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Water-colour portrait of Charles Darwin painted by George Richmond in the late 1830s.

Evolutionary biology 101

... it work? And how has our view of evolution changed from Darwin to DNA sequencing? Steve Jones, from university ... need to find a mate and have offspring, so there is what Darwin called ‘sexual selection’. If you have genes that ... no eye at all, or 49% of an eye”. Will - And what was Darwin’s role in the history of evolution? Steve - First of ...

Big Bird

Watching a new species evolve

... species.    On the 15th of September 1835, Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands. This was part of ... different from each other. These birds, now called “Darwin’s finches” helped him understand how one original ... nets” in order to capture and study the populations of Darwin’s Finches on the island. One of the birds they ...

Cepaea nemoralis: Grove Snail or Brown Lipped Snail. Dormant pair on a tree trunk in Gamlingay Wood, Cambridgeshire, England, illustrating the variation in colouration of banded morphisms.

Evolution in action: the polymorphism paradox

Darwin’s theory of evolution underpins all of biology from ... up by a phrase first coined by Herbert Spencer and used by Darwin in later editions of ‘On the Origin of Species’ ... Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 8: 109‐143 Darwin’s theory of evolution underpins all of biology from ...

From textbooks, to peer reviewed papers...

Steve Jones - The Selfish Gene at 40

... books really writing about Neo-Darwinism, trying to get Darwin's ideas about natural selection along with genetics ... on that. I'm certainly not putting Dawkins up at the Darwin level. I don't think he would either. He's a ... that's the problem. It's a very old problem. I go back to Darwin again. My favourite quote from Darwin which really ...

Evolution, ape skeletons. Gibbon now shown at natural size.

Survival of the least unwell

In 1859 Charles Darwin published “ On the origin of species ”, arguably ... is, essentially, hedging its bets. Five years after Darwin published his magnum opus, Darwin's contemporary, the biologist and evolutionist Herbert ...

Impact crater in Algeria

Did Life on Earth Begin in an Asteroid Crater ?

... A hole in the ground, full of water and heat really is Darwin's proverbial warm little pond, the ideal place for ... micro-organisms. Charles Cockell, Open University Was Darwin's little pool, where life began, in an impact ...

Dolphins

What makes a mammal?

... from? Liam - When people starting doing taxonomy after Darwin, which was based upon shared history and ... mousey thing. Liam - Yeah, precisely. For a century after Darwin, people were doing taxonomy on morphological basis. ... Liam - Yeah and I had a moment - that was actually in Darwin’s garden, I think - I was just wandering around ...

fish skeleton

Evolution of the Skeleton

Since Darwin’s time scientists have been studying a type of fish ...

The Red Queen's race

Evolution Through the Looking Glass

Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is one of ...

Advertisements in New York

Coming to a billboard near you: self-evolving adverts

... able to create self-evolving adverts inspired by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Visar Shabi works on genetic ...

Artibeus watsonii bat

Evolution through bat's eyes

Darwin did the hefty lifting when it came to explaining the ...

Graffiti sperm

Why have sex?

... male and just makes all female progeny.  Georgia - Key to Darwin's theory of natural selection is survival of the ...

anne jones bearded lady poster

Why don't women have beards?

... is to do with sex or selection. This is the second of Darwin's great mechanisms, that selection doesn't just work ...

Ant evolutionary conundrum

... It is a conundrum that was already realised by Charles Darwin. Chris - How do we think this came about then? What's ...

Great Tit at bird feeder

UK Great Tit: Why the long beak?

... genes that is also associated with beak shape variation in Darwin’s finches. So this was what led us to think that ...

The image shows a field at sunset.

Thieving grasses skip evolution

... our understanding of the theory of evolution. The basis of Darwin’s theory is that all life descends from a common ...

Hearts

What is the purpose of sexual reproduction ?

... are more likely to be passed on. This is the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution and the mechanism by which it ...

The peppered moth.

The Evolution of the Peppered Moth

... a huge difference between somewhere like Galapagos, where Darwin made many of his observations, and 'us'.  By 'us' I ...