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Ncse, Science Education, Evolution, Creationism, State Science Standards

Battle in the Classroom

Are state science standards worthless? Are kids learning about evolution or being spoon-fed creationist pseudoscience? What's the proper role of state science standards in American public education, anyway?

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Evolution, Speciation, Extinction, Statistics, Computational Biology

Statistics Help Tell Evolutionary Tale

A new study has statistically proven what paleontologists have believed for years: new species emerge just as often as they die out, most evolution occurs in small bursts and crocodiles are really weird.

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Margie Profet, Biologist, Biology, Evolution, Darwin, Menstruation, Harvard, Berkeley

Margie Profet: A Promising Scientist Vanishes Without a Trace

Without even a graduate degree, biologist Margie Profet received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for her pioneering papers about evolution. Young, attractive, and brilliant, she quickly became a scientific "It Girl." But four years ago, Profet vanished without a trace. Here, for the first time, is the final chapter of her celebrated life.

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Evolution, Genetics, Stickleback, fish, Pelvis, Armor, Diversity, Ecology

'Pelvis Has Left the Building'

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New research shows that when two species of stickleback fish evolved and lost their pelvises and body armor, the changes were caused by different genes in each species. That surprised researchers, who expected the same genes would control the same changes in both related fish. The findings shed new light on how evolution produces diversity in nature, and on the evolution of limb loss.

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Evolution, Evolutionary Biology, Society For The Study Of Evolution, The Society Of Systematic Biologists And The American Society Of Naturalists

University of Idaho Is a Natural Selection for Evolution 2009

The University of Idaho will host 2009 Evolution, a conference featuring more than 600 presentations and 200 posters on current and previously unreleased research, eight sponsored symposia synthesizing entire research fields, three speeches from the presidents of the sponsoring societies and one keynote speaker, Eugenie Scott.

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Evolution, Darwin, Eugenie Scott, Gould, Award, Prize

Eugenie Scott Wins Stephen Jay Gould Prize

The Society for the Study of Evolution has honored NCSE's Dr. Eugenie Scott with its first Stephen Jay Gould Prize, recognizing her outstanding work in communicating the insights, applications, and importance of evolutionary biology to the general public.

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Darwinius Masillae, IDA, 47 Million Year Old Fossil

47-Million-year-old Fossil Could Shed Light on Primate Family Tree

A 47-million-year-old primate fossil, a purported "missing link" between primates and humans, was unveiled this week in New York. The fossil, formally called Darwinius masillae but nicknamed Ida, could, due to it being an essentially whole skeleton, shed light on the construction of the primate family tree, says an expert on primate evolution at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Biodiversity, Competition, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Snail, Toxin, Venom

Snail Venoms Reflect Reduced Competition

A study of venomous snails on remote Pacific islands reveals genetic underpinnings of an ecological phenomenon that has fascinated scientists since Darwin.

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Vision, Evolution, Eyes, Primates

Small Evolutionary Shifts Make Big Impacts "“ Like Developing Night Vision

Minor differences in the timing of cell proliferation can explain the large differences found in the eyes of two species "“ owl monkeys and capuchin monkeys "“ that evolved from a common ancestor.

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Proliferation, Nocturnal, Diurnal, Retinal, Development

New Insight into Primate Eye Evolution

Researchers comparing the fetal development of the eye of the owl monkey with that of the capuchin monkey have found that only a minor difference in the timing of cell proliferation can explain the multiple anatomical differences in the two kinds of eyes.







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