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A new study analyzing the origins of the adipose fin, thought by some to be vestigial, finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species -- a striking example of convergent evolution. Adipose fins also appear to have repeatedly and independently evolved skeleton, offering a glimpse into the evolution of vertebrate appendages.
A new article shows that several Jurassic sites are linked together by shared species and can be recognized as representing a single fossil fauna and flora, containing superbly preserved specimens of a diverse group of amphibian, mammal, and reptile species.
Why is the existence of God beyond the scope of science for Darwin? Darwin’s Origin of the Species ends with the following sentence: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has […]
http://theappendix.net/blog/2014/2/darwins-children-drew-vegetable-battles-on-the-origin-of-... But there are other drawings in Darwin's papers that defy explanation - until we remember that Darwin and his wife Emma (who, famously, was also his cousin) had a huge family of ten children. Show More Summary
The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History By Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt; 319 pages; $28) "There is grandeur in this view of life," concludes Charles Darwin in his opus On the Origin of Species. "... From so simple a beginning, endless...Show More Summary
Why are we the only two-legged creature to develop an exclusively upright gait? And what did it mean to the development of the human species? Worth considering. ~ Jeff Meldrum
What if all the forms of reported aliens are actually the pro-creators of worlds? Each world in this universe, seeded with parts of DNA from each species, left to evolve and in that process of evolution and civilization or self-destruction,...Show More Summary
Originally Posted at AcronymTV In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate "the institution of war as an acceptable enterprise for the human species." Visiting the website WorldBeyondWar.org,...Show More Summary
In the last few weeks I've been documenting the bird species in my local neighborhood, primarily around the cow pasture that sits a few blocks from my house. Much to my surprise, I was able to identify at least 25 different birds in a few days of walking, and I blogged some of my favorite pictures so far (here and here). Show More Summary
TEMPE, Ariz.—One of the most hotly debated issues in current human origins research focuses on how the 4.4 million-year-old African species Ardipithecus ramidus is related to the human lineage. "Ardi" was an unusual primate. Though it...Show More Summary
This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk initiative. Hundreds of thousands of birds and bats are killed by wind turbines in the US each year, including some protected species such as the golden eagle and the Indiana bat. Show More Summary
Attine ants make up a group of more than 240 known ant species that pioneered agriculture well before humans and nearly all other organisms in the history of life. They evolved more than 50 million years ago, growing elaborate fungal gardens as a source of food within nests for their colonies. Show More Summary
A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin's Origin of Species. By focusing on ovenbirds, one of the most...Show More Summary
Biologists have sequenced the genome of the Amborella plant. The genome sequence sheds new light on a major event in the history of life on Earth: the origin of flowering plants, including all major food crop species.
Photoshopped pictures of hybrid animals that could never actually exist in the wild are funny, but when that hybrid is a powerful new species which embodies the strengths of both original species and is capable of subjugating the human race we need to take notice. Show More Summary
Wasps, bees, ants and relatives comprise the megadiverse insect order Hymenoptera, the third most speciose animal group on Earth, far surpassing the number of known vertebrate species. All the four most diverse orders of animals (beetles, butterflies, wasps, and true flies) belong to the group of insects with complete metamorphosis, i.e. Show More Summary
Why do crosses between closely related species fail to produce fertile hybrids? A new study led by Professor Axel Imhof of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich shows that differences in the levels - not necessarily the sequences - of certain key proteins are crucial in mediating reproductive isolation. read more
Why do crosses between closely related species fail to produce fertile hybrids? A new study shows that differences in the levels - not necessarily the sequences - of certain key proteins are crucial in mediating reproductive isolation. Show More Summary
Scientists who study the origins of cats have a puzzle to solve: genetic studies indicate that the big cats (lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards) split off from other cat species about 10.8 million years ago and the oldest common ancestor...Show More Summary