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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 ...

Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria)

Sponges push back date of first animals

... the week marking the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, scientists have solved a mystery that troubled the ... far back as 635 million years have turned up, vindicating Darwin's initial scepticism, but the trail to the origins of ...

Photograph of English Ivy (Hedera helix) growing on a red brick wall. The photo was taken in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by Derek L. Ramsey.

Ivy makes nanoparticles

... or disks, hundreds of micrometres long.  And as Charles Darwin first reported in 1876 in his monograph Movements and ... and how it helps ivy to climb, has remained unclear since Darwin's time.  Mingjun Zhang of the University of Tennessee ...

Galápagos Giant Tortoise

Giant tortoises not gone yet

... extinct Floreana Island tortoises are still with us. When Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 he was inspired ... are thought to have gone extinct within 15 years of Darwin's visit. What Ciccone and her team have discovered is ...

A jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California 2004

Jellyfish stirring things up.

... This was an idea first reported 50 years ago by Charles Darwin - grandson of famous author of On the Origin of ... out that up to 90% of the water movement came down to Darwin's theory and not because of a turbulent wake streaming ...

Fluid mixing behind Mastiagas jellyfish

The Jellyfish Effect

... researchers found that a theory developed by Sir Charles Darwin actually described the effect of these jellyfish quite well. Sir Charles Darwin was in fact the grandson of the more famous ...

Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks

How to fill the ark

... journal Ecological Economics, Kerstin Zander from Charles Darwin University in Australia, led a team of scientists who ...

Stanley Miller, 1999

Recreating life on Earth

... to create proteins.  This, he said, strongly argued that "Darwin's warm little pond" from which life sprang 4 billion ...

Michael Faraday in his lab, by Harriet Moore

Evolution seen on a laboratory bench

... more efficient.  This is the central tenet of Darwin's theory of natural selection, or survival of the ...

How Venus Flytraps Snap Shut

Charles Darwin called the Venus flytrap one of the most wonderful ...

Music to my ears: how language evolved

... mankind to perceive, recollect and mimic sounds. Charles Darwin, and many scholars after him, have suggested that ...

NMR structure of the central region of the human GluR-B R/G pre-mRNA, from the protein data bank ID 1ysv

Chemists cook up recipe for life

... simple way to make the other two bases. "Then we've got Darwin's little pond," says Sutherland.  Regardless of ...

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 ...