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At Edinburgh University nearly 200 years ago, Charles Darwin found the lectures to be “incredibly dull” and the thought of surgery “haunted” him. Much has changed, since then. The originator of the “God particle” concept is largely credited to Peter Higgs, emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh.
While Darwin eventually proposed “natural selection” as a natural law for evolution in 1859 in the publication of The Origin of Species, Higgs proposed the existence of a new atomic particle now known as the Higgs boson or the Higgs particle as predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics in the 1960’s.
Amazingly, Darwin’s enigma has continued to remain unresolved for more than 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.
Last month, Princeton University convened the largest international conference of leading origin of life scientists at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS). Representatives from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico and Japan joined American colleagues to for the purpose of unraveling the seeming persistent plague on biological evolution−the origin of life. Continue Reading
Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born this week on the very same day, February 12, 1809 –more than 200 years ago. Today, while both are honored on their countries’ paper currency, Lincoln on the U.S. five-dollar bill and Darwin on the English ten-pound note they were born into two different worlds, with two different destinies.
Lincoln was born in a one-room Kentucky log cabin. Darwin was born in a legendary estate – The Mount. Lincoln was destined to free the American slaves; Darwin was destined to intellectually free minds from a divine creation. Continue Reading
In January paleontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Belgium published a paper in Nature a new fossil record discovery that defies, once again, long-held theories on the dinosaur to bird evolution.
In Liaoning Province located in north-east China, the team led by Godefroit in cooperation with a research team from the Jilin University Geological Museum in China undermines the pivotal position of Archaeopteryx – the bird that was once thought to be the original or “first bird.”
Archaeopteryx actually means the “ancient wing.” Continue Reading
In June, long-time straight-laced British Darwinian advocate Richard Dawkins launched an attack on Harvard evolutionary biologist Edward O Wilson. Dawkins and Wilson stand at the pinnacle in the industry. Dawkins claims Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, is “downright perverse.”
Wilson is the senior biologist born in 1929 by more than a decade−Dawkins was born in 1941. As a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Wilson was awarded the President’s “National Medical of Science” award in 1976 by President Jimmy Carter and the “Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science” in 1994. Wilson has been the avant-garde within the evolution industry. Continue Reading
In the first edition of The Origin of Species in 1859, while Darwin mentioned the “Galápagos Archipelago” seventeen times, “finches” were only mentioned twice. Darwin never used “Galápagos” and “finches” together in the same sentence−or even in the same paragraph.
The Origin of Species written by Charles Darwin in the nineteenth century late remains one of the most influential books ever written. Of the original 1,250 first edition copies released on the 24th of November in 1859, occasionally one becomes available for purchase. Rare book collector Peter Harringtonn is selling a first edition copy for $ 249,556.13 through Abebooks.com.
The eventual buyer of this rare book should know at least 5 things The Origin of Species isn’t.
Just a month before Christmas, Charles Darwin had successfully launched one of the most notable effects on modern Western society with the publication of The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection on the 24th of November.
Even though all 1,250 copies of the first printing of the book were sold on the first day, by Christmas Darwin “found himself disturbed, even haunted,” in the words of Rebecca Stott in the book Darwin’s Ghosts, the Secret History of Evolution.
In The Origin of Species the giraffe was used as one of Charles Darwin’s most lasting examples of evolution. Darwin argued, that “by this process long-continued [natural selection] it seems to me almost certain that an ordinary hoofed quadruped [horse-like animals] might be converted into a giraffe.”
“The giraffe’, Darwin continued, “by its lofty stature, much elongated neck, fore-legs, head and tongue, has its whole frame beautifully adapted [evolved] for browsing on the higher branches of trees.”
Throughout the sixth edition of The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin used the giraffe as an example to illustrate evolution through natural selection. Since the nineteenth century, however, the unfolding of scientific evidence continues to undermine – rather than support – Darwin’s contention that the long neck of the giraffe serves to illustrate evolution.
Undermining evidence is found in the giraffe’s leaf eating habits, fossil record, anatomy, physiology, and genetics.