Category Archives: Evolution

Journal Club: Birds identify good nuts by listening to them

SUMMARY: Wild birds identify “good” seeds without first opening the shells by weighing them and by listening to the sound produced when clicking their beaks on the shell, according to a recent study A previous study suggested that birds prefer … Continue reading

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Invasive Exotic Species: More than Meets the Eye

Genetic analyses of an exotic invasive parrot species reveals (1) a cryptic species and (2) support for the notion that the pet trade was involved in establishing this invasive species in the USA Continue reading

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Why Are Female Blue Tits Unfaithful?

Female blue tits might be unfaithful based both on their body condition and on that of their mates Continue reading

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'Fishapod' Fossil Provides More Clues for the Evolution of Terrestriality

studies of Tiktaalik roseae’s cranium provides insight into the physical changes accompanying the fish-to-amphibian transition Continue reading

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Singing to Females Makes Male Songbirds 'Happy'

According to this research, addictive drugs and intense social interactions look the same to the brain Continue reading

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Original Photos from the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial: John Thomas Scopes

Here’s an original picture of John Scopes, who dared to teach evolution in a public school classroom Continue reading

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Original Photos from the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial: Read Your Bibles on Privies

The Smithsonian Institute has uploaded original images of the Scopes Monkey Trial for the public to look at Continue reading

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Love, Sex and War in the Seychelles

Or, “How a very rare bird species predicted the current worldwide economic collapse” Continue reading

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Ratite Flight: Lost But Not Forgotten

Another example of the phenomenon that Huxley called ”the great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.” Continue reading

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Behold The Pale Horse: The Genetics of Color and Cancer

The Gray mutation of horses is a beautiful example of the profound effects that a mutation can have upon regulation of gene expression and how that can cause dramatic color changes, development of cancer — and even the appearance of new species. Continue reading

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