“Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system—with all these exalted powers—Man still bears in his bodily frame… Read More Darwin Day
Quick extra note, Dr. Steven Novella of the Nerurologica blog today posted a great introduction to Creationist arguments and briefly covers the “Cambrian Explosion”, I recommend you pop over there and read this interesting treatise.
Today I’ve decided to send you away again. First up is one of the magazine specials that we’ll likely see dozens of this year that centre on Darwin and evolution. It’s from BBC’s Focus magazine and covers topics such as whether humans are still evolving, What Darwin didn’t know, Evolution in action and how to argue with a… Read More Evolution Everywhere
As a follow up to yesterday’s post on Transitional Fossils I thought I would highlight another resource put together by the journal “Nature” that brings together 15 short easily read articles on evolutionary evidences along with references and additional resources. Given the name “15 Evolutionary Gems” they have set the stage to showcase some insteresting… Read More Evolutionary “Gems”
First lets discuss what fossils are, this is probably redundant but I’ve got to fill my word count somehow. You likely already know the postage stamp version of this, fossils are the mineralized remains of dead animals, but how are they formed and why are there so few of them? Actually the answers to those… Read More Transitional Fossils
It’s been pretty full on the last few days so I thought I’d take a break and tell you to go check out the (currently) free journal Evolution: Education and Outreach. The first issue of 2009 has just been published and there’s bound to be something of interest for everyone. Actually I especially recommend looking… Read More Evolution Journal
The gene centered view of evolutionary change is a useful way to visualize how the processes work and to come up with explanations of why things happen the way they do. I have already mentioned concepts like genetic fitness, genetic lines and goals of an individual and this is where those concepts are grounded. This… Read More Gene Eye View