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The Mathematics of Evolution: Q&A with Biologist Marcus Feldman

<i>From</i> <i>Quanta Magazine</i> <i>(</i><i>find original story here</i><i>).</i><p>Marcus Feldman never planned to end up on the front lines of evolutionary biology. “I always wanted to …

Biology

The Biologists Who Want to Overhaul Evolution

A half-century’s worth of scientific discoveries since the last major update to evolutionary theory has some researchers pushing for a paradigm shift.<p>Kevin Laland looked out across the meeting room at a couple hundred people gathered for a conference on the future of evolutionary biology. A …

Biology

Human skull evolved along with two-legged walking, study confirms

The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull -- a claim that was previously contested but now has …

Biology
Evolution

How Autism Influenced Human Evolution

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>When you think of someone with autism, what do you think of? It …

Climate may have shaped the evolution of the human nose

Nature's nose job<p>In the late 1800s, British anthropologist and anatomist Arthur Thomson posited that people with ancestral origins in cold, arid climates were likely to have longer, thinner noses, while those who came from warm, humid regions were inclined to have noses that were shorter and …

Anthropology

Cities drive animals and plants to evolve

Ever seen a raccoon unlatch a garbage can in search of leftovers? Or shimmy across power lines to get from one rooftop to another? If so, you've …

Cephalopods may have traded evolution gains for extra smarts

Octopus, squid and cuttlefish don’t always follow the rules laid out in their DNA. Straying from prescribed genetic instructions may have increased …

Biology

How Humans Are Shaping Our Own Evolution

Like other species, we are the products of millions of years of adaptation. Now we're taking matters into our own hands.<p><b>When I met the cyborg Neil Harbisson</b>, in Barcelona, he looked like any local hipster, except for the black antenna arching impressively from the back of his skull over his mop of …

Blade Runner