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Evolutionary Biology

Are There Any 'Transitional Life Forms' That Haven't Been Debunked by Modern Science?

Quora | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
Quora

The whole concept of "transitional fossil," unfortunately, has a sort of linear connotation. Like, there is a sequence of species, one having evolved into the next and so on, but there's a hole in the sequence that needs to be filled. But that's not really how evolution works.

The Well-Chewed Calorie: Rumination or Ruin?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many of you have doubtless already seen the commentary in the New York Times by my friend and colleague, Dr. David Ludwig, entitled: "Always Hungry? Here's Why." If you have not read the piece, I commend it to you.

EXPLAINED: Why Giant Birds Suddenly Vanished

| Virginia Morell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, the...

Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Clearly the giraffe evolved this uncommon and helpful trait in order to reach those nourishing leaves. That's how natural selection works. If you're a 6-year-old.

WATCH: Giant Dino 'Walks' Again After 94 Million Years

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 10.31.2013 | Science

The Argentinosaurus is one of the largest known dinosaurs, but scientists were unsure how exactly the massive creature plodded across the Cretaceous ...

Given That It's Just a Theory, Why Can't the Theory of Evolution Be Wrong?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Quora

When you say, "The theory of evolution is something that can never be proven or disproven definitively," that's actually incorrect. The theory of evolution CAN be disproven. And that's the beauty of it.

Can Women 'Sniff Out' Their Competition?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.26.2013 | Science

Can women "sniff out" their competition in the mating game? Maybe so. New research from Florida State University suggests that women react to the ...

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

WATCH: Cute Science Geek Gets Answer To Horseshoe Crab Question

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science

An inquisitive 11-year-old got his science questions answered when HuffPost Live introduced him to a researcher who offered some insight into horsesho...

Is Evolution Widely Misunderstood?

Quora | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science
Quora

The consequence of adaptationism is that every single trait is an adaptation to something. This is, quite simply, wrong.

Become a Darwinian Traveler

Kevin Richberg | Posted 10.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin Richberg

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOn a recent trip to Botswana, a country Darwin was never fortunate enough to have seen, I was struck by how readily the questions of biology, which popped up during Darwin's travels, are ripe for the asking on a modern safari.

On the Origin of Cuckolds

Baba Brinkman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Baba Brinkman

Confronted with the hyper-vigilant and often violent jealousy of generations of men protecting their genetic legacy, evolution predicts a psychological arms race between the sexes, producing ever more keen-eyed and suspicious men and ever more creatively deceptive women.

Challenging the Fertile Window

Robert Martin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Robert Martin

While the mechanics of human reproduction have stayed the same in the past 80-plus years, there is no reason why our view of conception should be stuck in the early 20th century.

Has 'Junk DNA' Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 05.13.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/12/2013 02:25 PM EDT on LiveScience One person's trash may be another person's treasure, but...

Do Doctors Really Discriminate Against The Overweight?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity bias needs to be fixed. We are most likely to fix it when standing on a solid bedrock of understanding it at its origins. We can then replace the crude and obsolete survival-related imperatives bestowed to us in our genes, with the better angels of our nature.

Web Portals and Mouse Mazes: How Your Brain Sorts the World

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.29.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Why are we so good at forming categories? The short answer is, complex categories help us make long-term, large scale predictions about the world.

Primitive Fish Sported Weird Fins, Research Shows

Posted 04.10.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/09/2013 07:08 PM EDT on LiveScience A 370-milion-year-old, primitive fish sported a weird pa...

WATCH: Is THIS What Our Prehistoric Ancestors Sounded Like?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.09.2013 | Science

Ever wondered what our prehistoric ancestors sounded like when they "talked" to each other? Scientists say it might have sounded a bit like the gurgli...

Primate Brain Study Sheds Light On Human Smarts

Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/28/2013 09:53 AM EDT on LiveScience Brain organization, not overall size, may be the key ev...

Ancient Fossil Shows Creature Had Modern Teeth

Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/27/2013 06:49 AM EDT on LiveScience Paleontologists in Japan have unearthed the jaw of a pri...

How Do You Explain Evolution to a Ten Year Old?

Quora | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Chris Bland, Biomedical Scientist, bird enthusiast In the past I've used the following examp...

Boxing Study Spotlights Evolution Of Human Hand

Posted 12.21.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/19/2012 06:51 PM EST on LiveScience Human hands may have evolved their unique shape in order...

Is 'Happily Ever After' A Myth?

www.nytimes.com | Posted 12.04.2012 | Weddings

IN fairy tales, marriages last happily ever after. Science, however, tells us that wedded bliss has but a limited shelf life....

Evolution And The Catholic Church: Still Unresolved?

John Farrell | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
John Farrell

The science of evolution poses some thorny problems for Roman Catholic tradition. But a new book gives me hope the topic will be more deeply explored by Catholic theologians (and publishers) in the future.

Hairy Chest Study Spotlights Kind Of Mate Women Prefer

Posted 10.09.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 10/09/2012 09:56 AM EDT on LiveScience Humans are not nearly as furry as our closest pr...