Evolution

Did Climate Change Kill Neanderthals? Unlikely, Says Study

What killed the Neanderthals? No one can say for sure but an international study led by the University of Leeds has ruled out one of the popular recent theories, catastrophic climate change, as the most likely cause. The bones of more than 400 Neanderthals ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 12 2007 - 5:47pm

Scientific Conference To Hear Argument Against Intelligent Design

It seems the evolution versus creationism debate will never end. Professor Steve Jones, a geneticist from University College London will address delegates at the 7th annual University College Dublin-Conway Festival of Research in O’Reilly Hall, University ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 13 2007 - 7:04am

The Less-Than-Obvious Value Of Evolutionary Explanations

An interesting Economist article about sex differences in a visual task calls an evolutionary explanation a “just-so story.” I don’t know if the late Stephen Jay Gould, evolutionary theorist, Harvard professor, and “one of the most influential and widely- ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Sep 15 2007 - 7:46am

Why Does My Baby Have A Tail?

As I’m having a baby my mind has recently been turned to thoughts of the very weird and wonderful world of developmental biology. As a new parent tracks the progress of their child, you can’t help wonder about some of the really bizarre stages it goes thro ...

Article - Sarda Sahney - Sep 17 2007 - 1:33pm

10 Million Year Old Link Between Fish Diet And Evolution

Chips from 10 million years ago have revealed new insights into fish diets and their influence on fish evolution, according to new research. The chips were found, along with scratches, on the teeth of fossil stickleback fish and reveal for the first time h ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 27 2007 - 8:27pm

New Info On Galápagos Hawk Evolutionary History

Scientists at the University of Missouri-St. Louis used DNA sequences from feather lice to study how island populations of their host, the Galápagos Hawk might have colonized the Galápagos islands, home to the endangered and declining raptor. The study, fo ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 2 2007 - 11:52pm

Insight On How New Species Are Formed: Father Genes In Birds

two closely related bird species, the collared flycatcher and the pied flycatcher, can reproduce with each other, but the females are more strongly attracted to a male of their own species. This has been shown by an international research team directed by ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 5 2007 - 10:45am

Which Came First, The Chicken Genome Or The Egg Genome?

Which came first, the chicken genome or the egg genome? Researchers have answered a similarly vexing (and far more relevant) genomic question: Which of the thousands of long stretches of repeated DNA in the human genome came first? And which are the duplic ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 8 2007 - 5:50pm

Evolution: Could The Genetic Change That Generated The Upright Bipedal Human Body Be Found Soon?

An extraordinary advance in human origins research reveals evidence of the emergence of the upright human body plan over 15 million years earlier than most experts have believed. More dramatically, the study confirms preliminary evidence that many early ho ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 9 2007 - 9:38pm

Discovery: Embryonic Development Difference Between Fish And Humans

Embryologists at University College London have helped solve an evolutionary riddle that has been puzzling scientists for over a century. They have identified a key mechanism in the initial stages of an embryo's development that helps differentiate mo ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 10 2007 - 5:23pm