Razib Khan explains why “evolutionary biology is nothing for conservatives to fear,” since “it is one of the crowning achievements of modern Western civilization.”
Source: The “Fearing Evolution” Trope | Evolution News
Animal remains found at archaeological sites tell the millennia-long story of how humans have hunted, domesticated and transported wildlife, altered landscapes and responded to environmental changes such as shifting temperatures and sea levels. Now, that story is available digitally through a new open-access data platform known as ZooArchNet, which links records of animals across biological and archaeological databases.
Source: New data platform illuminates history of humans’ environmental impact — ScienceDaily
“I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try and come back today and say we need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives.”
Source: “Middle-of-the-Road” Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won’t Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally
Rewards are frequently used to encourage learning, but rewards may actually mask true knowledge, finds a new study with rodents and ferrets.
Source: Treats might mask animal intelligence — ScienceDaily
Note: If you can’t access the paper, judicious inquiry might yield you a copy. __________ Many readers called my attention to new paper in the Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society (clic…
Source: Railing about rails: new paper on flightless birds is grossly misreported and distorted by the popular media « Why Evolution Is True
For more than a billion years after animal life arose, it stagnated in simplicity; sponges represented the height of complexity. Then around 541 million years ago, the pace of life’s transformation abruptly accelerated. This period, known as the Cambrian explosion, roughly bracketed the appearance of nearly all major animal groups alive today.
Source: Rapid Oxygen Changes Fueled an Explosion in Ancient Animal Diversity | Portside
Movements pushing for 100% renewables are gaining momentum. Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson says we have the technology to get there
Source: Can We Reach 100% Renewable Energy?