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Nature’s “Evolution Gems”

Some of you may already have seen this (for example, PZ has mentioned it), but Nature has put together a short PDF document that gives fifteen lines of “evidence for evolution by natural selection” [here]. Here’s the list (stolen from PZ):

Take a look at the original document (and PZ’s linked postings above). You can also actually download the original articles via the PDF.

I’d like to point out, however, that some of the “gems” don’t actually provide much evidence for natural selection as a mechanism for evolution. They do instead offer strong evidence for the fact of evolution and the pathway through which organisms have traveled over time.


  1. #1 Roberta Millstein
    January 3, 2009

    Fantastic! Remember I was asking you about an article just like this, not too long ago? Woo-hoo! I’m definitely going to use this in my classes.


  2. #2 John Lynch
    January 3, 2009

    I’d forgotten …

    Glad it works though.

  3. #3 Roberta Millstein
    January 3, 2009

    Well, thanks for posting it. Glad to see you blogging again.

  4. #4 Cameron
    January 3, 2009

    Indohyus was not “an ancestor to whales” – for one thing it was roughly contemporary with archaeocetes such as Rodhocetus.

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