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Article ID: 552592

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

Cornell University

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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20-May-2009 11:15 AM EDT
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Article ID: 552534

New Insight into Primate Eye Evolution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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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18-May-2009 8:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552511

Eugenie Scott, Barack Obama, Bill Gates Honored!

National Center for Science Education

Scientific American names the 10 most important leaders in science and technology... including Dr. Eugenie C. Scott of NCSE.

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18-May-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 552125

Baboons Benefit from Strong Social Networks, Expert Says

University of Delaware

Monkey communication expert Robert Seyfarth kicked off the University of Delaware's Year of Darwin celebration, with a true story, documented in 1961, about a female baboon that herded goats in an African village. In 15 years of research on baboons in Botswana, Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney, his research partner and spouse, determined that baboons are able to put together the discrete elements of identity, kinship, and rank. Moreover, when under stress, their social networks become even more important.

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7-May-2009 10:10 AM EDT
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Article ID: 551707

Beyond "Ooh-ooh, Aah-aah": Expert on Monkey Communication Kicks Off Darwin Series at UD, May 5

University of Delaware

Robert Seyfarth, a noted expert on monkey communication, will present "Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind" from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, in Room 130 Sharp Hall at the University of Delaware. The lecture will kick off the University of Delaware's Year of Darwin Celebration.

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27-Apr-2009 4:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 550595

Science Setback for Texas Schools

National Center for Science Education

After three all-day meetings and a blizzard of amendments and counter-amendments, the Texas Board of Education cast its final vote Friday on state science standards. The results weren't pretty. The board majority amended the Earth and Space Science, and Biology standards (TEKS) with loopholes and language that make it even easier for creationists to attack science textbooks.

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30-Mar-2009 4:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 550484

Rowan to Host Origins of Species Presentation

Rowan University

Dr. Sean Carroll, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin, will present on "Remarkable Creatures: Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species."

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26-Mar-2009 11:10 AM EDT
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Article ID: 550430

Scientists to Texas Board of Education: Teach Evolution Right!

National Center for Science Education

Over 50 scientific societies representing hundreds of thousands of American scientists today publicly urged the Texas Board of Education to support accurate science education.

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25-Mar-2009 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 550264

Research Links Evolution of Fins and Limbs with That of Gills

University of Chicago

The genetic toolkit animals use to build fins and limbs is the same genetic toolkit that controls the development of part of the gill skeleton in sharks. In addition, the skeleton of any animal appendage is probably patterned by the developmental genetic program that regulates the formation of shark gills. This finding is consistent with an old theory, often discounted in science textbooks, that fins and (later) limbs evolved from the gills of an extinct vertebrate.

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20-Mar-2009 10:55 AM EDT
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Article ID: 550313

Lights! Camera! Evolve!

National Center for Science Education

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is expanding its online video presence with its new YouTube channel--contentious testimony, landmark and illuminating speeches, conference coverage, and more.

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23-Mar-2009 9:00 AM EDT
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