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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Sickle Cell Malaria Survival

Sickle cell malaria survival secret found, according to a report in Nature News 10 November 2011 and ScienceDaily 18 November 2011. It has been known for many years that people who carry one gene for a disease named sickle cell anaemia have some increased resistance to malaria, and the sickle cell gene is more common […]

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Short Dog Leg Gene

Short dog leg gene found, according to articles in National Institutes of Health News 16 July 2009 and ScienceDaily 17 July 2009 and Science, vol. 325, p995, 21 August 2009 (originally published in Science Express on 16 July 2009). An international team of scientists have found the gene that gives dog breeds such as dachshund, […]

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Sharky Genes

Sharky genes reported in ABC News in Science 30 May 2007. Researchers at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore, have studied gene sequence sin the elephant sharks, bony fish, chickens, mice, dogs and humans. They found 154 genes in humans that could be matched to genes in sharks, mice and dogs. The researchers […]

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Shark Teeth Didn’t Evolve

Shark teeth didn’t evolve, according to a report in New Scientist 18 February 2006, p17. Chuck Ciampaglio of Wright State University, Ohio has studied the teeth of marine predators, including sharks, reptiles and mammals “from the past 100 million years”. After measuring overall size, cross section, serrations and number of cusps he classified them into […]

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