabeth to approve the name Elizabethia Nessiae. Read the rest
As a species, humans are pretty awful for the rest of the things living on this planet. But as it turns out, you can take one less creature off the extinction list: Allonautilus scrobiculatus isn’t all gone, just quite hard to find. Read more...
Screencaps via In his latest project, French artist Maxime Guyon analyzes the evolution of photography under the lens of “exaptation”, a term originally relating to an evolutionary phenomenon, where one trait of a species shifts toward a new and different function as it evolves further. Show More Summary
The original illustration of Stygophalangium karamani, from Oudemans (1933). In 1933, the Dutch zoologist Anthonie Oudemans described what he believed to be a remarkable new species of harvestman. Based on two specimens collected from...Show More Summary
Even just a few years ago, it seemed like science fiction was an endangered species on television. But now, there’s a new wave of smart, ambitious science fiction coming to the small screen. And meanwhile, a lot of original SF has flopped at the movies. Read more...
There is considerable debate over the origin and ongoing role of post-reproductive life span in evolution. If evolution is driven by reproductive success, why do the individuals of some species live on far past the capacity to reproduce?...Show More Summary
Biology would like to believe that it has long since transcended politics and history. But what is the notion of an “invasive species” if not a repulsive echo of the fetid 19th-century obsession with origins and racial purity? How can...Show More Summary
Originally intended to preserve salmon, are hatcheries harming the species? LINK (via:Comstock's)
Toward a theory of punctuated subsistence changeAuthors:Ullah et alAbstract:Discourse on the origins and spread of domesticated species focuses on universal causal explanations or unique regional or temporal trajectories. Despite new...Show More Summary
A new analysis of early hominin body size evolution suggests that the earliest members of the Homo genus (which includes our species, Homo sapiens) may not have been larger than earlier hominin species.
The hallmark of a 19th or 20th century (or 21st century) debate about religion is a focus on origins. This began with Darwin’s The Origin of Species, in relation to people, but over the 20th century, this fixation on… Continue reading ?
Barbarians and Apes -- from the Opium Wars to the Origin of the Species Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com [The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books).] Origin of Freedom of Oppression Opium was outlawed in China. Show More Summary
The Opium Wars illustrate the brutal effectiveness of Great Britain's use of a particular notion of freedom as a means of conquest.
FESTA/SHUTTERSTOCK CANCER (June 21–July 22): Charles Darwin is best known for his book The Origin of Species, which contains his seminal ideas about evolutionary biology. But while he was still alive, his best seller was The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms. Show More Summary
Categories: Services and Indirect Spend, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Management, Technology Tags: L1, Technology The concept of an FMS is quite new. It’s hard to find any evidence of this term or the concept designated by it prior to the end of 2013. Show More Summary
For many, the image of Charles Darwin, naturalist, geologist, and author of On the Origin of Species, is etched in stone as the visage of a heavily bearded old man, thanks to images like the one above. The idea of that guy becoming the central figure of an action/adventure film is pretty laughable. Show More Summary