Galapagos Finches Speciate

Galapagos finches speciate, according to reports in BBC News and ScienceDaily 24 November 2017, and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aao4593, 23 November 2017. A group of scientists from Sweden and USA claim to have observed a new species of finch evolve on the Galapagos Island of Daphne Major. In 1981 a male Large Cactus Finch Geospiza conirostris […]

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Algae in Pond

Algal Explosion Got Us Here

Algal explosion got us here, according to articles in ScienceDaily 16 August, and ABC News and BBC News 17 August 2017, and Nature, doi: 10.1038/nature23457, Published online 16 August 2017. Scientists at Australian National University claim to have solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on earth, and therefore how we got here. […]

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Human Evolution

Atheists Doubt Evolution

Atheists doubt evolution, according to a survey in UK and Canada conducted by YouGov for Newman University, Birmingham, UK, published 5 September 2017. As part of a project named “Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum”, researchers at Newman University surveyed British and Canadian adults on their beliefs about science, evolution and religion. As expected, a […]

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Anole Lizard

Blizzard Lizard Evolution

Blizzard Lizard Evolution, claim scientists in reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 3 August 2017, and Science vol. 357, pp. 495-498, doi: 0.1126/science.aam5512, 4 August 2017. In the winter of 2013-2014 a polar vortex blasted mainland USA with unusually cold weather. Just before this a group of scientists had studied Anole lizards in various […]

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Stress Protein Evolved Early

Stress protein evolved early according to a report in Science News 21 May 2005. The “fight or flight” response to stress in vertebrates (including humans) involves a hormone named corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and a protein named CRH binding protein. Mark Huising of Wageningen University and Gert Flick of Radboud University in the Netherlands, have found […]

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Steve Jones on Evolution Again

Steve Jones on evolution again: In a lecture for the Royal Society 11 April 2006 Steve Jones claimed that fossils were the best evidence for evolution and went on to describe what he called a “fossil virus” – an HIV virus found in a preserved pathology specimen from an African who died in 1959. Since […]

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Squished Squirrels Evolve

Squished squirrels evolve as road kill victims of “evolutionary illusions”. New Scientist 22 April 2006, p11 reported they are doing things they “evolved to do, but at the wrong time or in the wrong place.” Ecologist Joel Brown of University of Chicago, Illinois claims this explains why so many squirrels end up being squashed on […]

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Spot Theory Spoiled

Spot theory spoiled, according to an article in Nature, vol 453, p 1146, 26 June 2008. Large spots on the wings of butterflies and moths are thought to have evolved to scare predators away. Researchers at Cambridge University tested this theory by placing models of moths in the oak and ash trees around Cambridge. Some […]

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Speech Evolved From Fish

Speech evolved from fish, according to reports in BBC News and ScienceNOW, 17 July 2008 and Science, vol. 321, p 417, 18 July 2008. A group of American researchers have been studying the brain activity of the fish that communicate with sound. The midshipman fish makes a nest hole under rocks and makes humming sounds […]

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Single Origin for Rice

Single origin for rice, according to articles in ScienceDaily 2 May 2010 and BBC News 3 May 2010. Although there are thousands of varieties of the Asian rice plant Oryza sativa, they are grouped into two subspecies: indica and japonica. Scientists had believed these were domesticated separately from wild rice plants in India and China, […]

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