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2010-11-09 14:08:41

Charles Darwin's theory of gradual evolution is not supported by geological history, New York University Geologist Michael Rampino concludes in an essay in the journal Historical Biology. In fact, Rampino notes that a more accurate theory of gradual evolution, positing that long periods of evolutionary stability are disrupted by catastrophic mass extinctions of life, was put forth by Scottish horticulturalist Patrick Matthew prior to Darwin's published work on the topic. "Matthew discovered...

2010-11-05 15:37:04

Clement Loo, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in the philosophy program, was one of the featured researchers at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association Nov. 4-6 in Montreal, Quebec. The association promotes research, teaching and free discussion of issues in the philosophy of science. Loo presented research themed around a Nov. 4 session on biology, evolution and selection. His paper was titled, "Invasive Species and Evaluating the Relative Significance of the...

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2010-02-23 08:50:15

Scaling and shear link morphology, genotype and developmental genetics From how massive humpbacks glide through the sea with ease to the efficient way fungal spores fly, applied mathematicians at Harvard have excavated the equations behind a variety of complex phenomena. The latest numerical feat by Otger Campàs and Michael Brenner, working closely with a team of Harvard evolutionary biologists led by Arhat Abzhanov, zeroes in on perhaps the most famous icon of evolution:...

2009-11-24 09:25:00

150th Anniversary of Origin of Species TODAY LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As atheists celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species TODAY, thousands are still livid at best selling author and Creationist Ray Comfort and 1200 Christians for handing out 170,000 copies of a special edition at 100 of the top U.S. universities on Nov 18. Now Comfort says he plans to giveaway 1 Million more copies at universities worldwide. Comfort'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...

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2009-10-27 10:22:24

When Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species 150 years ago, he deliberately avoided the subject of the origin of life. This, coupled with the mention of the 'Creator' in the last paragraph of the book, led us to believe he was not willing to commit on the matter. An international team, led by Juli Peret³ of the Cavanilles Institute in Valencia, now refutes that idea and shows that the British naturalist did explain in other documents how our first ancestors could have come into...

2009-10-05 11:40:00

Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record will be screened Oct. 25th WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The debate over Darwin will come to the Smithsonian Institution's west coast affiliate on October 25th, with the premiere of Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record, a new intelligent design film which challenges Darwinian evolution. To view a trailer and clips from the film, please visit www.darwinsdilemma.org. Darwin's Dilemma will...

2009-09-22 16:41:00

BELLFLOWER, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Best-selling author Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron, TV co-hosts of Way of the Master, will give away 100,000 free copies of Charles Darwin's seminal book Origin of Species--considered an atheist's holy bible that contains the blueprint for evolutionary theory. If you are thinking "come again?" you should know the popular TV ministers' 304-page version shares the gospel in an updated introduction, designed to clear up the pervasive mistake...

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2009-09-08 13:50:28

On Tuesday, London's Natural History Museum unveiled an eight-story extension to house the collections of Charles Darwin. The cocoon shaped addition to the imposing Victorian museum includes the Darwin Centre, which is a state-of-the-art research and exhibition facility named after the father of the theory of evolution. The new ultra-modern white building cost $129 million and houses 17 million insect specimens, three million plant specimens and contains a Climate Change Wall of screens...

2009-04-10 12:51:04

The Zoology Museum at Britain's University of Cambridge said it has discovered an egg collected by Charles Darwin during a South American expedition. Researchers at the museum said Darwin was known to have collected 16 bird eggs during his 1831-1836 expedition on the HMS Beagle, but all of the specimens were believed lost until a volunteer discovered one of the eggs in the museum's Darwin collection, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The brown egg, belonging to the Tinamou bird of Uruguay,...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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