Research on lemurs' geographic mobility may help direct future conservation efforts on Madagascar. For centuries, scientists have marveled at Madagascar's lemur species, whose origins are unique to Madagascar. Unfortunately, all large-bodied...Show More Summary
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating
On the left is Geosesarma dennerle, on the right G. hagen. Both have yellow eyes, hence "vampire" crabs. The origins of these colorful crustaceans, which have long been sold as pets, have eluded scientists for years. Now, researchers have given them official names, and traced them to their Indonesian source. Read more...
A recently discovered species of catfish has been named after Greedo, the infamous bounty hunter from the original Star Wars whose brief encounter with Han Solo still sparks a debate among fans of the sci-fi films. Jonathan Armbruster,...Show More Summary
A watercolor on the back of a page of the original On the Origin of Species manuscript A vast collection of digitizations and transcriptions of naturalist Charles Darwin‘s manuscripts is still growing in the ongoing Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History. Some notable finds in the project are doodles and paintings […]
The ESRB has rated Batman: Arkham Knight ahead of its June release, and the result has surprised even the developer itself. After Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and even Arkham Origins all received “T for Teen” tatings, it seems Arkham Knight has gone a bit darker, and is now branded with an “M for Mature” for […]
Entomologists have discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya, and they’re naming it after a hockey goalie in Massachusetts. One of the researchers who helped find the insect, Robert S. Copeland, is originally from the Boston area, so...Show More Summary
On a page from Charles Darwin’s original manuscript of On the Origin of Species, two mounted swordsmen face off—one’s steed a mighty galloping carrot while the other, wearing a plumed yellow turban, approaches on a menacing-looking, four-legged eggplant. Show More Summary
We may have Charles Darwin's children to thank for the surviving handwritten pages of the naturalist's "On the Origin of Species" manuscript. Most of the original 600 pages are lost, and of the 45 pages that exist today, many were repurposed by Darwin's brood of 10 children as art supplies. Read more...
And you thought Steve Carell was Despicable! LOLz! Whereas the previous trailer for Minions focused on the origin of the species, this one is all about the villainy! Specifically Gru's predecessor — a fierce femme fatale name Scarlet Overkill! [ Video: The Minions Go Streaking For The Super Bowl! ] Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see Sandra [...]
Australia's cane toads are an instructive case of the problems of invasive species, as the creatures were originally introduced to control pests and then became a pest themselves. But now new research indicates that the best control mechanism is surprisingly simple: fences. Read more...
Pshhhh... 'Ferguson' isn't all that weird a name. The original 'East/West Bowl' sketch from Comedy Central's Key & Peele is not only one of the funniest things that show ever produced but one of the funniest things our species has every produced. Show More Summary
Dogs are 'man's best friend.' The origins of this dog-human relationship were subject of a study by behavioral scientists. They showed that the ancestors of dogs, the wolves, are at least as attentive to members of their species and to humans as dogs are. This social skill did not emerge during domestication, as has been suggested previously, but was already present in wolves.
On Sunday night, MTV aired its Nicki Minaj documentary My Time Again, the follow-up to 2010's My Time Now, which we all remember as the origin of her infamous pickle-juice snub and bitch-versus-boss analogy. Back then, in that special,...Show More Summary
In the sixth chapter of On The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin addresses "Organs of Extreme Perfection" – organs like the eye, the formation of which due to natural selection, Darwin "freely confessed," seems "absurd in the highest possible degree." But this is only part of a much longer quote. Read more...
Morten Høi Jensen surveys a number of recent books on the origins of modern atheism, finding in Nick Spencer’s Atheists: The Origins of the Species the intriguing argument that atheism’s rise was due to “thinkers who wanted to realign the relationship between religion and society,” rather than outright claims that God did not exist: One […]
There's an old story that gets tossed around about evolutionary biologist J.B. Haldane on the origin of what would become one of his favorite phrases. Someone asked him what his studies of the natural world had revealed about the nature of "the creator" if one existed.Read full article >>
I live in an extraordinary place! In my last post on the Great Valley I was discussing our use and abuse of our most precious resource, one of the richest soils on the planet. Some 95% of the original ecosystem has been manipulated by humans to achieve the highest biomass production possible. Show More Summary
Genealogy can reveal secrets about all of us, at once: the emergence of our species, the political history of the world, and the origins of the social structures that dictate modern life.
The digitization of Charles Darwin's scientific archive is half completed. When it's finished, the project will allow researchers and anyone who's curious to follow the steps that brought the 19th-century naturalist to formulate his evolutionary theory.