Oldest Homo sapiens fossils discovered - The oldest fossil remains of Homo sapiens, dating back to 300,000 years, have been found at a site in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. This is 100,000 years older than previously discovered fossils of Homo sapiens that have been securely dated From Popper
Bigger Not Always Better for Penis Size [Video] - Researchers report today that penis size does matter to women — though within limits. The finding suggests that women’s preferences could have fuelled the evolution of the human male penis, which is longer and thicker than that of any other primate. From Popper
Why You Move the Way You Do - Everybody got to move somewhere,â€ť sings Bob Dylan in "Mississippi." But why? Are we constantly in motion due to some fatal flaw in our make-up? A neurotic aversion to standing still? No, says Matt Wilkinson, author of Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements, the reason is bigger than that: Movement is what makes us human and has been the driving force of life on Earth. From X Isle
25 Mind Blowing Psychology Experiments…You Won’t Believe What’s Inside Your Head - Why do people act the way they do? Psychologists have been pondering this question since ancient times. Much of the knowledge we have about the human mind today has come from psychology experiments conducted within the last century. From Asch’s Conformity Experiment to Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, the psychologists in this list of 25 Intriguing Psychology Experiments have helped gather new information and provide insight into the otherwise chaotic trends in human thought and behavior. From Popper
Woman As Aggressor: The Unspoken Truth Of Domestic Violence - I approach this writing with some trepidation because it will run counter in some areas to the current debate regarding domestic violence. When wading in these highly volatile and controversial waters, one finds that disclaimers â€“ like life jackets â€“ must be affixed to the body of the argument. From Anawaram
Do Porn Watchers Have Smaller Brains? : Discovery News - German researchers looked at the brains of 64 men between the ages of 21 and 45 and found that one brain region (the striatum, linked to reward processing), was smaller in the brains of porn watchers, and that a specific part of the same region is also less activated when exposed to more pornography. From Anawaram
Parenting Rewires the Male Brain | Science/AAAS | News - Cultures around the world have long assumed that women are hardwired to be mothers. But a new study suggests that caring for children awakens a parenting network in the brainâ€”even turning on some of the same circuits in men as it does in women. From Anawaram
The Mammoth Cometh - NYTimes.com - The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals. From Anawaram
Researchers develop DNA GPS tool to accurately trace geographical ancestry - An international team of scientists has developed a process that allows them to pinpoint a personâ€™s geographical origin going back 1,000 years. Known as the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, the method is accurate enough to locate the village from which the subjectâ€™s ancestors came, and has significant implications for personalized medical treatment. From Anawaram
Evolution Explains Why We Still Have Butt Hair - Let’s be honest here: one person’s shaved balls is another person’s bushy mons pubis. That is to say, having a hairy butt crack isn’t necessarily unattractive. Some people love it. And since some people love hairy butts, hairy butt genes persist in humans because people with hairy butts are getting laid. Hell, in some circles, they’re getting laid a lot. Hairy butt cracks stick around because at the very least, because they aren’t a guaranteed deal-breaker, hairy butt genes keep getting passed on. From Nony
150 Million Years of Fish Evolution in One Handy Figure - Have you ever wished you could have the entire 150 million years of spiny-rayed fish evolution in convenient poster form? Well, wait no longer. Your happy day is here! Trust me . . . this is one poster featuring mullets you will not be embarrassed to display. From Nony
New Species of Legless Lizard Found at LAX : Discovery News - A bustling airport would hardly seem the place to find a new species of reclusive animal, but a team of California biologists recently found a shy new species of legless lizard living at the end of a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. From Anawaram
Girl who never ages may hold key to immortality - Gabby Williams is eight years old and only weighs 11 pounds. Her parents have agreed to let scientists use her for experiments in order to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of immortality.
At the age of eight, Gabby Williams still looks like an infant and needs to be cared for as if she were a newborn. Her parents still change her diapers and feed her multiple times a day. Mary Margret Williams, her mother, says that Gabby hasn't changed much throughout the years. Even her skin still feels like a baby's and her hair is still fine-textured.
25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit - It is easy to point fingers and mock Detroit, but the truth is that the rest of America is going down the exact same path that Detroit has gone down.
Detroit just got there first. From Roddy
Ancient Native Americans' Living Descendants Revealed - Yahoo! News - Ancient people who lived in in Northern America about 5,000 years ago have living descendants today, new research suggests.Researchers reached that conclusion after comparing DNA from both fossil remains found on the northern coast of British Columbia, Canada, and from living people who belong to several First Nations tribes in the area. From Anawaram
Hundreds of Dinosaur Egg Fossils Found - Researchers in northeastern Spain say they've uncovered hundreds of dinosaur egg fossils, including four kinds that had never been found before in the region. The eggs likely were left behind by sauropods millions of years ago. From Popper
500-million-year-old sea creature unearthed - Scientists have unearthed extraordinarily preserved fossils of a 520-million-year-old sea creature, one of the earliest animal fossils ever found, according to a new study.The fossilized animal, an arthropod called a fuxhianhuiid, has primitive limbs under its head, as well as the earliest example of a nervous system that extended past the head. The primitive creature may have used the limbs to push food into its mouth as it crept across the seafloor. The limbs may shed light on the evolutionary history of arthropods, which include crustaceans and insects. From cw
Guppies use ugly friends to seem more attractive - An article published Wednesday by Britain's Royal Society says that male guppies prefer to associate with their drab-colored counterparts when females are around.
"Males actively choose the social context that maximizes their relative attractiveness," the article said. Or, as lead author Clelia Gasparini put it, "If you are surrounded by ugly friends, you look better." From Popper
Meet Your Mama: First Ancestor of All Placental Mammals Revealed - A tiny, furry-tailed creature is the most complete picture yet as to what the ancestor of mice, elephants, lions, tigers, bears, whales, bats and humans once looked like, researchers say.
These new findings also suggest this forerunner of most mammals appeared shortly after the catastrophe that ended the age of dinosaurs, scientists added. From Popper
Asteroid Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs: New Evidence - The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosaurs in what is now Mexico now has fresh new support, researchers say.
The most recent and most familiar mass extinction is the one that finished the reign of the dinosaurs — the end-Cretaceous or Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, often known as K-T. The only survivors among the dinosaurs are the birds. From Popper
Where evil lurks: Neurologist discovers 'dark patch' inside the brains of killer - A German neurologist claims to have found the area of the brain where evil lurks in killers, rapists and robbers.
Bremen scientist Dr Gerhard Roth says the 'evil patch' lies in the brain's central lobe and shows up as a dark mass on X-rays.
He discovered it when investigating violent convicted offenders over the years for German government studies.
Walking Catfish, Demon Bat Among 126 New Mekong Species - Beelzebub's bat, a walking catfish and a frog that sounds like a bird are among 126 species introduced to science in just a year in the incredibly diverse Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia, according to a report released this week by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF). From Popper
Earth's Earliest Dinosaur Possibly Discovered - A wonky beast about the size of a Labrador retriever with a long neck and lengthy tail may be the world's earliest known dinosaur, say researchers who analyzed fossilized bones discovered in Tanzania in the 1930s.
Now named Nyasasaurus parringtoni, the dinosaur would've walked a different Earth from today. It lived between 240 million and 245 million years ago when the planet's continents were still stitched together to form the landmass Pangaea. Tanzania would've been part of the southern end of Pangaea that also included Africa, South America, Antarctica and Australia. From Popper
Intelligent people have 'unnatural' preferences and values that are novel in hum - More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds. The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years."
Tropical Plants Made Our Ancestors Hungry For Sex - For the first time, researchers found evidence that the consumption of plant-based estrogenic compounds, or phytoestrogens, likely played an important role in human evolution.
For 11 months, a research team studied a group of red colobus monkeys in Uganda, known to eat leaves from a tropical tree with estrogen-like compounds, called Millettia dura. From Popper
Your Belly Button is Like a Rainforest, and Here's Why - After decades of exploring the wealth of biodiversity found in some of the planet's remotest ecosystems, from high atop the forest canopy, to down deep within the ocean's murky depths, scientists have now turned their attention to one of the darkest, most foreboding places of all -- your belly button! From Popper
Video shows 'scientist' in Congress saying evolution is from 'pit of Hell' - U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's view that the theories of evolution and the big bang are "lies straight from the pit of Hell" is getting more exposure than he might have expected, thanks to a video that was made at a church-sponsored banquet in Georgia and distributed by a progressive political watchdog group. From Popper
Did Humans Have Sex With Neanderthals? - There has been a long-standing debate over whether humans had sex with Neanderthals and recent studies have pointed to shared genes as evidence of such interspecies dalliances.
But new research claims that common ancestry, not interbreeding, better explains why people of European and Asian descent share 1 to 4 percent of their DNA with Neanderthals. Some of us may not be part caveman after all. From Popper
Tuskless Elephants Evolving - A recent study has predicted that more male Asian elephants in China will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool, the China Daily reported Sunday. From cw
Professor's hypothesis may be game changer for evolutionary theory - A new hypothesis posed by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, associate professor and colleagues could be a game changer in the evolution arena. The hypothesis suggests some species are surviving by discarding genes and depending on other species to play their hand. From cw
Red deer people: Stone Age cavemen, 'an entirely new species', discovered in China - Four Stone Age people found in caves in China could be a entirely new species of humanoid - and the discovery 'opens a new chapter' in the history of evolution, say archaeologists.The fossils, found in two caves, belong to a previously unknown Stone Age people and have a 'highly unusual' mixture of ancient and modern features. From cw
New Bill Aims to Repeal Louisiana's Anti-Evolution Law | Mother Jones - Louisiana State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson wants to make sure evolution is taught in Louisiana science classes. Last week, Peterson introduced a bill that would repeal a four-year-old state law that encourages teachers to critique science such as evolution and global warming. The repeal effort, the second one in the state in the last year, represents the latest in a broader pushback against anti-evolution laws passed since 2008. Louisiana's Science Education Act, passed in 2008, was the first of its kind to be approved in a state legislature. It claims to promote "critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning." Attempts to pass similar legislation, which are often called "Academic Freedom" bills, have failed in a number of other states including Iowa, Florida, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire. My colleagues James West and Tim McDonnell have reported on parents' and teachers' efforts to push back against climate-change deniers in the classroom in Vermont, Washington, and Connecticut. From X Isle
Science Taboo for Republicans Seeking White House - Many of the Republican candidates vying for their party’s nod to take on President Barack Obama, dismiss science in favor of strong evangelical faith, playing to a hard-line conservative electorate.
Don't it make ya prouder 'n' shit to be Amurrrikan? From Roddy
Mankind's missing link - NEW testing on prehistoric skeletons found in South Africa has found they are 2 million years old -- providing compelling evidence the discovery could be mankind's earliest known ancestor.An international research team determined the age of the primitive human remains using uranium-lead dating and analysis of the flowstone surrounding them at the excavation site. From cw
Jon Stewart’s Ratings Are Now Higher Than All Of Fox News - According to the May Nielson ratings, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beat the entire Fox News network in terms of total viewers. Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers, while the Fox News prime time and day time line up averaged 1.85 million viewers. From Popper
IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end - The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.
For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China. From Popper
7 Science-Education Battlegrounds of 2011 - Less than four months into 2011, lawmakers in seven states have proposed nine pieces of legislation designed to undermine public science education.
It's a record-breaking pace on schedule to eclipse 11 similar bills proposed in 2009.
"There's been a rising tide of not just evolution denial, but science denial all the way around," Robert Luhn of the National Center for Science Education wrote in an e-mail to Wired.com. "Creationists and their kin are attacking global-warming science, plate tectonics, the Big Bang and on and on." From Popper
Lost DNA led to spineless penis, big brain - Women of the world will be particularly grateful that among the ditched DNA is the penile spine enhancer, which gives chimpanzees spiky-spined penises.Co-author Professor David Kingsley, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University, says the loss of the "intimidating" penile spines could be a factor in humans developing monogamous relationships. From cw
Can't kick bad habits? Blame the brain - Uh-oh, the new year's just begun and already you're finding it hard to keep those resolutions to junk the junk food, get off the couch or kick smoking. There's a biological reason a lot of our bad habits are so hard to break — they get wired into our brains.
That's not an excuse to give up. Understanding how unhealthy behaviors become ingrained has scientists learning some tricks that may help good habits replace the bad. From Popper
Six critically injured in morning fires - An accidental fire around 5:30 a.m. at a Shell gas station near 10th and Interstate 35 started after four guys trying to help two women were transporting gas in a bucket inside the cab of a pick-up truck and someone lit a cigarette From cw
Ancient human remains found in Israel - Israeli archaeologists said Monday they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man, and if so, it could upset theories of the origin of humans.A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old. From cw
Ancient humans, dubbed Denisovans, interbred with us - According to the researchers, this provides confirmation there were at least four distinct types of human in existence when anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) first left their African homeland. From cw
Evolution in Action: Lizard Moving From Eggs to Live Birth - Evolution has been caught in the act, according to scientists who are decoding how a species of Australian lizard is abandoning egg-laying in favor of live birth.Along the warm coastal lowlands of New South Wales (map), the yellow-bellied three-toed skink lays eggs to reproduce. But individuals of the same species living in the state's higher, colder mountains are almost all giving birth to live young. From cw
Hah Tu Spek Suthun -
(Hah Tu Spek Suthun)
BARD - verb. Past tense of the infinitive "to borrow."
Usage: "My brother bard my pickup truck."
JAWJUH - noun. A highly flammable state just north of Florida.
Usage: "My brother from Jawjah bard my pickup truck."
MUNTS - noun. A calendar division.
Usage: "My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I aint herd from him in munts."
IGNERT - adjective. Not smart. See "Auburn Alumni."
Usage: "Them N-C-TWO-A boys sure are ignert!"
RANCH - noun. A tool.
Usage: "I think I left my ranch in the back of that pickup truck my brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago." From Neo-Con
All Species Evolved From Single Cell, Study Finds - All life on Earth evolved from a single-celled organism that lived roughly 3.5 billion years ago, a new study seems to confirm.The study supports the widely held "universal common ancestor" theory first proposed by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago. From Nony
Missing link between man and apes found - The new species of hominid, the evolutionary branch of primates that includes humans, is to be revealed when the two-million-year-old skeleton of a child is unveiled this week.Scientists believe the almost-complete fossilised skeleton belonged to a previously-unknown type of early human ancestor that may have been a intermediate stage as ape-men evolved into the first species of advanced humans, Homo habilis. From cw
Gene research reveals fourth human species - A fourth type of hominid, besides Neanderthals, modern humans and the tiny â€śhobbitâ€ť, was living as recently as 40,000 years ago, according to research published in the journal Nature.The discovery by Svante PĂ¤Ă¤bo and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, is based on DNA sequences from a finger bone fragment discovered in a Siberian cave. From cw
Five Reasons Why Evolution Is Important - Today is the 201st birthday of Charles Darwin. It is worth celebrating this anniversary not only because of Darwin's great contributions to science, but also because of the practical ways his theory of evolution improves our lives today.Here are five reasons--drawn from medicine--why evolution is important: From Nony
Fossil tracks record 'oldest land-walkers' - The oldest evidence of four-legged animals walking on land has been discovered in southeast Poland.Rocks from a disused quarry record the "footprints" of unknown creatures that lived about 397 million years ago.Scientists tell the journal Nature that the fossil trackways even retain the impressions left by the "toes" on the animals' feet.The team says the find means that land vertebrates appeared millions of years earlier than previously supposed. From cw
From Genomes, a Census of Early Humans - From the composition of just two human genomes, geneticists have computed the size of the human population 1.2 million years ago from which everyone in the world is descended. From cw
The truth dogs reveal about evolution - We can turn to the example of dogs for some important lessons about natural selection. All breeds of dogs are domesticated wolves: not jackals, not coyotes and not foxes. But I need to qualify this in the light of a fascinating theory of the evolution of the dog, which has been most clearly articulated by the American zoologist Raymond Coppinger. The idea is that the evolution of the dog was not just a matter of artificial selection. It was at least as much a case of wolves adapting to the ways of Man by natural selection. Much of the initial domestication of the dog was selfdomestication, mediated by natural, not artificial, selection. Long before we got our hands on the chisels in the artificial selection toolbox, natural selection had already sculpted wolves into self-domesticated â€śvillage dogsâ€™ without any human intervention. From cw
Ask Carole | Evolutionary Science - Having trouble finding the perfect mate? Sick and tired of being bossed around by an alpha male? Carole Jahme shines the cold light of evolutionary psychology on life's little problems From Nony
Neanderthal 'make-up' containers discovered - Scientists claim to have the first persuasive evidence that Neanderthals wore "body paint" 50,000 years ago. The team report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that shells containing pigment residues were Neanderthal make-up containers. From CC
Gene change in cannibals reveals evolution in action - It's a snapshot of human evolution in progress. A genetic mutation protecting against kuru a brain disease passed on by eating human brains only emerged and spread in the last 200 years.When members of the Fore people in Papua New Guinea died, others would eat the dead person's brain during funeral rituals as a mark of respect. Kuru passed on in this way killed at least 2500 Fore in the 20th century until the cause was identified in the late 1950s and the practice halted. From cw
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt evolution is a fact. The evidence for evolution is at least as strong for the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust. From Nony
Rich 'may evolve into separate species' - The super-rich may evolve into a separate species entirely in the future due to enhancements in biotechnology and robotic engineering, American futurologist Paul Saffo has said. From Nony
Humans Are Still Evolving, Study - Researchers in the US studying two generations of contemporary women found evidence of natural selection among humans that showed we are still evolving despite advances in medical care and standards of living: they predicted that the women's descendents will be slightly shorter and chubbier, have lower blood pressure and cholesterol and will have their first children earlier in life.
Bone Crunching Debunks First Monkey Ida Fossil - Originally promoted as the stem of the primate family tree, it now appears that Darwinius masillae better known as Ida, the fossil that changes everything belonged to a fringe branch.This is the conclusion of researchers who analyzed primate fossils to determine where their own discovery, dubbed Afradapis and closely related to Darwinius, belongs on the tree. Far from spawning the ancestors of humans, the 47 million-year-old Darwinius seems merely to have gone extinct, leaving no descendants. From cw
Five-million-year old sloth fossil found in Peru - The nearly intact fossil of an ancient sloth that lived 5 million years ago has been unearthed in Peru, a find about 4 million years older than similar ones discovered in the Americas, researchers said. From danomil
The Evolution Deniers. - It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science." â€”from the Introduction to The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin From danomil
Intelligent Design. The Glass is Empty. - A frustrating basic pitfall:
The philosophers' final downfall.
They try and they try
But they can't reason why
The real world should make sense at all.
Grass-roots support for intelligent design is growing.The latest ploy of "evolution deniers" is the notion of "Intelligent Design", being promoted as a "scientific theory" worthy of (a) replacing the theory of evolution, and (b) sitting alongside Newton's mechanics as one of the great ideas of science. From danomil
Order from Disorder. Creation in Everyday Life. - A commonly-heard assertion from evolution-deniers is "order cannot arise from disorder", confidently offered as if it were a principle or law of nature. Though this idea has considerable emotional appeal to those with little understanding of science, it has no support in science, and abundant evidence observable today clearly shows that it is simply not true as a general principle. From danomil
High School Teachers Influence Student Views Of Evolution & Creationism - ScienceDaily (May 4, 2009) â€” College students' views about evolution and creationism are often shaped by what they learned in their high school biology classes, according to a University of Minnesota study published in the May issue of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. From danomil
Teaching Evolution? Many High School Biology Teachers Include Creationism In Their Curriculum - In many ways, much has changed since the famous Scopes Monkey trial of 1925. In recent years, US courts have consistently ruled that teaching explicitly religious alternatives to evolution in public schools is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. But in a new essay in PLoS Biology, political scientist Michael Berkman and his colleagues show that despite these many legal victories, a surprising number of public high school biology teachers still include creationism or intelligent design in their curriculum. From danomil
Early Humans Were Poor Climbers - "I think by 3 [million] to 4 million years ago that tradeoff was occurring," he said. "Our ancestors were becoming very capable upright walkers, and it came at the expense to our ability to climb trees." From NeoCon
Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin -Times Online - The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes. ... Conceding that the Church had been hostile to Darwin because his theory appeared to conflict with the account of creation in Genesis, Archbishop Ravasi argued yesterday that biological evolution and the Christian view of Creation were complementary. From Surfer
Fossils Of Whales Reveal They Gave Birth On Land - Two newly described fossil whales, a pregnant female and a male of the same species reveal how primitive whales gave birth and provide new insights into how whales made the transition from land to sea. From cw
Early Whales Had Legs - The first whales once swam the seas by wiggling large hind feet, research now suggests.These new findings shed light on the mysterious shift these leviathans made away from land.The ancestors of whales once strode on land on four legs, just as other mammals do. Over time, as they evolved to dwell in water, their front legs became flippers while they lost their back legs and hips, although modern whales all still retain traces of pelvises, and occasionally throwbacks are born with vestiges of hind limbs. From Nony
Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say - A policeman and a former corrections officer say that on Friday they will unveil evidence of what they claim is their biggest find ever: the body of Bigfoot. From Popper
How blind salamanders make nonsense of creationists' claims. - The creationists invariably speak of the eye in hushed tones. How, they demand to know, can such a sophisticated organ have gone through clumsy evolutionary stages in order to reach its current magnificence and versatility? The salamanders of Planet Earth appear to this layman to furnish a possibly devastating answer to that question. From Surfer
150th Anniversary of Theory of Evolution - 1858: The Linnaean Society of London listens to the reading of a composite paper on how natural selection accounts for the evolution and variety of species. The authors are Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Modern biology is born.Scientists of the time knew that evolution occurred. The fossil record showed evidence of life forms that no longer existed. The question was, how did it occur? From cw
A New Step In Evolution - One of the most important experiments in evolution is going on right now in a laboratory in Michigan State University. A dozen flasks full of E. coli are sloshing around on a gently rocking table. The bacteria in those flasks has been evolving since 1988--for over 44,000 generations. And because they've been so carefully observed all that time, they've revealed some important lessons about how evolution works. From cw
Vatican : God made pre-humans into people - VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While apes evolved naturally into pre-human creatures, it was the will and desire of God that turned them into humans, an article in the Vatican newspaper said."The formation of human beings necessitated a particular contribution by God, though it remains that their emergence was brought about by natural causes" of evolution, it said. From Olga
"Please pass the fire...did I say that?" - LONDON (Reuters) - Neanderthals have spoken out for the first time in 30,000 years, with the help of scientists who have simulated their voices using fossil evidence and a computer synthesizer.
Researcher finds fossilized shell-breaking crab - While waiting for colleagues at a small natural history museum in the state of Chiapas, Mexico last year, Cornell paleontologist Greg Dietl chanced upon a discovery that has helped rewrite the evolutionary history of crabs and the shelled mollusks upon which they preyed. From cw
Skin-Breathing Frog Offers Insight Into Species Evolution - Scientists discover an aquatic frog that has no lungs and breathes through its skin in a remote area in Indonesia. The finding, which appears in this week's edition of the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology, could provide insight into what drives evolution in certain species.
Ancient serpent shows its legs - A fossil animal locked in Lebanese limestone has been shown to be an extremely precious discovery - a snake with two legs.Scientists have only a handful of specimens that illustrate the evolutionary narrative that goes from ancient lizard to limbless modern serpent. From cw
Merging bacteria species reverse evolution - Two bacterial species have apparently been caught in the act of merging back into one. This case of de-speciation may be a consequence of the two species being thrown together within domestic animals. From cw
Fossil sheds light on the history of sex - A long, thin rope-like creature standing erect on the sea floor up to 570 million years ago has been identified as the first animal on Earth to have had sex. From cw
Top 15 Misconceptions about Evolution - Biological evolution is descent with modification. This definition encompasses small-scale evolution (changes in gene frequency in a population from one generation to the next) and large-scale evolution (the descent of different species from a common ancestor over many generations). Evolution helps us to understand the history of life. While evolution is very widely accepted, many people hold to misconceptions about it. This list should help to dispel some of those myths. From cw
Top 15 Misconceptions about Evolution - Biological evolution is descent with modification. This definition encompasses small-scale evolution (changes in gene frequency in a population from one generation to the next) and large-scale evolution (the descent of different species from a common ancestor over many generations). Evolution helps us to understand the history of life. While evolution is very widely accepted, many people hold to misconceptions about it. This list should help to dispel some of those myths. From Nony
Creationists seek foothold in Europe - Yahoo! News - LONDON - After the Sunday service in Westminster Chapel, where worshippers were exhorted to wage "the culture war" in the World War II spirit of Sir Winston Churchill, cabbie James McLean delivered his verdict on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution."Evolution is a lie, and it's being taught in schools as fact, and it's leading our kids in the wrong direction," said McLean, chatting outside the chapel. "But now people like Ken Ham are tearing evolution to pieces." From cjdusa
State: The evolution of a sensitive lesson - Sometimes, Allyn Sue Baylor doesn't teach evolution in her science class, even though the state requires it. She knows of other teachers who duck the issue, too.They fear a backlash."There are cases when parents have gotten really upset," said Baylor, who teaches at Palm Harbor Middle School in Pinellas County. "It's scary. You can lose your job." From CJDUSA
Elephants Evolve Smaller Tusks Due to Poaching - Experts believe the rapid evolution of the massive land mammals is due to poaching. Zoologists from Oxford University suggest that ivory poachers, who go for the largest males with the largest tusks, have caused the breeding behaviors of the animals to change rapidly in a short time. From cw
Cats that Glow ?! - South Korean scientists say they have cloned cats whose genes have been altered so that they glow in the dark - taking advantage of a technological twist that could someday be used to make more dramatic genetic changes in all sorts of creatures. From popper
Does this man look black to you? - One of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century should now be attributed to a black man, or so it seems.
James Watson, the man who worked with Francis Crick to identify the double-helical structure of DNA, who upon casual inspection might well qualify for the title of "most blatantly Caucasian male" among a raft of serious contenders that includes Mitt Romney, Tucker Carlson, Harry Reid and Peyton Manning, is actually black! From Popper
Cloned Cats that Glow - South Korean scientists say they have cloned cats whose genes have been altered so that they glow in the dark - taking advantage of a technological twist that could someday be used to make more dramatic genetic changes in all sorts of creatures. From Popper
Dig reshapes ancient Jerusalem - Israeli archaeologists say they have unearthed a wall beyond Jerusalem's old boundaries, showing that the city built by biblical King David may have been much larger than previously thought.
The Israel Antiquities Authority said it believed the 16-foot-high (5-meter-high) wall was part of a two-story structure demolished in A.D. 70 when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the second Jewish temple built by King Herod. From Popper
Prehistoric sea ‘monster’ discovered - Remains of a bus-sized prehistoric "monster" reptile found on a remote Arctic island may be a new species never before recorded by science, researchers said Tuesday. From Popper
Creationism - Geology - Rocks and Minerals - A brightly painted sign in the state park explained that 450 million years ago these ancient creatures lived at the bottom of a warm, shallow sea during the Ordovician period. But none of these geologists believed it. As young-earth creationists, they think the earth is about 8,000 years old, give or take a few thousand years. Thatâ€™s about the amount of time conventional geology says it can take to form one inch of limestone. From cw
Scientists claim to break light-speed barrier - Exceeding the speed of light, approximately 300,000km per second, is supposed to be completely impossible. According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object through the light barrier.
But two German physicists claim to have forced light to overcome its own speed limit using the strange phenomenon known as "quantum tunneling." From Popper
Date of first oxygen on Earth recalculated - Oxygen, key to life on Earth today, began to appear on the planet millions of years earlier than scientists had thought, new research indicates.
An analysis of a deep rock core from Australia indicates the presence of at least some oxygen 50 million to 100 million years before the great change when the life-giving element began rising to today's levels, according to two papers appearing in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
Previously, the earliest indications of oxygen had been from between 2.3 billion and 2.4 billion years ago when the "Great Oxidation Event" occurred. From Popper
Human ancestor had mix of primitive, modern traits - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The earliest-known human ancestors to migrate out of Africa possessed a surprising mix of human-like and primitive features, according to scientists who studied remains dug up at a fossil-rich site in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Researchers analyze men's pickup lines - Even the worst pickup lines -- "You remind me of a parking ticket, because you've got fine written all over you," for instance -- serve an evolutionary purpose, according to a team of Scottish psychologists.
Texas museum to show Lucy fossil amid criticism - HOUSTON (Reuters) - Lucy, the world's most famous human ancestor, will go on public display for the first time in the United States this week amid criticism that her 3.2 million year old bones are too fragile to withstand an 11-city tour.
Moth study backs classic 'test case' for Darwin's theory - I - For more than a century it has been cited as the quintessential example of Darwinism in action. It was the story of the peppered moth and how its two forms had struggled for supremacy in the polluted woodlands of industrial Britain. Now, it's been proven. From Surfer
Study: Why Girls Like Pink - When shopping for baby gifts, everyone knows that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. But now there's evidence that those colors may be more than just marketing gimmicks. According to a new study in the Aug. 21 issue of Current Biology, women may be biologically programmed to prefer the color pink — or, at least, redder shades of blue — more than men. From Popper
Why Bugs Are Not Huge - Dragonflies with hawk-sized wing spans and millipedes longer than a human leg lived more than 250 million years ago. Scientists have long wondered why sci-fi bugs don't exist today. From cw
What Evolution Left Behind On Humans - I’ve always been fascinated with human evolution. To me, the most fascinating part of human evolution is learning about what was “left behind” on our bodies from our ancestors. Also are left overs from prenatal development.The list is actually much longer than one would think. From Nony
Fossils in Kenya Challenge Linear Evolution - Scientists who dated and analyzed the specimens a 1.44 million-year-old Homo habilis and a 1.55 million-year-old Homo erectus said their findings challenged the conventional view that these species evolved one after the other. Instead, they apparently lived side by side in eastern Africa for almost half a million years. From cw
Did a comet hit the Great Lakes region and fragment humans? - Multi-institutional 26-member team of researchers propose a startling new theory: that an extraterrestrial impact, possibly a comet, set off a 1,000-year-long cold spell and wiped out or fragmented the prehistoric Clovis culture and a variety of animal genera across North America almost 13,000 years ago. From cw
Where (and How) Evolution Is Taught In the US - Scientists generally accept the theory of evolution as the back-story of how animal species (including humans) came into being over a period of several billion years. Religious literalists maintain their belief in creation, as laid down in the Bible: God made the earth and all that is on it (including humans, after His own image) in one week, a couple of thousand years ago. From Nony
Interspecies Sex: Evolution's Hidden Secret? - The act of mating with a species other than your own may not be as ill advised or peculiar as it seems.Recent research indicates that hybridization is not only widespread in nature but it might also spawn many more new species than previously thought. From Nony
Early man 'couldn't stomach milk' - A drink of milk was off the menu for Europeans until only a few thousand years ago, say researchers from London.Analysis of Neolithic remains, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests no European adults could digest the drink at that time. From cw
Humans, chimps split 4 million years ago - A new study, certain to be controversial, maintains that chimpanzees and humans split from a common ancestor just 4 million years ago -- a much shorter time than current estimates of 5 million to 7 million years ago. From cw
Evolution memo prompts call for apology - A Jewish organization is demanding an apology from a Georgia legislator for a memo that says the teaching of evolution should be banned because it is a myth propagated by an ancient Jewish sect.
So it wasn't Darwin after all! LOL Stupid bigotted christians! And this guy is a state-representative to boot!!! From Nony
Memo: Stop teaching evolution - AUSTIN – The second most powerful member of the Texas House has circulated a Georgia lawmaker's call for a broad assault on teaching of evolution.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, used House operations Tuesday to deliver a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges.
The memo assails what it calls "the evolution monopoly in the schools."
Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs. From Nony
Conservatives lose latest Darwin battle in Kansas - The Kansas Board of Education on Tuesday threw out science standards deemed hostile to evolution, undoing the work of Christian conservatives in the ongoing battle over what to teach U.S. public school students about the origins of life. The board in the central U.S. state voted 6-4 to replace them with teaching standards that mirror the mainstream in science education and eliminate criticisms of evolutionary theory.
Thank (the non-existent) god ... common sense prevails sometimes From Nony
Evolution Sunday - On 11 February 2007 hundreds of congregations from all portions of the country and a host of denominations will come together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science. More than 10,000 Christian clergy have already signed The Clergy Letter demonstrating that this is a false dichotomy. Now, on the 198th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, many of these leaders will bring this message to their congregations through sermons and/or discussion groups. Together, participating religious leaders will be making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries. And, together, they will be elevating the quality of the national debate on this topic. From Nony
Ancient boy's skeleton sparks evolution debate - Deep in the dusty, unlit corridors of Kenya's national museum, locked away in a plain-looking cabinet, is one of mankind's oldest relics: Turkana Boy, as he is known, the most complete skeleton of a prehistoric human ever found.But his first public display later this year is at the heart of a growing storm -- one pitting scientists against Kenya's powerful and popular evangelical Christian movement. The debate over evolution vs. creationism -- once largely confined to the United States -- has arrived in a country known as the cradle of mankind."I did not evolve from Turkana Boy or anything like it," says Bishop Boniface Adoyo, head of Kenya's 35 evangelical denominations, which he claims have 10 million followers. "These sorts of silly views are killing our faith." From cw
'Hobbit' human 'is a new species - The tiny skeletal remains of human "Hobbits" found on an Indonesian island belong to a completely new branch of our family tree, a study has found.The finds caused a sensation when they were announced to the world in 2004.But some researchers argued the bones belonged to a modern human with a combination of small stature and a brain disorder called microcephaly. From cw
Study: Single massive asteroid wiped out dinosaurs - A single, gigantic asteroid slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, dooming the dinosaurs and many other species, scientists said on Thursday in a new study rebutting theories that multiple impacts did the deed.
An examination of rock sediments drilled from five sites at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean strongly supports the notion that one massive hunk of space rock caused the mass extinction, a research team led by University of Missouri-Columbia geology professor Ken MacLeod found. From popper
Did evolution make our eyes stand out? - For humans, the eyes are more than just windows to the outside world. They are also portals inward, providing others with glimpses into our inner thoughts and feelings.Of all primates, human eyes are the most conspicuous; our eyes see, but they are also meant to be seen. Our colored irises float against backdrops of white and encircle black pupils. This color contrast is not found in the eyes of most apes. From cw
Did evolution make our eyes stand out? - For humans, the eyes are more than just windows to the outside world. They are also portals inward, providing others with glimpses into our inner thoughts and feelings.
Of all primates, human eyes are the most conspicuous; our eyes see, but they are also meant to be seen. Our colored irises float against backdrops of white and encircle black pupils. This color contrast is not found in the eyes of most apes. From Popper
Dolphin discovered with Remains of Legs - From The Washington Post: Tokyo - Japanese researchers said Sunday that a bottlenose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of hind legs, a discovery that may provide further evidence that ocean-dwelling mammals once lived on land. From cw
Number of gay-friendly firms seen growing - A record number of U.S. companies are trying to be gay-friendly, according to a survey released Tuesday showing a growing number offering benefits and protections to gay and lesbian employees and customers.
An unprecedented 138 major U.S. companies scored 100 percent in a Corporate Equality Index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based gay rights advocacy group.
That number was up from 101 companies last year and was 10 times higher than the 13 companies with that score in 2002, said the campaign, which conducts research and education programs and lobbies Congress. From Popper
Evolution debate rears head again in Ohio - CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Americans who question evolution are testing a new tactic in Ohio, arguing that schools should be required to discuss all controversial issues from creation to stem cell research and global warming.
A note of explanation about the Beloit College Mindset List - 1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2. They have known only two presidents.
3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
5. They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes."
6. There has always been only one Germany. From Popper
'Millennials' lead the wired life - I consider this sort of an 'evolution' of man kind. --Popper
When they were babies, compact discs were phasing out audio cassettes. When they hit pre-school, the Internet came into widespread use. In elementary school, they learned how to surf that ‘Net while vying for the high scores in video games and watching Disney on DVD. In middle school, pagers and PC’s were part of daily life. In high school, cell phones with organizers, instant messaging and cameras were in every classroom.
In college, they can order books online, bring laptops to class and IM friends while on study breaks in the library. From Popper
Growing number of Americans reject evolution - A recent international study in the journal Science by Professor Jon Miller of Michigan State University and his associates finds that a growing number of Americans do not believe in the theory of evolution. From Nony
Pope prepares to embrace theory of intelligent design - Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican's view of evolution.
US Department of Education 'overlooks' evolution - The department of education claims the omission is simply a mistake and insists that US students taking evolutionary biology majors are eligible for the grants. However, the incident has left pro-evolution campaigners wondering whether evolutionary biology was deliberately eliminated from the list by people who find Darwinian evolution impossible to reconcile with their own religious beliefs. From cw
Just a theory? - I was recently fortunate enough to witness a high school biologyteacher get hit by a question about Evolution.In early September, I stopped by to visit my High School Bio teacher.I try to make a trip back to see him once a year, largely because hewas the man who inspired me to pursue science as a career. It has beenalmost seven years since I graduated, but he's still teaching the samecourse. I make it a point when I come to sit at one of the lab benchesin the back of the classroom to sit in on one of his lectures; just forold time's sake, I suppose.At any rate, he was starting evolution that day (he has some leeway asto the order in which he covers the material; he usually puts evolutionnear the beginning since, as Dobzhanski put it "Nothing in biologymakes sense, except in the light of evolution."). So, as he began intohis lecture; starting with some of the history behind it, one student(clearly in a somewhat confrontational mood) pointed out that theevolution was "just a theory."I spent four years completing an undergraduate degree in physics, I'mnow within eight months of completing a PhD. in Biophysics. So when Isay that in the five minutes that followed, I witnessed the single bestexplanation of what a scientific theory entails that I have ever seen;I want you to understand my full meaning. I wish I'd been takingnotes, because the lecture was simply brilliant; so what follows islargely me paraphrasing him from my (admittedly somewhat sketchy)memory of the event. From cw
Animals evolve to keep pace with global warming - GLOBAL warming is already influencing the evolution of some animals, according to research that attributes genetic changes to rising temperatures. Scientists have identified heritable genetic changes among squirrels, birds and insects that appear to be evolved adaptations to a warmer world. As average temperatures have increased, the researchers say, so have the lengths of the warmer spring and autumn seasons. This has given a substantial advantage to animals with the genetic ability to vary their behaviour accordingly, influencing the course of evolution. From Nony
Top Ten Myths About Evolution - I simply will not reply to challenges that do not address this question. Refutability is one of the classic determinants of whether a theory can be called scientific. Moreover, I have found it to be a great general-purpose cut-through-the-crap question to determine whether somebody is interested in serious intellectual inquiry or just playing mind games. Note, by the way, that I am assuming the burden of proof here - all you have to do is commit to a criterion for testing. It's easy to criticize science for being "closed-minded". Are you open-minded enough to consider whether your ideas might be wrong? From cw
Scientists study the ecosystem in our gut - We may not be entirely human, gene experts said Thursday after studying the DNA of hundreds of different kinds of bacteria in the human gut.
Bacteria are so important to key functions such as digestion and the immune system that we may be truly symbiotic organisms — relying on one another for life itself, the scientists write in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.
Prehistoric ecosystem found in Israeli cave - Yahoo! News - Israeli scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered a prehistoric ecosystem dating back millions of years."Every species we examined had no eyes which means they lost their sight due to evolution," said Dimantman. From Surfer
Would life extension make us less human? - If our species ever does unlock the secrets of aging and learns to live forever, we might not lose our souls, but, like Dorian, we will no longer be human either, says Kass, a bioethicist at the University of Chicago and a longtime critic of life extension research. For Kass, to argue that life is better without death is to argue "that human life would be better being something other than human." From Popper
Sexual ornaments grow out of all proportion - Now, in the largest survey to date, James Brown at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, US, and his colleagues have examined the proportions of 284 ornament-bearing species to see whether the tendency was truly universal. They found that in virtually every case, ornament size grew by roughly the square of the overall growth rate. From Surfer
In the Tool Shed, Apes Plan Ahead - You can give an ape a tool, but you can't make him use it, especially if he's just hanging on to it for later use.
A new study reveals that like a person drawing up a grocery list or packing sunscreen and snorkel for a beach vacation, apes plan ahead and collect tools they might need for future tasks.
The findings suggest that the precursor skills for planning ahead evolved in the common ancestor for humans and all other great apes at least 14 million years ago. From cw
Chimpanzee and human ancestors may have had sex - The evolutionary split between humans and our nearest evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees, may have occurred more recently than we thought, according to a new comparison of the respective genetic sequences. What's more, it might have been a messy divorce rather than a clean break From
Two Splits Between Human and Chimp Lines Suggested - The split between the human and chimpanzee lineages, a pivotal event in human evolution, may have occurred millions of years later than fossil bones suggest, and the break may not have been as clean as humans might like. From cw
Massive duplication of genes solves Darwin's plant mystery - Researchers from the Floral Genome Project at Penn State, with an international team of collaborators, have proposed an answer to Charles Darwin's "abominable mystery": the inexplicably rapid evolution of flowering plants immediately after their first appearance some 140 million years ago. By developing new statistical methods to analyze incomplete DNA sequences from 13 strategically selected plant species, the researchers uncovered a previously hidden "paleopolyploidy" event, an ancient whole-genome duplication that preceded the appearance of the ancestral flowering plant. The results will appear in the June issue of Genome Research. From cw
Major Vulnerability Found in Diebold Election Machines - Armed with a little basic knowledge of Diebold voting systems and a standard component available at any computer store, someone with a minute or two of access to a Diebold touch screen could load virtually any software into the machine and disable it, redistribute votes or alter its performance in myriad ways. From cw
Evolution explains why women live longer than men - "Women live longer in almost every country, and the sex difference in lifespan has been recognized since at least the mid-18th century," said Daniel J. Kruger, a research scientist in the U-M School of Public Health and the Institute for Social Research. "It isn't a recent trend; it originates from our deep evolutionary history." From Nony
Dinosaur Shocker - It was big news indeed last year when Schweitzer announced she had discovered blood vessels and structures that looked like whole cells inside that T. rex boneâ€”the first observation of its kind. The finding amazed colleagues, who had never imagined that even a trace of still-soft dinosaur tissue could survive. From Surfer
Fossil connects human evolution dots - The latest fossil unearthed from a human ancestral hot spot in Africa allows scientists to link together the most complete chain of human evolution so far. From cw
Getting Evolution Up to Speed - New evidence suggests humans are evolving more rapidly -- and more recently -- than most people thought possible. But for some radical evolutionists, Homo sapiens isn't morphing quickly enough. From cw
Fossil shows how fish made the leap to land - Scientists have caught a fossil fish in the act of adapting toward a life on land, a discovery that sheds new light on one of the greatest transformations in the history of animals.
Researchers have long known that fish evolved into the first creatures on land with four legs and backbones more than 365 million years ago, but they’ve had precious little fossil evidence to document how it happened. From Popper
Discovered: missing link that solves a mystery of evolution - Scientists have made one of the most important fossil finds in history: a missing link between fish and land animals, showing how creatures first walked out of the water and on to dry land more than 375m years ago.Palaeontologists have said that the find, a crocodile-like animal called the Tiktaalik roseae and described today in the journal Nature, could become an icon of evolution in action - like Archaeopteryx, the famous fossil that bridged the gap between reptiles and birds. From Nony
Arkansas (behind the) Times - They are permitted to use the word â€śadaptationâ€ť but only to refer to a current characteristic of an organism, not as a product of evolutionary change via natural selection. They cannot even use the term â€śnatural selection.â€ť Bob feared that not being able to use evolutionary terms and ideas to answer his studentsâ€™ questions would lead to reinforcement of their misconceptions. From cw
Someone has some brains... - The state Board of Education on Wednesday rejected a state panel's proposal to change high school standards on evolution by calling on students to "critically analyze" the theory. From cw
Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story - New York Times - Providing the strongest evidence yet that humans are still evolving, researchers have detected some 700 regions of the human genome where genes appear to have been reshaped by natural selection, a principal force of evolution, within the last 5,000 to 15,000 years. From Surfer
New Scientist Chimpanzees show hints of higher human traits - Our closest relative the chimpanzee is capable of sophisticated cooperative behaviour and even rudimentary altruism, two new studies reveal. The discovery suggests that some of the underpinnings of human sociality may have been present millions of years ago. From Surfer
Comet Dust Has Hints of Organic - Specks of comet dust carried to Earth inside a NASA science probe show tantalizing hints of organic compounds, bolstering suspicions that comets delivered key ingredients for the development of life on Earth. From Surfer
The Genographic Project - Two months ago my father told me that he had just sent a cheek swab sample to the National Geographic Genographic Project, which, at the time, I had never heard of. To have the website tell it, the goal of the project is to understand the human journey where we came from and how we got to where we live today. The data collected will map world migratory patterns dating back some 150,000 years and will fill in the huge gaps in our knowledge of humankind's migratory history. From cw
Time changes modern human's face - Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years.Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors. From Surfer
Evolution Study Tightens Human-Chimp Connection - Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found genetic evidence that seems to support a controversial hypothesis that humans and chimpanzees may be more closely related to each other than chimps are to the other two species of great apes From cw
Vatican Paper Hits 'Intelligent Design' - The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying "intelligent design" is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms only creates confusion. From cw
The Second Evolution: The Unified Teem Theory Of Evolution - This site describes a radical new scientific theory - that in addition to 'natural selection,' the evolutionary process discovered by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace in 1859, a second evolutionary process also exists that regulates the evolution of instincts and emotions in multicellular animals. From feelingravity
Chimps with everything: a ridiculous war - IT SOUNDS SO innocuous. Of Pandas and People has a whimsical, almost Disneyesque ring to it, a soft-toy tome for children curious about the rich variety of species found in nature. To its critics, though, Pandas, the result of a collaboration between the American authors Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon, is the wrong-headed and downright wicked textbook of intelligent design (ID) theory. From cw
Evolution tops 2005's scientific breakthrough - Ironic, isn't it??
Two days after a U.S. judge struck down the teaching of intelligent design theory in a Pennsylvania public school, the journal Science on Thursday proclaimed evolution the breakthrough of 2005.
"Amid this outpouring of results, 2005 stands out as a banner year for uncovering the intricacies of how evolution actually proceeds," they wrote. "Ironically, also this year, some segments of American society fought to dilute the teaching of even the basic facts of evolution." From Popper
Evolution - Scientists who study the extinct creatures that once roamed the Earth are called paleontologists. If you were to watch a paleontologist at work, you would probably see him on his hands and knees, methodically and painstakingly examining the surface of the ground. This is because he is looking for fossils, or else he has lost a contact lens.A fossil is any trace left behind by a living thing. Usually the term refers to mineralized bones, but it can also include teeth, eggs, footprints and unpaid phone bills. By careful analysis, paleontologists can often reconstruct an entire animal from just a tiny fragment of bone. From cw
IOL: Fossil strengthens dinosaur ancestry case - A perfectly preserved fossil of a feathered creature that lived 150 million years ago has provided further evidence to show that modern birds originate from dinosaurs.The fossil is a complete skeleton of an Archaeopteryx and shows that it had features common to birds and a group of meat-eating dinosaurs called theropods. From Surfer
NY Museum Exhibit Examines Evolution - Nearly 150 years after he proposed it, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution remains controversial, even though most scientists today accept it as biological fact. A major new museum exhibit in New York examines the scientific evidence for evolution, and attempts to understand Charles Darwin both as a scientific genius, and as a man. From cw
Pro-evolution site sued over public funding - A California couple has sued the operators of a University of California-Berkeley Web site designed to help teachers teach evolution, claiming it improperly strays into religion. From cw
Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs) - In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859) and his next publication, The Descent of Man (1871), he referred to several “vestiges” in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent. From cw
'Intelligent design' case draws to close - U.S. District Judge John Jones said he wants to decide by year's end the case that addresses whether a Pennsylvania school district violated the U.S. Constitution when it introduced intelligent design -- a theory that competes with evolution -- into science classes. From cw
Monkey Math Mirrors Our Own - Until now, scientists thought the rule was rooted in our language abilities. But in a recent study by researchers at Duke University, a group of monkeys have shown a similar ability to tell the difference between large and small groups of dots. From cw
Darwin's Natural Selection Still at Work in Humans - In one of the most detailed human DNA studies ever conducted, researchers analyzed nearly 12,000 genes from 39 people and a chimpanzee, our closest living relative. The findings suggest that about 9 percent of the human genes examined are undergoing rapid evolution. From cw
Critic of evolution attacks scientists - A leading U.S. critic of evolution accused two scientific organizations on Tuesday of politics and misleading the public in their rejection of "intelligent design."He also compared intelligent design -- which holds that nature is so complex it must have been the work of a creator -- to the "Big Bang" theory, saying it just may take time for scientists to accept it. From cw
More Flores 'Hobbits' described - The researchers say they are now more convinced than ever that Homo floresiensis represents a distinct species and not some diseased individual of modern human (Homo sapiens)as some sceptics have suggested. From cw
More bones of hobbit-sized humans discovered - Australian scientists said on Tuesday they have discovered more remains of hobbit-sized humans which belong to a previously unknown species that lived at the end of the last Ice Age. From cw
Teacher refuses 'intelligent design' statement - A high school biology teacher testified Thursday that she and her colleagues refused to read a statement on "intelligent design" in class because they questioned the concept's scientific validity. From cw
Biologists Observe Gorillas Using Tools - For the first time, biologists have documented gorillas in the wild using simple tools, such as poking a stick in a swampy pool of water to check its depth. Until now, scientists had seen gorillas use tools only in captivity. Among the great apes, tool use in the wild was thought to be a survival skill reserved for smaller chimpanzees and orangutans. From feelingravity
One side can be wrong - The weight of the evidence has become so heavy that opposition to the fact of evolution is laughable to all who are acquainted with even a fraction of the published data. Evolution is a fact: as much a fact as plate tectonics or the heliocentric solar system. From cw
New school battle on evolution hitting court - A new battle over teaching in US schools about man's origins goes to court next week for the first time, pitting Christian conservatives against educators and scientists in a trial viewed as the biggest test of the issue since the late 1980s. From Adzick
Aquatic Ape Theory (AAT): Sink or Swim? - The Aquatic Ape Theory (often referred to as the AAT or AAH) says humans went through an aquatic or semi-aquatic stage in our evolution and that this accounts for many features seen in human anatomy and physiology. Using the principle of convergent evolution, it says that life in an aquatic environment explains these features, and that a transition from ape to hominid in a non-aquatic environment cannot. From cw
Brain May Still Be Evolving, Studies Hint - Two genes involved in determining the size of the human brain have undergone substantial evolution in the last 60,000 years, researchers say, leading to the surprising suggestion that the brain is still undergoing rapid evolution.The discovery adds weight to the view that human evolution is still a work in progress, since previous instances of recent genetic change have come to light in genes that defend against disease and confer the ability to digest milk in adulthood. From cw
First-ever Chimp Fossils Found - The first ever chimpanzee fossils were recently discovered in an area previously thought to be unsuitable for chimps. Fossils from human ancestor were also found nearby. Although researchers have only found a few chimp teeth, the discovery could cause a shake-up in the theories of human evolution. From Nony
The chimpanzee genome is unveiled - The genome of our closest living relative – the chimpanzee – has been released by an international consortium of scientists.
The chimp genome sequence, which consists of 2.8 billion pairs of DNA letters, will not only tell us much about chimps but a comparison with the human genome will also teach us a great deal about ourselves. From cw
Archeologists Find 1.8 Million Years-Old Skull - Archeologists find a skull they say is 1.8 million years old in Dmanisi, Georgia – part of a find that holds the oldest traces of humankind’s closest ancestors found outside of Africa. From cw
Chimp culture reveals roots of human society - Humans are not alone in wanting to conform, scientists have found. Chimpanzees may also bow to peer pressure in a bid to fit in with social groups.In research published today in the online edition of Nature, scientists say that the chimpanzee's social conformity is the mark of a primitive form of culture, providing clues as to how human society developed. From cw
Nightline - Intelligent Design - "For two hundred years there has been a consensus among the practcioners of science that doing science meant explaining the phenomena naturlistically and a scientist would go as far as he or she could along those lines and if you douldn't do it, if something was too complicated to explain that constituted a scientific puzzle, a challenge for your sucessors down the road to solve, and It's cheating to say oh, okay, this is really a tough one so let's just quit and say God did it." From cw