All posts tagged with Darwin

Quote: Darwin on human variation

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There is much that could be said about Charles Darwin’s discussion of human races in Descent of Man. In Chapter 7 he embarked on a long discussion of whether...

Remembering Wallace

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Jerry Coyne has a guest post by Andrew Berry recognizing the history of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-innovator of the concept of natural selection: “A guest pos...

Photo: Roe deer from the Sandwalk

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I spent last Sunday at Down House, Darwin’s home outside London. I was the first one out on the Sandwalk that morning – I ran into the gardener on the way ou...

Darwin's primate phylogeny

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I’m doing some reading and ran across a 2009 post by Brian Switek (“Darwin, Ardi and the African apes”), who touched on a little-appreciated aspect of Darwin...

Quote: Wallace on the distribution of beauty

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In response to Darwin’s claim that the British aristocracy has been made more beautiful “from pick of women”, Alfred Russel Wallace replied (in a letter to D...

Darwiniana

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Larry Moran posts a bit of Darwin history, focusing on a meeting with William Gladstone “Happy Birthday Charles Darwin”.

Darwin Day events, 2012

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We have lots of biology events going on here for the Darwin Day celebration this week, with the theme of “Unnatural History”. Here’s the really cool poster, ...

White on books

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The Browser has up an interview with paleoanthropologist Tim White, focused around his choice of five books to recommend: (“Tim White on prehistoric man”). A...

A trip to Darwin's home

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Today I visited Down House, Charles Darwin’s home southeast of London. Mark Pallen, my gracious host from the University of Birmingham, brought us to the hou...

Split lumps

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The Friends of Darwin blog notes that the terms “lumpers” and “splitters” in taxonomy go back to Darwin’s time. The example is a letter Darwin received from ...

Darwin's Y

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The Telegraph has done a puff piece about the Genographic testing of Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson.

UW Darwin Day activities

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The rest of this week is Darwin Day here at the University of Wisconsin. I have a bunch of local readers, and I want to make sure the word is out about all ...

MythBusters Evolution

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A rerun MythBusters tonight was a rejiggering of myths they’d already covered, titled “MythBusters Evolution”. Here’s how they started:

Creation review

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John Wilkins saw the film Creation and enters a review, which I link because it’s thoughtful and balanced:

Darwin memoriam

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Larry Moran posts a contemporary description of Darwin’s funeral: “Charles Darwin died on this day in 1882.”

A missing etymological link

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I got a press question about the term “missing link” the other day. For obvious reasons. The question arose, where did the term come from?

An Arab view on the history of Darwinism

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Eric Michael Johnson gives an account of the history of science work of Mirwa Elshakry: Darwin and Spencer in the Middle East.” Elshakry’s thesis explored ho...

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week:

Darwin's mitochondria

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I’m always skeptical when pathologists attempt to diagnose the ills of historical figures. Even if there are medical records or abundant attestations of symp...

Kew art

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One of my favorite art bloggers, Katherine Tyrell, has an illustrated review of a Kew Gardens exhibition, titled “The Art of Plant Evolution”.

Darwin in the East

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Nature has started a series of essays called “Global Darwin” on the way that Darwin’s theory influenced non-Western scientific and political traditions. The ...

Darwin's Neandertal encounter

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Michael Balter reports on the historical work of Alex Menez, at the Gibraltar Museum: “When Darwin Met a Neandertal”.

Colouring Darwin's edits

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Thanks to a reader: Seed interviewed Ben Fry, maker of a new software tool that visualizes the changes through six editions of The Origin of Species.

Distribution rights

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John Scalzi hits on a formula to get wide U.S. distribution for Creation (the producers are complaining that they can’t find a distributor):

"Creation" review

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Eugenie Scott watched the Creation movie with NCSE, and posted a review.

Darwin in the arts

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The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK, is putting on an exhibition titled, “Endless Forms: Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.”

Hot Darwin action

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Well, I watched the new trailer for the upcoming Darwin movie, Creation. On the one hand, there’s an awful lot of senseless (and anachronistic-sounding) stuf...

The Annotated Origin

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You can read On the Origin of Species online for free. So why would you want to buy The Annotated Origin by James Costa? Because those notes are like a blog ...

The Darwinian serenade

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Jennifer Viegas writes about historical research into Darwin’s home life and the role of Emma Darwin’s music in Darwin’s career.

The anti-Darwinists are ticking me off

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Now, usually if I were to say “anti-Darwinists”, I’d be talking about some kind of creationism or intelligent design. But noooooo. This week, the anti-Darwin...

Upcoming appearances

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I will be giving two public lectures out of town later this week.

Darwin Day this Saturday at UW-Madison

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This Saturday, February 7, is Darwin Day at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The official site is online, including the full schedule of the day’s activi...

Darwin the abolitionist?

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The New York Times today reviews a new book by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, titled Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on...

BBC Darwin site

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The BBC has a website dedicated to their Darwin programming, which has a number of things that may be useful for students (via Gene Expression).

Quote: "A noble edifice"

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Darwin, in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, volume 2, pp. 248-249.

Quote: Darwin on the eyebrows

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Darwin, in The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, p. 222-223, referring to the muscles involved in furrowing the brow during a frown:

Penn museum evolution review

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Another review of the evolution exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this time a long piece by Julia Klein in th...

Darwin, emotion, and WALL-E

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Jonah Lehrer went in to WALL-E (an enormously entertaining movie) and came out thinking of Darwin’s Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals:

Olivia Judson: "Read the 'Origin'"

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A propos to my post earlier this week about reading science in English class, Olivia Judson devotes her weekly blog entry to the question, “Was Darwin a good...

Olivia Judson on "Darwinmania"

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Olivia Judson writes about “Darwinmania” at her NY Times blog. There are some interesting historical bits, as you would expect – the jealousy of other “inven...

Back to the Beagle

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I like the idea of book reviews for really old books. It eliminates the risk that you’ll get stuck writing a review of a really bad book, because, well, ever...

Not the parrot sketch

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The New Yorker has a fascinating article about Irene Pepperberg and the way people are grieving over her deceased parrot, Alex:

Acceleration's discontents

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The June Scientific American (no link available) has an article on page 32 about the “therapeutic value of blogging.” That’s some relief, after the stories a...

The appearance of the Origin

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Yesterday I ran across a piece by Tim Radford from earlier this year in the Guardian, titled, "The book that changed the world." It's a short article about ...

Thirteen hours and change

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An essay by Michael Berkman and colleagues in the current PLoS Biology reviews the results of the National Survey of High School Biology Teachers as relevan...

Francisco Ayala profile

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Cornelia Dean writes a long profile of Francisco Ayala in today's Science Times. The occasion is the publication of his new book, Darwin's Gift to Science a...

Evolution of the monkeyflowers

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Spring has finally come to us here in the North, and it's time to start thinking about planting. So, when I went to a seminar yesterday by John Willis, it w...

Hrvatski Origin of Species

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A letter to the editors of Nature by Jasmina Muzinic notes the new translation of Darwin's works into Croatian:

Darwin at 199

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This Saturday (2/8/2008) is Darwin Day here at UW. My lab will be putting a display together at the Geology Museum in the afternoon -- you can find a full s...

Blogging for Beagle

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The Beagle Project Blog lists me as one of the top ten senders of traffic to their site, which reports on the efforts to replicate the original voyage:

Theory or law?

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Andrew Sullivan has been posting comments from readers about why evolutionary biology is comprised of "theories" rather than "laws." I found these via Razib...

An interview with Anne Weaver

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I was surprised and delighted last week, when I got in the mail a copy of the new book, The Voyage of the Beetle.

Why human evolution accelerated

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n. b. This is a story about my work on recent human evolution, describing some of the main results and how the work came about. The story refers to my paper ...

Judgment on "Judgment Day"

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I just watched the new Nova documentary, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial." The documentary examined the background of the Kitzmiller v. Dover tri...

Spoofing baboons

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Nicholas Wade profiles the work of Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth in this article, "How Baboons Think (Yes, Think)."

Quote: Dart on the savanna model

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Raymond Dart (p. 198 of Australopithecus africanus, the man-ape of South Africa, Nature 115:195-199, 1925), summing up why hominids might have lived in what...

EVOLUTION IS OVER…WATCH MORE TV

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That was the message that just flashed surreally on my TV screen, from the old U2 "ZooTV" tour. Yes, that's the one where the Edge is wearing a beret.

Five scientists who made the modern world

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If you were to make a list of the top five scientists who ever lived, who would you choose? People are asking the question (also, here, here). So far, it ha...

Quote: Darwin's beetle-poppin' youth

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Charles Darwin, p. 50 in The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter, vol. 1., edited by Francis Darwin, John Murray, Lond...

Quote: Hooker on skepticism

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Joseph Hooker, commenting on an address by Lord Kelvin concerning achievements in mathematics, in a letter to Charles Darwin, August 5, 1871:

"Like Vikings in America"

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Current Biology is running an interview with biologist and Mutants author Armand Leroi. I found this part interesting:

The Tao of introgression

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Like mathematician Terence Tao hasn't heard that one before, hyuk. But he gives a nice account of the Grants' work on introgressive hybridization of ground ...

"Not so fast, says one anthropologist"

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Hawks sightings in the news. I've been in the midst of a grant proposal -- yes, I actually do write those from time to time! Yes, you can support the site...

Judaism and evolution

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The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article by Evan Goldstein about ways that evolutionary theory have been embraced by some Jewish traditions:

Scientists and religion, part 1

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American Scientist has an article by Gregory Graffin and William Provine on scientists' self-described religious beliefs. They conducted a poll of "prominen...

When did "paleoanthropology" get its name?

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A reader asked me this morning when the word "paleoanthropology" first came into use. I happen to be on an OED kick lately (for reasons that will soon becom...

Linnaeus and species fixism

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I think many biologists have a pretty vague picture of why Linnaeus was important. To some, he probably seems banal -- how exciting could it be to make all ...

"Like confessing a murder"

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The Darwin Correspondence Project has put the text of 5000 Darwin letters online. The NY Times has a number of excerpts. Here's a good one:

Darwinian policy briefs?

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Patricia Cohen's piece in the New York Times today is headlined, "A Split Emerges as Conservatives Discuss Darwin." It's interesting:

Background to global creationism

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The Economist had a recent story about the global reach of creationism. I found the first few paragraphs to be the most informative. First, the article desc...

Notes on "Darwinian agriculture"

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R. Ford Denison's blog, "This Week in Evolution," has become a very interesting read since he began a couple of months ago. Denison recently attended a symp...

Darwin myths exposed

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Jim Endersby presents a review of two recent books on Darwin -- a Variorum edition of the Origin, and a new edition of Darwin's correspondence -- in the Tim...

Darwin on animal tool use

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Next time you hear that everybody knew that humans were the only toolmaker before Jane Goodall showed otherwise:

Let's de-emphasize Einstein instead

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I got e-mailed this terrible article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It covers some of the discussion from the AAAS meetings last week, where one of...

Family size and lifespan

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After the post about education and lifespan, I noticed a different story about how large families reduce the lifespans of parents:

Like father, like son

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If you've ever noticed that kids have the same facial expressions as their parents, you're not alone. The usual explanation for this similarity is learning ...

Dobzhansky on continuing human evolution

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On a bit of a writing junket for his book, Mankind Evolving, in 1963 Theodosius Dobzhansky put an essay in Current Anthropology titled "Anthropology and the...

Quote of the day

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Darwin, in a letter to J. D. Hooker (Dec. 12, 1856):

Mandrill reproductive variance

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Joanna Setchell and colleagues (2005) present observations on the sexual competition and reproductive success in mandrills. For a quick primer on mandrill s...

Sangoan pigment grinding

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I was reading this 2003 paper by Philip Van Peer and colleagues, which is a quick introduction to the site 8-B-11, Sai Island, Sudan. I wanted to make a not...

Cane toad invasion and evolution

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The Hawaiian cane toad is a classic case of an invasive species, and its genetics have long been a subject of study for those interested in the spread of sp...

An LDS DNA difficulty

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The LA Times is carrying a story by writer William Lobdell about the apparent conflict between the Book of Mormon and DNA evidence for New World settlement....

A Darwin Day parable

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"We're going to arm you with Christian Patriot missiles," Ham, 54, recently told the 1,200 adults gathered at Calvary Temple here in northern New Jersey. It ...

Janet Monge, Darwinista

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The AP is running an article about Darwin Day this Sunday, and Gretchen spotted it on MSNBC accompanied by a photo of Janet Monge!

Drifting away from selection

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Following up on yesterday's post on annoying misconceptions, I noticed Razib had posted his own candidate:

Taint of the quagga

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Slate has an interesting slide-show by Jon Lackman about efforts to resurrect the quagga. The quagga was either a species or subspecies of Plains zebra, liv...

Darwin exhibit website

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The American Museum of Natural History has set up a Darwin website to accompany their Darwin exhibit. It's pretty good -- not too heavy on detail, and nicel...

Diagnosing science reporting

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The Guardian is running a great editorial about why (and how) science reporting is bad: OK, here's something weird. Every week in Bad Science we either v...

Proconsul book reviewed in Science

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A couple of weeks ago, Robert Proctor reviewed Alan Walker and Pat Shipman's new book, The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul...

Another brain gene: AHI1

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Ferland et al. (2004) examined the genetic etiology of Joubert syndrome (OMIM), in particular the gene AHI1 (OMIM). From the paper:

Appendix appendix

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Carl Zimmer (The Loom) is back from appendicitis, and has a Times article on ... appendicitis!

Weismann's mosaicism

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I've been reading Ron Amundson's new history of biology book, The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought.

Minority report

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The Kansas Board of Education voted yesterday to accept the proposed changes to the state science education standards, pending outside review, according to ...

The World Summit on Evolution

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On the Scientific American website, there is a long article by Michael Shermer (editor of Skeptic magazine), describing his trip to the World Summit of Evol...

Looking back on the Scopes trial

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In his current Newsweek column, George Will writes a short retrospective on the Scopes evolution trial, which happened 80 years ago. The piece contains no...

Now, here are some real brain mutations

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This week's (June 16, 2005) Nature brings yet another example of the way brain function may be modulated (see earlier posts here and here). This time, the c...

Evolution and the female orgasm

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I admit, I was sucked in by a link (via kausfiles) to the Huffington Post. How snarky of me. But I couldn't resist this one:

NSF and data access

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Mark Weiss from NSF appeared at the AAPA business meeting to discuss recent changes in the funding guidelines from the Physical Anthropology program. The mo...

The evolution of crying

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Carl Zimmer has a very nice piece on the evolution of crying and colic on his weblog, The Loom.

Biochemistry and intelligent design

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Thanks to a student, I have a link to an opinion in the online edition of the Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas. The column is a long declaration o...

Mayr on speciation

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OK, that headline looks like the title to a dissertation, which this isn't. But in honor of Mayr's recent death, I was looking through some of the things he...

Phylogenies

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Defining and identifying species is one major area of research into the evolutionary process. Equally important is the study of how different species are re...

Why be bipedal?

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The skeletal adaptation to bipedalism is well documented in early hominids. What is less clear is what events led to this adaptation and its eventual succes...