Just to set the record straight, embryologist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) had, according to learned expert, a “philosophy of sponges.” And the title above captures part of it.
Source: Ernst Haeckel studied sponges to demonstrate “a universe devoid of supernatural beings or purpose” | Uncommon Descent
Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based estimates, according to new research.
Source: Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, research on teeth shows — ScienceDaily
The strange ideology of the religious right supports US/zionist)imperialism and its wars/genocide but promotes the (fallacious) views of ‘soul’ in the context of the foetus…The qu…
Source: Soul factors and the foetus…xtian religious contradictions/hypocrisy – Democratic Market Neo-communism
Giant pandas are unusual in being extremely specialized herbivores that feed almost exclusively on highly fibrous bamboo, despite belonging to a clade (Carnivora) of primarily flesh-eating carnivores. But a study suggests that the switch to a restricted vegetarian diet wasn’t, in some respects, as big an evolutionary leap as it seems.
Source: Giant panda’s bamboo diet still looks surprisingly carnivorous — ScienceDaily
The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs. But why were these 2-3 ton giants so successful? A new study shows that their special adaptations in teeth and jaws and in their head crests were crucial, and provides new insights into how these innovations evolved.
Source: Duck-billed dinosaurs: Evolutionary bursts led to weird and wonderful head crests — ScienceDaily
Paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make — part of the rare echolocation ability that allows them to effectively navigate their dark environment.
Source: Dolphin ancestor’s hearing was more like hoofed mammals than today’s sea creatures: CT scan of 30-million-year-old fossil indicates echolocation evolved more than once — ScienceDaily
If the most complex cells descended from the least complex ones (which is what it looks like), that’s not really something many researchers want to hear.
Source: At Nature: Carl Woese’s archaea are “shaking up the tree of life” | Uncommon Descent
Do we know that quantum mechanics is wrong and, if so, how can it be useful?
Source: Sabine Hossenfelder: “We know that quantum mechanics is wrong.” | Uncommon Descent