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'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

Paris - An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said Wednesday.

Ancient skull hints at African roots for ape-human ancestor: study

Paris - The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday.

The first ever flower on Earth has been reconstructed

Everyone loves flowers, and the human race has propagated that love over centuries, creating vast numbers of color variations. However, until recently, no one knew what the very first flower on Earth looked like.

Study throws dog domestication theories to the wolves

Paris - From the tiny chihuahua to the massive Saint Bernard, domestic dogs today trace their roots to a single group of wolves that crossed the path of humans as long as 40,000 years ago, researchers said Tuesday.

Review: Journey tribute act Evolution rocks Mulcahy's in New York Special

Wantagh - On July 14, the Journey tribute group, Evolution, performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh on Long Island.

Outcry as Turkey moves evolution from curriculum

Ankara - A move by the Turkish education ministry to remove evolution from the national school curriculum has sparked an outcry and accusations the government is "brainwashing" students.

Cats adopted humans, according to new study

Leuven - New research looking at the genomes of cats has come up with something interesting: the domestic cats of today are genetically equivalent to ancient cats. Cats did not genetically adapt to become domesticated, they chose to.

Fossils shaking up our understanding of human origins

There is a broad consensus among scientists that human evolution began on the African continent. Generally, fossils of Homo sapiens have been found in East Africa or even Sub-Saharan Africa, but a fossil find in Morocco has set evolution on its head.

Mutant bacteria biofilms could be big problem for space travelers

Bacteria evolving into giant blobs that engulf unwary space travelers is only seen in Sci-Fi movies, but mutant bacterial biofilms are real, and a first ever study shows they could present a problem to space travelers.

Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

Mothibistad - Primitive hominids may have lived in Africa at the same time as humans, researchers said Tuesday, in new findings that could change the understanding of human evolution.

The Beauty of the Earth - Wildflowers bloom in California desert

Borrego Springs - Following a winter of exceptional rains, the California desert has been transformed into a giant palette of colors. Wildflowers have bloomed en masse, much to the delight of tourists from around the world.

Republican anti-science bills target schools in four states

Republican state lawmakers in four more states, many of them adherents of a theological worldview with no basis in science, are advancing legislation allowing educators to teach "alternative fact"-based pseudoscience if they believe it to be scientific.

Urbanization makes its mark on evolution

Washington - Urbanization, that is human development in the form of towns and cities, is affecting evolution, according to a new scientific study. The researchers say this has implications for sustainability and human well-being.

Cesarean births are changing how we evolve

Amsterdam - Cesarean sections (or C-sections) save the lives of mothers and babies, and they are also a ‘lifestyle’ choice for some expectant mothers. This area has been examined by researchers to see what the impact is upon human evolution.

First fossilized dinosaur brain tissue recovered

Brighton - The first known example of fossilized brain tissue in a dinosaur has been located from a site in the U.K. The tissues are said to resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and birds.

Great white sharks and tuna share predatory instincts

Great white sharks and tuna are both efficient predators within their domains. New research suggests this is due to genetic similarities. This is despite the two species splitting 400 million years ago.

Tasmanian Devil's genes evolving — Becoming resistant to cancer

In what is being called a "rapid evolutionary response," Australia's Tasmanian devils are developing resistance to the Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), according to a new study.

How would auto technology impact evolution? 'Graham' shows us

Melbourne - From the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation built in 1768, to the Google self-driving car of today, automotive technology has evolved in leaps and bounds, leaving us humans in the dust, evolution-wise.

Likely ancestor of mystery 'hobbit' found

Paris - Half-sized humans who lived 700,000 years ago were almost certainly the ancestors of enigmatic "hobbits" whose fossils were found on the same Indonesian isle in 2003, scientists stunned by their own discovery reported Wednesday.

Review: Have researchers discovered the gene for aging? Special

Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old—And What it Means for Staying Young, by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan, will be released June 14th, showing us how to increase the quality and quantity of our later years.

Interview: Narada Michael Walden talks new album 'Evolution' Special

Three-time Grammy and Emmy-winning producer and singer-songwriter Narada Michael Walden chatted with Digital Journal about his new studio album "Evolution."

This prehistoric puppy tells the story of canine evolution

Frozen in Siberian permafrost, this puppy died more than 12,000 years ago and is remarkably well-preserved. In fact, it's so well-preserved that scientists have performed an autopsy, in the hopes that it will solve the mysteries of canine evolution.

Extinction of species: humans are speeding up evolution

Vancouver - Scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) claim human actions are responsible for accelerating the evolutionary process by causing the extinction of “younger” species.

Neanderthal DNA redraws human out-of-Africa timeline

Paris - A group of modern humans that arrived in Eurasia far earlier than previously thought also had sex with Neanderthals, according to a study that redraws the migratory timeline for our species.

Students in Alabama will be required to learn about evolution

Alabama is updating its science standards to require students to learn about climate change and to understand evolution.

Why insects are the most successful creatures ever

Ever wondered why insects are the most successful creatures on the planet? The answer comes down to a newly discovered subfamily of molecular channels. These have given insects a survival advantage.

Breakups more painful for women than men, but men never recover

Research led by an evolutionary psychologist claims that women feel the pain of a breakup, emotionally and physically, more then men. But men's wounds never fully heal.

Op-Ed: What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? A lot, it seems

What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? I did some digging and came to the conclusion that perhaps the question should be: "Does Mike Huckabee ever get anything right about science?"

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

Human hand more primitive than chimp's: Study

Paris - Strong fists for defending ourselves and opposable thumbs for work as fine as threading a needle -- hand specialisation is widely believed to have given humans a major evolutionary advantage.
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The Dell, the house of Alfred Russell Wallace.
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World Evolution 12 May 2012
World Evolution 12 May 2012
Depiction of the weird and wonderful Anomalocaris at Dinosaur Museum  Canberra  Australia. The Anoma...
Depiction of the weird and wonderful Anomalocaris at Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, Australia. The Anomalocaris was a top invertebrate predator during the Cambrian Explosion which saw a huge expansion in the number of animal species about 520 million years ago.
Wikimedia Commons
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WWE Payback The Shield vs Evolution
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Two species of endangered stickleback fish quickly became extinct in Enos Lake on Vancouver Island, Canada after the introduction of crayfish.
Ernie Cooper / UBC
Dr Eugenie Scott of NCSE
Dr Eugenie Scott of NCSE
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Artist s impression of a major asteroid impact. An asteroid with an impact strength of a billion ato...
Artist's impression of a major asteroid impact. An asteroid with an impact strength of a billion atomic bombs may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
NASA
Simplified universal phylogenetic tree of life. Notice the three main branches.
Simplified universal phylogenetic tree of life. Notice the three main branches.
Ciccarelli, et al
A recreation of one of Darwin s experiments: this one is designed to see which seedlings survive  an...
A recreation of one of Darwin's experiments: this one is designed to see which seedlings survive, and which do not in competition for soil resources.
Richard Leakey
Richard Leakey
Ed Shipul
Single cells : credit to www.biology101.org.
Single cells : credit to www.biology101.org.
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Graham has a number of evolutionary improvements  designed to protect the body from injury in a car ...
Graham has a number of evolutionary improvements, designed to protect the body from injury in a car crash.
Australia's Transport Accident Commission
With an extra joint in the ankle  Graham has greater versatility  making it easier to get out of the...
With an extra joint in the ankle, Graham has greater versatility, making it easier to get out of the way of oncoming cars if he is on the street.
Australia's Transport Accident Commission
Richard Dawkins autographing a book for a fan.
Richard Dawkins autographing a book for a fan.
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New epoh-different people, different life style and different attitudes to life contemporary. Photo by M.Kerjman
Harlem, NY, today: changing times-changing fashion
Caveman were  according to evolutionary explanations  more conservative and more polygynous
Caveman were, according to evolutionary explanations, more conservative and more polygynous
National Museum of Mongolian History
Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Karunakar Rayker
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Meet Graham  a redesigned human being created to keep pace with automotive technology.
Meet Graham, a redesigned human being created to keep pace with automotive technology.
Australia's Transport Accident Commission
Graham doesn t need his neck anymore. His ribcage has become elongated and is designed to protect hi...
Graham doesn't need his neck anymore. His ribcage has become elongated and is designed to protect his spinal cord.
Australia's Transport Accident Commission

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