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7 reasons why it’s easier for humans to believe in God than evolution

7 reasons why it’s easier for humans to believe in God than evolution

“I don’t think there’s any question that a variety of our mental dispositions are ones that discourage us from taking evolutionary theory as seriously as it should be taken,” explains Robert N. McCauley, director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture [...]

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Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution | Science | The Guardian.

esearchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.

The genetic material was pieced together from a clutch of cells [...]

Survival of the … Nicest? | Darwin, Corporate Culture and Sharing

Survival of the … Nicest? | Common Dreams.

Eric Michael Johnson  is a doctoral student in the history of science at the University of British Columbia. His research examines the interplay between evolutionary biology and politics.

 

A century ago, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that Darwin’s theories justified an economy of vicious competition and [...]

Extended family tree reveals human’s small, four-legged, insect-eating relative |

HAPPY DARWIN WEEKEND! (fun to make a new evolution chart, and adding this little guy before the primates…)

“Humans may have descended from apes, but long before that there was a small, four-legged insect-eating critter, according to new research out Thursday in the US journal “Science.”

The international six-year study used a massive trove [...]

Vancouver, Canada, Darwin Day Proclamation | Darwin Day

Vancouver, Canada, Darwin Day Proclamation | Darwin Day.

Vancouver joins a growing list of municipalities, including cities, states, and Canadian Provinces that have officially recognized the birthday of the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin.

You can read the proclamation on the site above.

Evolution Made Clear for Kids in “Pepper’s Special Wings”

University of Toronto Humanist Chaplaincy: Evolution Made Clear for Kids in “Pepper’s Special Wings”. (Mary Anne is a Humanist from Oakville, ON, a member of HPHC)

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425 bmagee@americanhumanist.org

(Washington, DC – Nov. 13, 2012) – In order to give parents a fun and effective tool when teaching young [...]

Part of the genome of two hunter-gatherers from 7,000 years ago

Part of the genome of two hunter-gatherers from 7,000 years ago.

 

Researchers have also recovered the complete mitochondrial DNA of one of these individuals, through which they could determine that European populations from Mesolithic Period were very uniform genetically. Carles Lauleza-Fox, from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), states: “These hunters-gatherers shared nomadic habits [...]

Christian Fundamentalists Teach US Children Loch Ness Monster Is Real To Disprove Evolution

Christian Fundamentalists Teach US Children Loch Ness Monster Is Real To Disprove Evolution.

(I know, it’s Louisiana, but had to pass this on to Ontarians with Scottish heritage — mb)

A state in America is paying for children to attend fundamentalist schools where the existence of the Loch Ness monster is taught as fact in [...]

Neandertals possibly cave artists: new study

NewsDaily: Who you calling dumb? Neanderthals possibly cave artists: study.

There is no documentable difference in symbolic behavior between Neanderthals and modern humans at any given time period,” said Trinkaus.

The crux of the who-were-the-artists controversy therefore comes down to this: were Neanderthals the only humans in Europe when the cave art was made?

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Ancestor’s Trail Hike, June 24, Credit River

Home – Ancestor’s Trail Hike. (Join Kevin and the walkers on the annual evolution hike in Mississagua!)

NOTE: We are taking this opportunity to raise funds for the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth initiative called Roots & Shoots.

Based on Richard Dawkin’s book, and originally conceived as a walk back in time from the current [...]

Vertebrates share ancient neural circuitry for complex social behaviors, biologists find

Vertebrates share ancient neural circuitry for complex social behaviors, biologists find.

 

ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) — Humans, fish and frogs share neural circuits responsible for a diversity of social behavior, from flashy mating displays to aggression and monogamy, that have existed for more than 450 million years, biologists at The University of Texas [...]

“Monkey bill” passes Tennessee Senate | NCSE

“Monkey bill” passes Tennessee Senate | NCSE.

The bill …would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”Among those expressing opposition to the bill are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil [...]

Evolution’s New Wrinkle: Proteins With ‘Cruise Control’ Act Like Adaptive Machines

Evolution’s New Wrinkle: Proteins With ‘Cruise Control’ Act Like Adaptive Machines.  (it’s a week of publishing …more confirmation of Darwin and Wallace’s observations..)

“….The work also confirms an idea first floated in an 1858 essay by Alfred Wallace, who along with Charles Darwin co-discovered the theory of evolution. Wallace had suspected that certain systems undergoing [...]

The Darwin-Wallace mystery solved: Darwin vindicated from accusations of deceit

The Darwin-Wallace mystery solved: Darwin vindicated from accusations of deceit.  (thanks to Diane from HAO for this link)

ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2012) — A National University of Singapore. study has traced historical shipping records and vindicated Darwin from accusations of deceit.

For the past four decades, Charles Darwin had been accused of keeping the essay [...]

Gorilla Genome Sequenced! Anthropology, Evolution, and Science

Gorilla Genome Sequenced! « Afarensis: Anthropology, Evolution, and Science.

Gorilla Genome Sequenced!

From Afarensis – (reposted here from rom the OHS Facebook posting): The gorilla genome has been sequenced and yields some interesting insights on human evolution. The research is reported in Nature. The article is open access, if you wish to read further. Here is [...]

Humanity’s earliest ancestor looked like tiny eel,and lived off Canada’s west coast

Humanity’s earliest ancestor looked like tiny eel, study finds.

Humankind’s earliest ancestor was a bottom feeder with a primitive backbone — not unlike some who walk the earth today — that swam off Canada’s west coast more than 500 million years ago.

Researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Cambridge confirmed Pikaia [...]

One-Inch Lizards: Researchers Find New Species of Mini-Chameleon

 

One-Inch Lizards: Researchers Find New Species of Mini-Chameleon . Der Spiegel:  … the tiny island of Nosy Hara just off the northern tip of Madagascar is rather desolate. Only a few patches of forest cover the rocky bit of land, not the kind of place that looks particularly hospitable to wildlife.

Yet [...]

History of Evolutionary Biology Part 2: Darwin, Wallace, and the Origin of Species

History of Evolutionary Biology Part 2: Darwin, Wallace, and the Origin of Species.  (from a diary series on Dailykos – here is a reminder of the 5 basic tenets of evolution:)

Ideas in ‘The Origin’

Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) a noted evolutionary biologist and historian of evolutionary biology has pointed out that ‘Darwin’s theory’ is really [...]

42,000 year old Neanderthal art found

42,000 year old Neanderthal art found.

The world’s oldest works of art have been found in a cave on Spain’s Costa del Sol, scientists believe.Six paintings of seals are at least 42,000 years old and are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man, experts claim.

Professor Jose Luis Sanchidrian, from the University of [...]

Mitochondrial Eve –who changed human evolution forever

Scientists behind Mitochrondrial Eve – interview. Happy Darwin Month! “People tended to have one of two reactions – they either thought they knew this answer all along, or, they thought I couldn’t possibly be right. Some were very dismissive, and you may know that only about 40% of Americans even believe in biological evolution, and [...]

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