Nature’s Evolutionary Gems

The following announcement is from Nature.

About a year ago, an Editorial in these pages urged scientists and their institutions to ‘spread the word’ and highlight reasons why scientists can treat evolution by natural selection as, in effect, an established fact (see Nature 451, 108; 2008).

This week we are following our own prescription. Readers will find at http://www.nature.com/evolutiongems a freely accessible resource for biologists and others who wish to explain to students, friends or loved ones just what is the evidence for evolution by natural selection. Entitled ’15 evolutionary gems’, the document summarizes 15 lines of evidence from papers published in Nature over the past 10 years. The evidence is drawn from the fossil record, from studies of natural and artificial habitats, and from research on molecular biological processes.

In a year in which Darwin is being celebrated amid uncertainty and hostility about his ideas among citizens, being aware of the cumulatively incontrovertible evidence for those ideas is all the more important. We trust that this document will help.

Comments

  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    January 4, 2009

    Wait. Something free from Nature? This is change we can believe in!

  2. #2 Gerry L
    January 4, 2009

    Don’t be so tough on them (Nature). Some of their articles are available for free. Also, when the issue on chimpanzee DNA came out and I couldn’t find a copy to buy, I wrote to Nature asking how I could buy one. They sent me 2 copies at no charge. And that was AFTER the deadline for requesting a free copy of the historic issue.

  3. #3 Leukippos
    January 12, 2009

    Have you read “Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life”?

  4. #4 Leukippos
    January 12, 2009

    Have you read “Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life”?

  5. #5 gems
    July 21, 2010

    In a year in which Darwin is being celebrated amid uncertainty and hostility about his ideas among citizens, being aware of the cumulatively incontrovertible evidence for those ideas is all the more important. We trust that this document will help.