Evolution

Risk Aversion And Evolution: Biologically, You Should Love The One You're With

In modern culture, people are taught not to settle. Settling is, of course, subjective and people change so when psychologists are in charge, there are a lot of divorces. What about when science was in charge? Is it better to settle or hold out for the bes ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 6 2015 - 10:30am

Happy Darwin Day: Eotaria Crypta Fossil Ends 5-Million-Year 'Ghost Lineage'

A fossil discovery has provided a missing link that helps to resolve a more than 5-million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history. This new genus and species of fur seal has been called Eotaria crypta. Eotaria means 'dawn sea lion' ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 12 2015 - 7:00am

Child Rearing Is Unequal Between The Sexes- And That Is Due To Evolution

Caring for offspring is unequal between the sexes in many animal species and a new study suggests evolution is the culprit. Making babies is one of the fundamental conflicts of interest between the sexes. Care by either partner is beneficial to both partne ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 17 2015 - 8:07pm

Cope’s Rule: Sea Creatures Are Going To Get Bigger- And So Will You

One day something will outgrow the blue whale – but it won't be another whale. EPA When life on Earth began around 3.6 billion years ago, all organisms were small. Indeed, it took some 2.5 billion years to evolve any organism that grows larger than a ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 19 2015 - 3:43pm

When Humans And Neanderthals Interbred?

A partial human skull found in northern Israel  excited paleontologists because it seemed to hold clues about when and where humans and Neanderthals might have interbred. The Manot Cave is a natural limestone formation that had been sealed for 15,000 years ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 2 2015 - 5:34pm

These Humans Have Evolutionarily Adapted To Arsenic

High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, a population has adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic.  For thousands of years, in some regions of the Andes, people have been exposed to high levels of it, because arsenic in volcanic bedrock is ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 4 2015 - 9:30am

Menopause Is One Of Nature's Greatest Mysteries

Most female animals die around the same time they stop reproducing, only humans and two types of whale continue to live for many years after giving birth to their last baby.  But why?  Menopause is one of nature's greatest mysteries.   A new study say ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 5 2015 - 12:54pm

Origin Of Life Phenomenon: Some Amino Acids And Sugars Were Simply Meant To Be

The origin of life remains a mystery with more questions than answers. How were molecules created? How did they assemble into large structures?  Among the conundrums, the "homochirality" phenomenon upon which amino acids and sugars form is partic ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 11 2015 - 9:20pm

The Mystery Of 'Foreign' Genes Not From Our Ancestors

We have tens or hundreds of active 'foreign' genes, according to a new paper, and that may merit a rethink of how we discuss evolution, say the authors. ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 12 2015 - 11:41am

Social Fitness: Did A Genetic Bottleneck Occur Because Of Wealth And Power?

DNA- inheritance- is more important than the color of your eyes or your hair, it can also influence whether you might develop certain diseases, like cystic fibrosis or hemophilia. Evolution- survival of the fittest- may seem like the great biological equal ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 16 2015 - 5:53pm