evolution

This Is Why We Have Brains In Our Heads And Not Our Bums

Video: This video explains why our brains are at the end of our bodies in our heads. Evolutionary advantage led to sensory organs clustered together around animals’ eating ends and early brains developed. Only later did animals start to protect these assets with skulls and then develop other advantages such as jaws.


Top Five Misconceptions About Evolution, According To Science

Purdue University’s Ph. D. student Caleb Trujillo posted this infographic explaining the top five misconceptions about evolution — misconceptions that are believed by many to be true and widely used by creationists to attack evolution.


Why Do We Still Have Pubic Hair?

It’s a biological mystery that has perplexed humanity through the ages — especially in recent times when so many of us go to such great lengths to remove it. What useful purpose could pubic and armpit hair possibly serve?


How Our Early Ancestors Spread Far And Wide, Mapped

Over six million years ago, we split off from our common ancestor with chimps. But scientists have recently been finding fossils all over the planet that show that hominins diversified into a wide range of species away from their native Africa.


US TV Network 'Accidentally' Cut Evolution Out Of Cosmos

The Cosmos reboot was fairly generous as far as leaving room for religious interpretation goes. But apparently, one Fox affiliate station in Oklahoma City decided there was still just a little too much science talk for their liking, so they cut out the 15-second mention of evolution.


Scientists Find Striking Similarities Between Human And Dog Brains

It’s funny watching dogs do human things. It’s funny to watch them drive cars. It’s funny to watch them sit in chairs. But, seriously, new research shows that dogs actually are just like us. At least they are when it comes to processing voices and emotion — and, now, we have the brain scans to prove it.


First European Hunter-Gatherer Genome Reveals Blue Eyes Evolved Early

The first ever full genome sequence of a European hunter-gatherer has revealed that hunter-gatherers had far better immune systems that we thought — and evolved blue eyes way earlier than predicted too. The genome was sequenced from the remains of a 7000-year-old body found in a Spanish cave after DNA was extracted from its teeth.


A Simple Chart Shows How Dogs Today Evolved From A Wolf

How did we get from wolves to dogs of all sizes? How do pugs and chihuahuas and pit bulls and English bulldogs and German shepherds and so forth all come from the big Grey Wolf? Evolution! We domesticated wolves by adopting cubs and feeding them and slowly changing their habits. Over generations, the wolves changed and created a new species which we humans selectively bred (over-bred, probably) to exaggerate certain traits to perform certain tasks.


Evolution Doesn't Look Like What You Think It Does

There’s an iconic scientific image which depicts evolution, and it suggests that we went from monkey to man in six easy steps. The only problem is that’s kinda bull.


What Earth Would Be Like If Humans Had Never Existed

It’s one of those things you’ve probably idly wondered but never really lent masses of thought: What the hell would the planet be like if humans had never existed? Fortunately, this video tries to explain.