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Dinosaur extinction the result of 'perfect storm' of events

Edinburgh - And if that perfect storm hadn’t come about, say scientists, dinosaurs might still be with us today — except their continued existence might have meant a very different "us" having evolved — if at all.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Dinosaurs 'were not' the ancestors of modern birds

An analysis of a sparrow-sized fossil has challenged the present status of dinosaurs as ancestors of modern birds. This is based on a new study of an archosaur fossil.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Creationism banned from UK schools

London - Britain's Conservative-led government has banned the teaching of creationism as a valid scientific theory in free schools and academies, the equivalent of public schools in the United States.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 20 comments

Scarlet kingsnakes are mimicking an extinct species

Chapel Hill - A harmless snake, mainly found in the Carolina Sandhills, has been mimicking a poisonous species for decades for protection. The odd thing is, the species that is is mimicking has been extinct for over 50 years.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Review: Can atheists be Republicans? Not if evidence matters

It is no secret that the Republican Party is the American theocratic party. They always seem to vote Bible first and ignore not only their constituents but also scientific evidence and all reason.
In the Media by Dan Arel - 15 comments

42% in U.S. believe 'God' created humans within last 10,000 years

The percentage of Americans who believe humans evolved without a 'God' has more than doubled since the 1980s, but more than four in ten people still believe the Abrahamic deity figure created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 7 comments

Brains vs brawn, how early humans developed

Research suggests that early humans made an evolutionary trade-off, giving up muscular strength to fuel bigger brains. This is not the view, however, shared by all biologists.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The Shield vs Evolution has to steal the show at WWE Payback

The Shield vs Evolution, a rematch from the Extreme rules Pay-Per-View. WWE Payback has taken a big hit with the loss of Daniel Bryan, so does that mean the success of the Pay-Per-View lands on The Shield vs Evolution match?
In the Media by Zachary Stallings

Humans and Neanderthals 'not so different'

Scientists have found very little evidence to suggest modern humans are superior to their Neanderthal ancestors. The research team argues that the stereotype of the primitive Neanderthal is now gradually eroding.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

U.S. public at odds with ‘scientific opinion’

A new poll suggests that sizable chunk of U.S. citizens disagree with scientists and what is — and is not — scientific fact.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Rare bird alert

Researchers have collated a list of the 100 most rare and unique bird species, many of which are facing extinction. The researchers warn that half of the 100 highest ranked bird species are receiving little or no conservation attention.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Study: Honey as brain food may have fueled evolution

Anthropologists have long theorized that improved nutrition helped early hominids evolve into the more advanced homo sapiens. In addition to eating more meats and vegetables, a new study suggests honey also played a major role.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments

Popular Reddit user, scientists creating children's book

In collaboration with a team of scientists, an ecologist popular on Reddit is raising funds to create a children's book aimed at teaching evolution in a fun and interesting way.
In the Media by Stephanie Medeiros

Op-Ed: 'How did we get here' debate still goes on

How old is the earth? Where did we come from? These questions have been the subject of fierce arguments for the last two centuries. Science tells us our planet is very old, but Christians say the bible tells us it's only 6,000 years old. Who's right?
In the Media by Karen Graham - 12 comments

Stingray populations in decline

A new report finds that about a quarter of the world’s cartilaginous fish species are at risk of extinction. This includes many rays and some shark species.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Dogs evolved from wolves due to human domestication

Chicago - A new genetic study of modern canines supports the theory that humans domesticated dogs from wolves, and this happened before humans began to grow crops.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Photo essay: Lost species 'rediscovered' during 2013

Each year it is common for many species to be declared extinct. On the other hand, it is quite rare for species labeled as extinct to be 'rediscovered'. With 'rediscovery', 2013 has proved to be an unusual year.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

400,000-year-old bone raises new questions on human evolution

A fossilized thigh bone found by scientists in a cave in Spain turned out not to be from a Neanderthal as they had expected, but from a Denisovan, a different group of extinct early humans.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 14 comments

Op-Ed: Creationist group tries again to discredit science organization

Once again, the pseudo-scientific outfit known as the Discovery Institute is attempting to attack evolution and anyone who fights for science education.
In the Media by Dan Arel - 26 comments

Op-Ed: What is the driving force behind altruism?

In the classic dichotomy of nature vs. nurture there exists a separation of views among philosophers and biologists as well as psychologists and geneticists.
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy - 1 comment

New spiny rat discovered in 'birthplace of evolution'

The Spiny Mekot rat was discovered in the mountain forests of Halmahera in the Maluku archipelago. Some of its defining futures include bristly hair and a white tail tip.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

Animal life on Earth expanded rapidly after 'Cascade of events'

Oxford - On Earth, animal life expanded rapidly during the early Cambrian period, around 520 million years ago. Many theories have been advanced to explain this rapid expansion of animal species which has come to be known as the Cambrian explosion.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Evolution favors cooperation

Lansing - New research out of Michigan State University is redefining Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest laws. Using game theory, two researchers have determined that humans' cooperative nature will one day drive out selfish, ego-driven competition.
In the Media by Kirstin Stokes Smith - 3 comments

Scientists give likely explanation of human monogamy's origins

British scientists have recently explained why, unlike most mammals, humans mostly practice monogamous relationships. Why humans became monogamous was a question that plagued scientists for years.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 4 comments

Evolution too slow to deal with climate change, study says

A new study by a University of Arizona ecologist says that most vertebrates will have to evolve 10,000 times as quickly as they did in the past in order to keep up with climate change expected in the next 100 years.
In the Media by Michael Thomas

Human evolution linked to dietary changes 3.5 million years ago

Carbon analyses of fossilized tooth enamel indicate that early humans expanded their diet to include savannah grasses and succulents some 3.5 million years ago, marking a definitive shift in human evolution.
In the Media by Jordan Howell - 3 comments

Aurornis, Archaeopteryx-like ancestor of birds found in China

Paleontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a new avialan, or basal bird, which re-establishes the position of Archaeopteryx as part of the group of basal birds ancestral to modern birds.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Several new exciting species discovered

Last year scientists discovered a range of new species, from a glow-in-the-dark cockroach, to a harp-shaped carnivorous sponge and the smallest vertebrate yet discovered on the planet.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The Link to Homosexuality and Biology

Scientists have made the link between genetics and homosexuality. Can this finally be the validation that the LGBT community has been waiting for?
In the Media by Erin P. Capuano - 2 comments

The power of sharing a good sense of humour

Everybody loves a good joke. Whether it’s a classic knock-knock, or one of those long-winded stories with an all-important punch line, joke sharing is a significant in many interactions. But there is more to a shared sense of humour than meets the eye.
In the Media by Conor O'Brien
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