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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

The first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees has been revealed by scientists. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. Show More Summary

Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. The ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species...Show More Summary

The Origin of the Species – a film by David Cronenberg

Gum Takes Tooth return to these aged shores.  Time has weathered some of their noisier tendrils, reduced their drag and exposed more of the electronic impulses that always moved beneath the surface.  Theirs is a ship exposed to the elements and actively evolving. In turn, their journey has seen the poly-rhythm survive and flourish.  Attaining... Read the full post »

Chimney Swift: Suited for Ashes and Soot

Originally denizens of old, undisturbed woodlands, the chimney swift became one of several animal species strongly associated with, and even reliant upon, human habitation.

The Varieties Of Atheist Experience

Brandon Ambrosino interviews Nick Spencer, author of Atheists: The Origin of the Species, about how unbelief in the divine has changed from Nietzsche to Dawkins: BA: Modern atheists seem of a very different variety than their forebears. For instance, Richard Dawkins, whom you critique, is very different than, say, Nietzsche. How did we get from […]

Nostalgic For Nietzsche

Nick Spencer’s Atheists: The Origins of the Species charges New Atheists with intellectual shallowness. In a review of the book, Michael Robbins laments the movement’s ignorance not just of the Christian tradition, but also of atheists from the past who did more than skewer religious fundamentalists. Above all, Robbins want them to grapple with Nietzsche, […]

Skulls with mix of Neandertal and primitive traits illuminate human evolution

Researchers have analyzed the largest collection of ancient fossil hominin species ever recovered from a single excavation site, shedding light on the origin and evolution of Neandertals.

C2 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray: The origin of species

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Car Tech

With the Stingray name making a comeback to the Corvette vernacular, XCAR takes a look back at the C2 'Vette, the original Ray.

When genes play games

Berkeley — What do you get when you mix theorists in computer science with evolutionary biologists? You get an algorithm to explain sex. It turns out that 155 years after Charles Darwin first published "On the Origin of Species," vexing...Show More Summary

In Honor of World Oceans Day, Don’t Forget the Bamboo Corals

Paramola cuvieri (Photo: Oceana / Oceana in Europe's Flickr page) Oceana in Europe celebrated World Oceans Day over the weekend by taking a look at some of the most overlooked, but intriguing, marine species. This story originally appeared on Oceana in Europe’s blog, and can be found here.

Hunters Called to Manage 2,400 “Destructive” Mule Deer in Santa Catalina

Although it may not look like it, the island of Santa Catalina in southern California was originally a barren rock. All wildlife now living on the island arrived over the ocean, and not all species are welcome. The Catalina Island Conservancy spent yea...

Ape of the Geek: Mi Zaïus (Novel)

Species: Evolved orangutang First Appearance: Planet of the Apes (Pierre Boulle, originally published in French as La Planét de Singes ) Other Appearances: None Merchandising: None Biography: Zaïus was the leading orangutang scientist on the ape-dominated world called Soror. Show More Summary

How to: Make friends, the Alfred Newton way

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

In an attempt to befriend Charles Darwin, zoologist Alfred Newton sent the author of Origin of Species a diseased partridge foot. It worked. (Thanks, Missy Covington!)

Ape of the Geek: Blip!

Blip and friends Species: Monkey, either of Terran or extraterrestrial origin. First Appearance: Space Ghost and Dino Boy (Hanna-Barbera, 1966) Other Appearances: Space Stars (Space Ghost segments, 1981), several Gold Key comics featuring Space Ghost, as well as assorted other comics from Comico, Archie, and DC. Show More Summary

Can The US Eliminate Invasive Species By Eating Them?

Currently across America, lakes, rivers and offshore waters are teeming with invasive species; aggressive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world that eat and multiply so fast that they are starving out the indigenous fauna. Many of these invasive species are potential sources of food, rasing the question – Why not control

Can US eliminate invasive species by eating them?

3 months agoNews : The Newsroom

HOUSTON (AP) — It seems like a simple proposition: American lakes, rivers and offshore waters are filling up with destructive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world, many of them potential sources of food.

The Doritos Origin Story: Repurposed Garbage from Disneyland

3 months agoOdd : Neatorama

(Photo: James) Superman was the last survivor of his species. Batman was an orphan who witnessed the murder of his own parents. Wolverine was the bastard son of a violent drunk. The best of superheroes start at the bottom of human suffering and crawl their way out to greatness. Show More Summary

Evolution of Viral Genes vs. Host Genes

Some viral genes show evidence of having an ancient origin, predating the divergence of host organisms into different species. The enzyme thymidine kinase (TK), for example, has followed a certain set of evolutionary paths in enteric bacteria: the E. Show More Summary

Celebrating Darwin and the Darwin Research Station in Galápagos

Exactly 158 years ago, on May 14, 1856, Charles Darwin began writing an extended treatise that would later become On the Origin of Species, his landmark work that laid out his theory of evolution by natural selection. Watercolor portrait...Show More Summary

Redescription of the oldest-known dolphin skull sheds light on their origins and evolution

Dolphins are the most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species such as the bottlenose dolphin and the killer whale. However, their early evolution and fossil record has been steeped in mystery due to lack of good specimens. A new article re-describes the oldest species of dolphin with a new name: Eodelphis kabatensis.

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