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Celebrating Charles Darwin's Evolutionary Legacy Through Darwin Day
2014-02-12 10:03:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For most people, February 12 is just another day; it comes 10 days after Groundhog Day and two days before St. Valentine’s Day. But this day does have special meaning for some. On a scientific note, Feb 12 marks the day a meteor left a large impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, Soviet Union (1947). It is also the day NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker landed on 433 Eros (2001), becoming the first spacecraft to successfully land on an asteroid....

Beetle Discovered 180 Years Ago By Darwin Is Published On His Birthday
2014-02-12 08:36:48

Pensoft Publishers In 1832 Charles Darwin disembarked from HMS Beagle in Bahia Blanca, Argentina where he traveled by land to Buenos Aires. In Bahia Blanca, Darwin collected several fossils of large mammals along with many other living organisms, including several insects. More than 180 years later on Darwin's birthday, February 12, scientists name after him a long lost but new to science beetle genus and species from this collection. The beetle was discovered and described by Dr....

Scientists Discover New Rat Genus In Birthplace Of The Theory Of Evolution
2013-09-21 08:22:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The story of evolution sometimes circles back to its roots as biologists announced they have recently discovered a new species in the very location that gave birth to what we now know as the Theory of Evolution. With a high-flying tuft of spiny hair on the back, a white tail-tip and three pairs of teats, the discovery of the unique-looking rat also helped to solidify theories about a specific corner of the Pacific. The new rodent...

Victorian-Era Map Helps Researchers Redraw Distribution Of Biodiversity
2012-12-21 13:36:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ecologists have collected massive amounts of data over the past 130 years and a research team led by University of Copenhagen scientists has used that wealth of information to redraw a Victorian map used to illustrate the geographic distribution of animals. The original map by the renowned English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, with assistance from Charles Darwin, has been in use since it was drawn up in 1874, when it established...

Hundreds Of Lost Darwin Fossils Discovered
2012-01-17 10:46:07

Numerous fossils -- including some collected by Charles Darwin -- have been rediscovered in an old wooden cabinet that had been tucked away in a dark corner of the British Geological Survey (BGS) headquarters in the UK, reports The Telegraph. The “treasure trove” of fossils was found by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, undoubtedly by accident. The fossils had been lost to science for nearly 165 years, before Falcon-Lang stumbled...

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2011-05-07 06:00:00

Doctors are putting modern medicine to the test to unravel the mystery of the long, painful illness and death of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution. Darwin's ailments were the subject of this year's annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference (CPC) in Baltimore on Friday.  The conference, sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, is devoted to the modern medical diagnosis of disorders that affected...

2011-05-05 23:01:00

Doctors Investigate Long Illness and Death of Scientist Known as 'Father of Evolution' BALTIMORE, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now, 200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, doctors are putting modern medicine to the test to unravel the mystery of the painful illness that plagued the scientist for much of his life. Darwin is the subject of this year's annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference (CPC) sponsored by the University of Maryland School...

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2009-12-10 10:20:02

Two articles about Darwin cap off his bicentennial by providing new historical perspectives Although Charles Darwin is most well-known for his book On the Origin of Species, in which he described the process of natural selection, he greatly contributed to many specific fields within biology. As the bicentennial anniversary of Darwin's birth comes to a close, the December issue of the American Journal of Botany presents two papers exploring botanical history before the time of Darwin, Darwin's...

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2009-11-21 09:03:03

Honoring 150 years of "On the Origin of Species;" Noor is recipient of Darwin-Wallace Medal Please join the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. ET for a live webcast featuring Darwin-Wallace Medal recipient Mohamed Noor of Duke University, who will answer media questions about current evidence for evolution and modern evolution theory. Among the topics: * Does modern genetic evidence favor the existence of a missing link? * What's the single most important...

2009-11-12 06:45:00

PALM DESERT, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With over one thousand referenced quotations from scientists and historians, "Darwin, Then and Now" explores scientific evidence over the past 150 years, from fossil records, molecular biology, embryology, and modern genetics. This newly released book written by Dr. Richard William Nelson, published by iUniverse, is a journey through what has become the most amazing story in the history of science; encapsulating who Darwin was, what he said, and...