evolution

The Most Natural Human Diet: Just About Anything

February 13, 2009
Generally when you think about what separates humans from other species, features like upright walking, large brains and language come to mind. But diet has actually played an enormous role...
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Did Neanderthals and Humans Mate? Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

October 27, 2008
The Spittoon has pointed out several times in the last few months (here, here and here) that when researchers look for evidence of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals, they...
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Plus ca change … The Mystery of Ultraconserved Elements

October 02, 2008
Before efforts to sequence the human genome began, scientists thought they’d find about 100,000 protein coding genes in the three billion bases pairs of DNA that are found in almost...
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Is That a Peacock Feather under your Coat … Or are You Just Happy to See Me?

August 21, 2008
An animal’s ability to survive often depends on how well it can avoid predators.   Many species of fish, birds, and mammals have evolved ingenious methods of staying hidden from...
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Benvinguts a Barcelona: Part 2

July 01, 2008
Last month I had the opportunity to go to the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution conference in the striking city of Barcelona. This is the premiere conference for geneticists...
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Benvinguts a Barcelona: Notes from the 2008 Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference

June 27, 2008
This month I had the opportunity to go to the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution conference in the striking city of Barcelona. This is the premiere conference for geneticists...
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