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The origin of the species: Orcs

Welcome to the first installment of Geek.com’s Origin of the Species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy or science fiction races, going in-depth exploring their origins […]

Mysterious Origin of the Devils Hole Pupfish Has Been Found

Devils Hole is a hot, oxygen-starved, limestone cavern with an underground pool containing what may be the world’s most isolated species: a small group of tiny pupfish whose every member has mysteriously lived in this desolate part of Death Valley National Park undisturbed for tens of thousands...

End of an era: New sixth volume Research on Chrysomelidae the last with its original editors

The new and sixth volume of Research on Chrysomelidae consists of five research articles devoted to the latest findings about the amazing family of over 37,000 leaf beetle species from more than 2,500 genera. read more

Where were you born? Origin matters for species interactions

Based on experiments with two species of beetle, ecologists have determined that the early life experiences of individuals that migrate between local habitats can have wide-reaching impacts on the distribution of species across entire ecosystems.

New fossils shed light on the origin of 'hobbits'

Griffith University researchers are part of an international team of scientists that has announced the discovery of ancestors of Homo floresiensis - the enigmatic species of pygmy-like humans discovered more than a decade ago on the Indonesian island of Flores. read more

Ancient teeth and bone point to the origin of our mysterious ‘hobbit’ cousins

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The 'hobbits' were a tiny, separate species of hominin, researchers say — and a new discovery could explain how they got so small.

Modern Fitness; or, The Origin of the Species

Adam Park A curious thing has recently taken hold of the American health and fitness scene. It's been around for a while, to be sure. But it's really really around now. Foreword-thinking exercise and diet theories look backwards for inspiration. Show More Summary

Discovery’s Edge: Rise of the Microbiome

This article originally appeared on the Discovery's Edge blog. ______________________ As a species, we have a love-hate relationship with microbes. For centuries, we didn’t even know they existed. Then came the microscope and Louis Pasteur’s...Show More Summary

Random Nature Notes from Hawai'i: The Land Reptiles of the Big Island

Reptiles (aside from sea turtles) are probably not native to the Hawaiian Islands but there are quite a few of them on the islands today. Some were brought by the original Polynesian settlers (four species of Geckos). Others arrived as escaped pets. Show More Summary

Abundance inequality in freshwater communities has an ecological origin

In nearly every biological community, distributions among species are highly uneven. That is, there is a large number of rare species with very few members and only a small number of common species concentrating most members of the community. read more

ESF lists top 10 new species for 2016

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK -- A hominin in the same genus as humans and an ape nicknamed "Laia" that might provide clues to the origin of humans are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species of 2016. read more

Oldest actinopterygian from China provides new evidence for origin of ray-finned fishes

Osteichthyans, or bony fishes, comprise two categories, each containing over 32,000 living species: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods) and Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes). Nevertheless, actinopterygians have an obscure early evolutionary history. Show More Summary

Academic Bun Fight Over an Extraordinary Claim: do Tardigrades Have Extensive Horizontal Gene Transfer Like Bacteria?!

Original Paper: Evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer from the draft genome of a tardigrade Authors:Boothby et alAbstract:Horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the transfer of genes between species, has been recognized recently as more pervasive than previously suspected. Show More Summary

New species from the Pliocene of Tibet reveals origin of ice age mountain sheep

Modern wild sheep, Ovis, is widespread in the mountain ranges of the Caucasus through Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Tianshan-Altai, eastern Siberia, and the Rocky Mountains in North America. In Eurasia, fossil sheep are known by a few isolated...Show More Summary

Discovery of a fundamental limit to the evolution of the genetic code

Nature is constantly evolving--its limits determined only by variations that threaten the viability of species. Research into the origin and expansion of the genetic code are fundamental to explain the evolution of life. read more

Art + Science = Awesome bacteriological book art!The cover of...

Art + Science = Awesome bacteriological book art! The cover of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was made using nearly 36 different species of bacteria. UK-based Bacteriologist Simon Park, professor at the University of Surrey, created this work of bioart using C-Mould, his collection of bacteria that was nearly 10 years in the making. Show More Summary

Evolution And Science Education: Religion Needs To Butt Out

Since Darwin published his theory of evolution in his book On the Origin of the Species in 1859, his theory, and its implications, have been the source of much contention in the United States. Today, more than 150 years later, parents are still fighting against the inclusion of his theory of evolution as part of... Show More Summary

Why Evolution Can't Save Some Species From Extinction

2 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Instead of becoming extinct, why don't endangered species adapt to the environment and evolve? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jeff Collins.

This Guy Made an Origin of Species Cover With Bacteria—Even the ‘Paper’

2 months agoArts : Wired: Design

Simon Park is recreating Darwin's Origin of Species entirely out of bacteria. The post This Guy Made an Origin of Species Cover With Bacteria—Even the 'Paper' appeared first on WIRED.

Scientist Creates Cover for Darwin's 'Origin of Species,' Made From Bacteria

3 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Dr. Simon Park used a cellulose-producing bacterium to make the paper, and "illustrated" it using different-colored organisms.

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