Archive for June, 2012
In last week’s edition of Biology Letters, lead investigator Walter Joyce from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen in Germany gave an updated on nine fossilized pairs of turtles mating discovered 30 years ago.
The update received widespread media attention during the week. ABC News, BBC News, National Geographic, New York Daily News, MSNBC, FOX News featured the story along with the standard evolution barons, the journals of Nature and Science. Continue Reading
The letter from Alfred Russel Wallace in June 1858 stands as the most motivating letters Charles Darwin was ever to receive. Wallace’s letter forced Darwin to finish what was soon to be known as The Origin of Species−a work that had been over 20 years in-the-making, at the time. Darwin was shaken to the core.
In this infamous letter, apparently, Wallace had asked Darwin to review an accompanying paper on entitled “On the Tendency of Varieties to depart indefinitely from the Original Type.” Since they had been previously corresponding, Wallace thought Darwin might endorse the paper before sending to Charles Lyell. The letter has since been lost. Continue Reading
Two icons of evolution in South Korean textbooks are slated for revision by some of the textbook publishers. In aftermath of a report entitled “South Korea Surrenders to Creationist Demands” in the journal Nature published on the 5th of June, the changes have been met widespread coverage, criticism and retribution in the US media, including the Los Angeles Times.
Of the seven major science textbook publishers in South Korea, three have agreed to remove or revise references to horses, and six publishers plan to delete or change chapters related to birds−long-standing staples of the evolution industry further tarnishing trusted icons of evolution. Continue Reading
In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin set the world on edge by proposing natural selection as the natural law of evolution. The full title of the book is actually On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. For Darwin, natural selection is the “means” producing the origin of species−the evolution of species. Continue Reading