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Darwin convinced the world, but was he the first to describe evolution?
A new review of the ideas and work of Patrick Matthew, a little-known antecedent of Charles Darwin, argues that Matthew is under-appreciated even though he described the idea of large-scale evolution by natural selection decades before Darwin did. Some of his ideas were different from Darwin's but are equally valid. View News Article (2015-04-21)

Unique Coastal Defence Research
'We will be comparing the 3D beach evolution and sediment transport in the CRF model with measurements made on the Sussex coast at Elmer, on which the model is based,' explains Dr Chadwick, Reader in Coastal Engineering. 'The CRF data will also be compared against calculations of beach evolution and sediment transport derived from numerical models. These comparisons will help to improve the... View News Article (1998-12-23)

Europeans' understanding of science, evolution, more advanced than Americans
When it comes to scientific literacy, Americans aren't nearly as evolved as they may think. In fact, only about 40 percent of American adults accept the basic idea of evolution, a figure much lower than any European country. View News Article (2007-02-16)

Selection of the fittest
A new study shows that schools and many education programmes are failing to provide students with a basic understanding of evolution. It is famously difficult to explain evolutionary principles without resorting to anthropomorphic or figurative language. Evolution 'selects' the fittest individuals; species 'adapt' to change. Both of these phrases are commonplace when explaining the very complex... View News Article (2002-03-18)

Beautiful plumage: Feather color and sex start the species revolution
Faculty of 1000, the leading scientific evaluation service, has highlighted research providing evidence for the evolution of a new species. View News Article (2009-08-06)

Homoplasy: A Good Thread to Pull to Understand the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn
With the genetics of so many organisms that have different traits yet to study, and with the techniques for gathering full sets of genetic information from organisms rapidly evolving, the "forest" of evolution can be easily lost to the "trees" of each individual case and detail. View News Article (2011-02-25)

Human brains pay a price for being big
Metabolic changes responsible for the evolution of our unique cognitive abilities indicate that the brain may have been pushed to the limit of its capabilities. Research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology adds weight to the theory that schizophrenia is a costly by-product of human brain evolution. View News Article (2008-08-05)

New way to conquer disease-causing nematodes in flies has implications for human diseases
A Science article published on July 9, 2010, describes the discovery of an alternative form of evolution that helps Drosophila flies conquer nematodes that sterilize them. Nematodes are among the most abundant, diverse and destructive parasites of plants and animals.  View News Article (2010-07-09)

Early fire use ignites discussion about the evolution of human brainpower
New evidence that early modern humans used fire in southern Africa in a controlled way to increase the quality and efficiency of stone tools is changing how researchers understand the evolution of human behavior, and in particular, the evolution of human brain power.  View News Article (2009-08-14)

Evolution: fish select for the survival of teh fittest
An important breakthrough has been made in determining the forces responsible for the evolution of populations in nature. By studying wild populations of grayling (a close relative of salmon), Mikko Koskinen and Craig Primmer at the University of Helsinki and Thrond Haugen at the University of Oslo found that natural selection, a force suggested by Charles Darwin in `The Origin of Species`, was... View News Article (2002-10-30)

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