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Why ‘beauty’ is an evolutionary conundrum that even Darwin couldn’t solve

The genius of evolution is its brutal pragmatism; do whatever is needed to pass your genes onto the next generation ...
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Exploring the uneasy relationship between Charles Darwin and his skeptical publisher

Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution shook up Britain’s Victorian establishment upon the release of On the Origin of Species, the 1859 ...
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Viewpoint: Challenging those who claim evolution is ‘just a theory’

Such widespread rejection of the theory of evolution is fueled in part by the notion that evolution is “just a ...
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Was Darwin wrong about ‘survival of the fittest’? Collaboration may be just as natural as competition

To put it simply, we have let Darwinism set the horizon of possibility for human behavior. Competition has become a ...
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Podcast: Why some of the most iconic images and stories depicting evolution are wrong

Kat Arney tackles the myths and misconceptions around two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology: the 'March of ...
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Enduring misconception: Why are we still drawing evolution as a straight line?

Evolution has no final endpoint in mind ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Why conservatives should embrace evolution ‘as a jewel’ of modern Western civilization

It is a crowning achievement of Western civilization and a rejoinder to the modern myths of the Left ...
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Podcast: What would have happened if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter?

Where would we be now if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter? ...
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Is evolution denial an attempt to ‘make humans special’?

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial. Not controversial among biologists, but controversial among the general public. This is largely because ...
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This tiny creature gives us a ‘completely new branch on the tree of life’

Canadian scientists have identified microscopic creatures that are so unlike anything seen before, they had to create an entirely new ...
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‘The Tangled Tree’: Book explores what’s wrong with Darwin’s theory of evolution

Until recently, the central tenets of Darwin’s theory of evolution, from how heredity works to the gradual variation in species, had ...
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Defining life: If it’s created in a lab, is it really alive?

Describing life is difficult and evasive. Will we fully understand life if we can create it through synthetic biology? ...
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Why evolution is more complicated than Darwin imagined

Darwinian evolution [is] the transmission of genes and traits down the family line. DNA, it turns out, can also be ...
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Discovering a ‘third kingdom’: How this scientist upended Darwin’s ‘tree of life’

On Nov. 3, 1977, a new scientific revolution was heralded to the world — but it came cryptically, in slightly ...
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‘Evolution is aimless’: How else do we explain external testicles?

Evolution is a work in progress, so it’s hardly surprising that some of the features it has built into the ...