Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution

Your one-stop source for information on evolution.

Evolution Lab

Evolution Lab

What could you possibly have in common with a mushroom, or a dinosaur, or even a bacterium? More than you might think. In this Lab, you’ll puzzle out the evolutionary relationships linking together a spectacular array of species. Explore the tree of life and get a front row seat to what some have called the greatest show on Earth. That show is evolution.

Evolution - NewScientist

Evolution - NewScientist

Evolution is the unifying force in modern biology, but it remains a source of misunderstanding and controversy. Start finding out why it is so important with our beginner's guide.

Charles Darwin BBC Bitesize

Charles Darwin BBC Bitesize

Darwin's theory of evolution explains how species of living things have changed over geological time. The theory is supported by evidence from fossils, and by the rapid changes that can be seen to occur in microorganisms such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Many species have become extinct in the past and the extinction of species continues to happen.

Charles Darwin Interactive

Charles Darwin Interactive

Charles Darwin's Game of Survival - Science Channel

Tree of Life Interactive

Tree of Life Interactive

What is the "tree of life"? Find out more about the influential scientist Charles Darwin ...

How Natural Selection Works

How Natural Selection Works

Several hundred million years ago, there were no vertebrate animals on land. The only vertebrate species in the world were fish, all of which lived underwater. Competition for food was intense. Some species of fish that lived near the coast developed a strange mutatio­n: the ability to push themselves along in the mud and sand on the shore with their fins ...

Top 5 Misconceptions About Evolution

Top 5 Misconceptions About Evolution

A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.

15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

Opponents of evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science, but their arguments don't hold up.

Bats and Dolphins Evolved ...

Bats and Dolphins Evolved ...

Bats and Dolphins Evolved Echolocation in Same Way - Dolphins and bats don't have much in common, but they share a superpower: Both hunt their prey by emitting high-pitched sounds and listening for the echoes. Now, a study shows that this ability arose independently in each group of mammals from the same genetic mutations.

Evolution

Evolution

Evolution - a journey into where we're from and where we're going.

6 Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

6 Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

We sometimes think of evolution as a thing of the past, but it continues today, especially as environmental pressures force humans and animals to adapt to survive. Here, a few examples of animals evolving in real-time.

Rise of the Superbugs

Rise of the Superbugs

Four Corners - Antibiotics are the wonder drugs of modern medicine. They've allowed doctors to save and extend life by killing infection and enabling ground breaking surgery. But imagine a world where antibiotics don't work - that would be a place dominated by superbugs, bacteria that don't respond to antibiotics. Scientists say this would end many modern medical procedures and they claim the threat is greater than we realise.

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The Longitude Prize is aiming to help battle the problem of antibiotic resistance among bacteria, but what exactly are we up against?

Is the Human Brain Still Evolving?

Is the Human Brain Still Evolving?

When we daydream about the future, we tend to focus on the fabulous belongings we're going to have. Jet packs, flying cars, weapons to kill aliens, cell phones that make today's sleek models look clunky -- you name it, we're going to have it. We don't tend to focus, however, on who we'll be in the future. Most of us probably picture ourselves exactly the same ...

10 Body Parts You Could Do Without

10 Body Parts You Could Do Without

Third eyelid, tonsils, male nipples ...

5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving

5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving

When we think of human evolution, our minds wander back to the thousands of years it took natural selection to produce the modern-day man. But are we still changing as a species, even today? New research suggests that, despite modern technology and industrialization, humans continue to evolve.

Human Evolution Evidence

Human Evolution Evidence

Scientists have discovered a wealth of evidence concerning human evolution, and this evidence comes in many forms. Thousands of human fossils enable researchers and students to study the changes that occurred in brain and body size, locomotion, diet, and other aspects regarding the way of life of early human species over the past 6 million years. Millions of stone tools, figurines and paintings, footprints, and other traces of human behavior in the prehistoric record tell ...

Human Evolution

Human Evolution

Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human. Embark on a seven-million-year journey, from the first hominins to the last surviving human species: us.

Human Origins Project

Human Origins Project

The Human Origins Project, a joint initiative of the National Geographic Society and the Turkana Basin Institute, will utilize cutting-edge technology to become the largest and most informative multilingual resource available on the subject of human evolution.

NOVA Evolution

NOVA Evolution

From Darwin's diaries to the latest studies in genomics, explore the past and future of evolutionary science. Watch videos, hear from experts, and more.

Becoming Human

Becoming Human

Becoming human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution.

Love Child of Human, Neanderthal ...

Love Child of Human, Neanderthal ...

First Love Child of Human, Neanderthal Found. The skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 40,000-30,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, according to a paper in PLoS ONE.

New Candidate for Our Most Immediate

New Candidate for Our Most Immediate

Does a 2-million-year-old skeleton unseat "Lucy" from a critical evolutionary junction on the way to Homo, our genus?

DNA Study Shows Why Neanderthals ...

DNA Study Shows Why Neanderthals ...

DNA study shows why Neanderthals, modern humans are so different ...

How Humans Ended Up With ...

How Humans Ended Up With ...

How humans ended up with freakishly huge brains.

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