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2008-07-10 00:00:09

CHICAGO _ Some dusty fossil fish spotted by a sharp-eyed University of Chicago doctoral student as he rummaged through forgotten corners of museum collections in Europe have solved a question that has long vexed scientists. The puzzling question was: How did flatfish, a bizarre, highly specialized group of bottom-feeding fish that are some of nature's most delicious creatures _ sole, plaice, turbot, flounder and halibut among them _ end up with both of their eyes on one side of their faces?...

2008-07-01 15:00:32

A SERIES of events to honour the life, ideas and impact of Charles Darwin are to be held at Edinburgh Zoo. It is taking part in Darwin200, a national celebration of the famous naturalist, which starts today. The celebrations cover three anniversaries. Today it is 150 years since Darwin first presented his theory of evolution; his 200th birthday is on February 12, 2009; and in November next year it will be 150 years since the controversial publication of his definitive work On the Origin...

2008-06-17 03:00:15

By Michael Ruse TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - I want to talk about Darwinism - the theory of evolution of the 19th-century English naturalist Charles Robert Darwin. Before you start to groan and say that you don't think you could read another thing on the science-and-religion clash and on why Intelligent Design should or should not be taught in schools, let me assure you that that is not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about Darwin's theory itself - first introduced to the world,...

2008-06-17 03:00:15

I would like to add some thoughts to Dr. Gordon's article: "Science is about open-minded inquiry". Many evolutionists are concerned about the lack of evidence to support their theory. Charles Darwin in his book: "Origin of Species, 6th edition, 1872 p. 413 states: "Why is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely gradual organic chain; and this is the most obvious and serious objection which can...

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2008-04-17 00:45:00

Charles Darwin's collection of research found its way to the Web on Thursday for the first time.The Web site, Darwin-online.org.uk, showcases the largest collection, amounting to around 20,000 items and 90,000 images, according to the Cambridge University Library, which is home to Darwin's papers.The site also boasts the largest Darwin bibliography ever exhibited, due to the work of R. B. Freeman, and the largest catalogue of manuscripts "“ over 30,000 entries. Users are able to search...

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2007-04-11 18:00:00

By MELISSA EDDY BERLIN - Benedict XVI, in his first extended reflections on evolution published as pope, says that Darwin's theory cannot be finally proven and that science has unnecessarily narrowed humanity's view of creation. In a new book, "Creation and Evolution," published Wednesday in German, the pope praised progress gained by science, but cautioned that evolution raises philosophical questions science alone cannot answer. "The question is not to either make a decision for a...

2006-08-30 07:30:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS -- Pope Benedict gathers some of his former theology students on Friday for a private weekend debate on evolution and religion, an issue conservative Christians have turned into a political cause in the United States. Benedict, who taught theology at four German universities before rising in the Catholic Church hierarchy, has pondered weighty ideas with his former Ph.D students at annual meetings since the late 1970s without any media fuss. But his...

2005-11-15 16:35:00

By Anna Driver NEW YORK -- Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is nearly 150 years old and under fresh attack, but thanks to him scientists today understand the danger bird flu poses to humans, curators of a new Darwin exhibit say. "Without his insights, we would fail to appreciate the dangerous potentials of rapid evolution in the avian flu virus," Michael Novacek, curator of paleontology at the museum, told a news conference on Tuesday. The show chronicling the life of Darwin and his...

2005-11-15 16:37:49

By Anna Driver NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is nearly 150 years old and under fresh attack, but thanks to him scientists today understand the danger bird flu poses to humans, curators of a new Darwin exhibit say. "Without his insights, we would fail to appreciate the dangerous potentials of rapid evolution in the avian flu virus," Michael Novacek, curator of paleontology at the museum, told a news conference on Tuesday. The show chronicling the life of...

2005-08-15 18:35:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University is planning a scientific study of how life emerged on Earth, thrusting one of America's most prestigious universities into the growing, politically charged debate over an alternative to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Opponents of evolution theory said that Harvard's research project is proof that science has yet to disprove alternative theories, including the idea of "intelligent design," which is popular with America's...