The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts
Source: What evolutionary advantage comes from women having considerably less body hair than men? | Evolution | The Guardian
New research from the University of Tübingen demonstrates that nut-cracking can emerge in Sumatran (Pongo abelii) and Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) orangutans through individual learning and certain types of non-copying social learning.
Source: Orangutans Observed Using Hammer Tools to Crack Nuts | Biology | Sci-News.com
The bowfin (Amia calva), a species of ray-finned fish native to North America, is an evolutionary enigma because it embodies a unique combination of ancestral and advanced fish features.
Source: Bowfin Genome Sheds New Light on Evolution of Ray-Finned Fishes | Genetics | Sci-News.com
So there’s this absented-minded philosopher of science walking down the street, head in the clouds, not looking where he’s going.
Source: Meyer: “Can Natural Selection Explain the Origin of Life?” | Evolution News
Perhaps this organism had four legs. Perhaps it had flippers. Perhaps it was closely related to whales. Perhaps it has nothing to do with whales.
Source: Evolutionary Imagination and Belief Drive False Claims of a “Four-Legged Whale” | Evolution News
Design motifs such as four-bar linkages and control systems must meet exacting requirements whether implemented in a space shuttle or a fish.
Source: Engineers Helped Save Biology from Darwinism | Evolution News
Meyer has jumped the gun, it seems. The ID camp has long been plotting the final stage of their intelligent design campaign, a sort of theological time machine to go backwards. Their final coup is …
Source: Meyer’s regressive ‘god hypothesis’….A Covert Nod to Meyer’s “God Hypothesis”? | Evolution News – 1848+: The End(s) of History
The evolution of a defensive gland in beetles shows how organs can arise from novel cells carving out new functional niches for their neighbors.
Source: How Do New Organs Evolve? A Beetle Gland Shows the Way. | Quanta Magazine
This is a superb book despite my inability to follow through on an atheist’s passage into theistic considerations. But he faces all the problems with Darwin, gives an invaluable history and a…
Source: But what of the ‘eonic effect’:…/Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design – 1848+: The End(s) of History