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Thoreau Was A Darwinist

"With the possible exception of Asa Gray, no American read the Origin of Species with as much care and insight as Henry David Thoreau.... That the struggle among species was an engine of creation struck him with particular force. It undermined transcendentalist assumptions about the essential goodness of nature, but it also corroborated many […]

New analysis of rare Argentinian rat unlocks origin of the largest mammalian genome

(McMaster University) New biological information gleaned from the red vizcacha rat, a native species of Argentina, demonstrates how genomes can rapidly change in size.Researchers from McMaster University set out to study this particular species because its genome, or its complete set of DNA, is the largest of all mammals, and appears to have increased in size very rapidly.

New analysis of rare Argentinian rat unlocks origin of the largest mammalian genome

New biological information gleaned from the red vizcacha rat, a native species of Argentina, demonstrates how genomes can rapidly change in size.

Fern fossil data clarifies origination and extinction of species

(University of Turku) Throughout the history of life, new groups of species have flourished at the expense of earlier ones and global biodiversity has varied dramatically over geologic time. A new study led by the University of Turku, Finland, shows that completely different factors regulate the rise and fall of species.

Dinosaurs' loss was frogs' gain: The upside of a mass extinction

(University of California - Berkeley) Based on earlier studies, biologists believed that the vast majority of today's frogs originated in a blossoming of new species 100 million years ago. New and more complete genetic data pinpoints...Show More Summary

Are we headed for a sixth mass extinction?

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Of all the species that have ever lived, more than 99 percent are now extinct. Most of them quietly disappeared during periods of “background extinction,” whereby a handful of species become extinct every 100,000...

Original Journey heading to Switch

Join the forces of the Ato as they set off on a journey across the universe to save their planet from a slow death. Find out how far one species is willing to go to save itself in this gorgeous hand drawn action adventure from Bonfire...Show More Summary

Sonequa Martin-Green Responds to Racist Criticism of Star Trek: Discovery

Since its first incarnation, Star Trek has been about multiculturalism, with characters of different species living and working together on the Starship Enterprise. The original series featured a diverse cast and even included the first interracial kiss ever shown on TV. Show More Summary


last monthAcademics : Nature

The News & Views article 'Palaeoanthropology: On the origin of our species' by Chris Stringer and Julia Galway-Witham (Nature546, 212–214; 2017) stated that at least five individuals were identified from human fossils uncovered in excavations reported by Hublin

Birds of a feather

(Louisiana State University) Biologists have always been fascinated by the diversity and changeability of life on Earth and have attempted to answer a fundamental question: How do new species originate?A new study provides the first large-scale test of the link between population differentiation rates and speciation rates. Show More Summary

Ancient fossils from Morocco mess up modern human origins

The findings may push back the origin of our species by more than 100,000 years and challenge leading ideas about where and how our lineage evolved. Continue reading ? The post Ancient fossils from Morocco mess up modern human origins appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Homo sapiens spread across the entire African continent around 300,000 years ago

New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by one hundred thousand years and show that by about 300 thousand years ago important changes in our biology and behaviour had taken place across most of Africa.

Scientists Say Cuba and the U.S. Need Each Other When It Comes to the Environment

This post originally appeared on The Conversation. Cuba is the ecological crown jewel of the Caribbean. It harbors thousands of the region’s endemic species and about half of its coastal ecosystems. It is rare to find comparable ecosystems...Show More Summary

Out of North Africa

I had previously called Irhoud 1 "The Father of Mankind" and proposed a "two deserts" theory of human evolution whereby our species originated in North Africa, and was pumped out of it to both the Middle East (and especially Arabia, the 2nd desert) and Sub-Saharan Africa during periods of Saharan aridity. Show More Summary

Oldest Fossils of Our Species Push Back Origin of Modern Humans

The oldest known bones of our species, dating back around 300,000 years, have been discovered in a cave in Morocco.

Moroccan fossils show human ancestors’ diet of game

New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years.

Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin Of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years

The remains of five early Homo sapiens have been unearthed at a site in northwest Africa. At around 300,000 years old, the fossils are a whopping 100,000 years older than the previous record, pushing back the origin of our species by a significant margin. Show More Summary

Oldest fossils of Homo sapiens found in Morocco, altering history of our species

Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent.

Morocco fossils push back the timeline on human origins

2 months agoNews : The Newsroom

Fossilized remains found in Morocco might belong to our 300,000-year-old ancestors. The skulls and bones could represent the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens, the human species to which we all belong, scientists said in two new studies published Wednesday. Show More Summary

Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

The understanding of human origins was turned on its head on Wednesday with the announcement of the discovery of fossils unearthed on a Moroccan hillside that are about 100,000 years older than any other known remains of our species, Homo sapiens. Scientists determined that skulls, limb bones and...

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