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Evolution

The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and...
Researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden have identified a gene in the Galápagos finches studied by English naturalist...
Lungfish and salamanders can hear, despite not having an outer ear or tympanic middle ear. These early terrestrial vertebrates were probably also...
Evolution is often perceived as being a “directional” or “adaptive” process. We often think of species evolving to become stronger or faster, or to...
An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears...
For more than a century, scientists have understood the basics of inheritance: if good genes help parents survive and reproduce, the parents pass...
For most of us, switching to a vegetarian diet might be a matter of a New Year's resolution and a fair amount of willpower, but for an entire species...
Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is...
­Among an east­ern Af­ri­can farm­ing peo­ple, males who par­ti­ci­pate in live­stock raids in youth may en­joy great­er long-term “re­pro­duc­tive...
We’re enjoying the one time of year when protests of “I can’t sing!” are laid aside and we sing carols with others. For some this is a once-a-year...

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