Origins of Darwin’s Evolution: Solving the Species Puzzle Through Time and Place by J. David Archibald does something that not enough studies of Darwin’s work do: Get off the island. Years ago, I realize that most of Darwin’s arguments,...Show More Summary
(University of Exeter) The earliest known domesticated horses are not at the root of today's modern breed's family tree, as had previously been thought, new research has shown.
Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Karl Marx’s Capital: Critique Of Political Economy, which did for social science and political economy what Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species had done for biology. Yet the formidable book took five years to sell 1,000 copies in… Read more...
(Florida Museum of Natural History) Butterflies offer key insights into community ecology, how species originate and evolve, climate change and interactions between plants and insects. But a comprehensive map of how butterflies are related to each other has been lacking -- until now.
Don't miss this! Podcasting superstar Joe Rogan interviews physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project. Image credit: With thanks to ParadoxPlaza.com
(Royal Ontario Museum) Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto have described an exceptionally well-preserved new fossil species of bristle worm called Kootenayscolex barbarensis. Discovered from the 508-million-year-old...Show More Summary
Biologists are unlocking how three neighboring birds became distinct species, with a golden-crowned hybrid emerging from two species with different head colorings.
(Université de Genève) What is the origin of this abundance of species in the Amazon River? Researchers at UNIGE have integrated a range of potential factors into a single statistical model to study the genesis of genetic diversity within a typical species. Show More Summary
The Amazon River harbors the largest biodiversity of freshwater fish in the world. What is the origin of this abundance of species? Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have integrated a range of potential factors...Show More Summary
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. After decades of bitter struggle, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seems on the verge of being opened to the oil industry....
Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. But—not unlike the creatures he was writing about—it wasn't quite done. Over the next 14 years, he continued to revise his masterwork, tweaking words, refining phrases, and adding pages and pages of new ideas. Sure, you can read the sixth edition and get the gist. Show More Summary
Years after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," he responded to a reader who wanted the biologist to explain whether his theory destroys the argument for an all-creating God. Darwin wrote a three-page letter, citing his own ailing health as one of the reasons he couldn't definitively answer the question. Show More Summary
It's estimated that Charles Darwin's copy of "On the Origin of Species" including the scientist's own hand-written notes could go for more than $660,000. Read more...
(Uppsala University) Darwin's finches in the Galápagos archipelago provide an iconic model for the evolution of biodiversity on earth due to natural selection. A team of scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University now reports that they have observed the origin of a new species. Show More Summary
After four decades of work, researchers published the origin of Big Bird (not that one ) in Science this week—and it's scientifically unprecedented. The BBC reports that for the first time ever, researchers were able to watch the rise of a new species play out in nature. "It's an...
This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. Show More Summary
What do the premier designer Vera Wang, the famous 1800s scientist and author of “On the Origin of Species” Charles Darwin, and NPR radio icon Terry Gross have in common? They all failed. And it wasn’t just the trial-and-error, have-to-pay-your-dues kind of failures that most […]
When it comes to rats, even scientists can get caught up in the blame game. For you see, in the case of the most common, the brown rat, its species name (Rattus norvegicus) is really a misnomer. No one knows why this became the accepted...Show More Summary
The 260,000-year-old Dali skull was found in China, but it looks a lot like the earliest known members of our species – which were found in Africa
Lecture – Rewriting Modern Human Origins: Insights from New Discovery in Morocco by Shara Bailey Newly discovered Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior had taken place across most […]