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DARWIN LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES! How did we come to be here? Answers to this question have preoccupied humans for millennia. Scientists have sought clues in the genes of living things, in the physical environments of Earth – from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean, in the chemistry of this world and those nearby, in…

Behold the Mammoth

As you may remember, a beautiful mammoth fossil was discovered in Serbia a couple of months ago. I promised I’d try to go and see it myself on my recent trip to Belgrade. And I did get to see it. But the story is more fun than just that…. First, I tried to get in…

The Food hypothesis of human evolution was developed by Richard Wrangham, author of “Catching Fire”. It was covered recently by my sciblings, including Erin, Razib and Ethan. It was also the topic on last week’s Bloggingheads.tv. But now, you can hear the interview with Wrangham on the World Science podcast, then go over to the…

Another super-cool day at PLoS (one of those days when I wish I was not telecommuting, but sharing in the excitement with the colleagues at the Mothership) – the publication of a very exciting article describing a rarely well-preserved fossil of a prehistoric primate in a lineage to which we all belong as well: Complete…

Are you up to date on the hot debate in biology regarding how genes influence evolution? Some scientists contend genes are in the driver’s seat. Others assign more pull to regulatory factors controlling genetic expression. At noon, Wednesday, May 27, come hear Duke biologist Greg Wray explore the importance of it all in a talk…

The Evolution of Peeps

It is really sad when an independent book store closes. It is even sadder when that book store was not just a shop but also a center of local community, a place where people gathered to have coffee, talk, interact with boook authors, take art or yoga classes, participate in theater or children’s activities. But…

Last Extinction on PBS

Check out the show’s web page: Fifteen thousand years ago North America was like the Serengeti on steroids, with mega-creatures roaming a continent teeming with incredible wildlife. But then, in a blip of geologic time, somewhere between 15 and 35 magnificent large types of animals went extinct. In a television exclusive, NOVA joins forces with…

Carl has posted it: My review of that day…

From SCONC: Tuesday, March 31 6:30 p.m. “Life after Darwin: Are there still big discoveries to be made in biology?” NC State ecologist Rob Dunn continues the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Charles Darwin Lecture Series. Free lecture; doors open at 6. Museum of Natural Science, downtown Raleigh. Please RSVP to museum.reservations@ncmail.net. (Next in the…