Evolution

The Descent Of Man: How Darwin's Sexual Selection Co-Stars In 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The Handmaid’s Tale is a TV series based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood that presents a dystopian vision of a male-dominated society known as Gilead. Widespread infertility means that the few fertile women who remain have been ensla ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 28 2020 - 2:27pm

The Genetic Link Between Neanderthals And Modern Africans And Europeans Is Stronger Than Ever

Neanderthal DNA sequences are more common in modern Africans than previously known, and different non-African populations have levels of Neanderthal ancestry surprisingly similar to each other, according to a new study in Cell. Researchers arrived at these ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 30 2020 - 4:56pm

Merge: Did Human Language Evolve Due To A Mutation?

Merge is a controversial belief by some that human language faculty arose in humans through a single gene mutation, rather the evolving gradually. This human burst of genetic exceptionalism is embraced by some linguists, such as Noam Chomsky, but the scien ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 21 2020 - 11:10am

Elpistostege Fish Fin Fossil And Evolution Of The Human Hand

An ancient Elpistostege fish fossil has revealed how the human hand evolved from fish fins, the missing evolutionary link in the 'fish to tetrapod transition', as fish began to foray in habitats such as shallow water and land during the Late Dev ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 19 2020 - 11:54am

Disgust Evolved To Protect Us From Disease But With Coronavirus Our Ancient Instincts May Be Wrong

(Inside Science)-- Imagine putting your hand in a pile of poop. It stinks and squishes. What do you do next? Most likely, you'll scrub that hand with plenty of soap-- and you don't need public health officials or a germ theory of disease to tell ...

Article - Inside Science - Apr 7 2020 - 3:29pm

X And Y And Meiosis: Some Progress In The Sex Chromosomes Science Mystery

In high school biology you learned that in humans, a normal cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes; 22 autosomes, which are the same in both males and females, while in the 23rd, the sex chromosomes, females have two copies of the X chromosome while males h ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2020 - 8:24am

How Adaptive Radiation Shaped Reptile Evolution

Though we've learned a lot about evolution in the last 150 years, when it comes to the details, some fundamental questions remain unanswered. Such as when and how extremely diverse groups of animals such as reptiles first evolved. For seventy-five yea ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 6 2020 - 5:58pm

Reconciling Evolution And Cooperation

In order to evolve you must first survive, and Darwin posited that this "survival of the fittest" was a driver in natural selection. To the casual reader in 1859, cooperation was hard to reconcile with that, but humans had become the apex predato ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 24 2020 - 9:57am

Rnf Enzyme: Missing Link Between Anoxic Life On Earth And Modern Respiration

Life developed when there was no oxygen on earth. It was an anoxic environment dominated by bacteria, who instead of oxidation and reduction, as our mitochondria do to produce energy, probably extracted various substances by means of fermentation. But ther ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 9 2020 - 5:31am

Alaska's Salmon Are Getting Smaller, And The Natural Fetish For 'Wild Caught' Is To Blame

Try to imagine a world where people though wild lettuce was a status symbol and superior to lettuce grown on a farm; a salad would cost $400. That is the problem with salmon. Elite customers want to know a laborer sweated for it, they insist if it is farme ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 19 2020 - 3:05pm