Evolution is the topic of the day!

I read many stories about evolution, usually on a daily basis. Most of the time, it is just out of personal interest and the pursuit of personal development. Too often, I forget that when I find good articles on evolution, I should share them with you!! Science isn’t usually about grabbing headlines, shocking readers, etc…It is about discovering the truth. But, I have been collecting a few articles about evolution, and have decided that today is the day! Enjoy.

Some slender Australian lizards called skinks have gone from being five-fingered to legless (like most snakes) in just 3.6 million years, a new study finds. That’s a blink of an eye in geologic time…

[Click the link for moreEvolution in Action: Lizards Losing Limbs | LiveScience]

There are many battles in the scholastic world to discredit evolution, and try to make the public believe that scientists disagree on evolution, and there is a growing movement towards intelligent design. One of the biggest battle zones is Texas. Turns out that a recent survey in Texas had 99% of the science professors that replied discrediting intelligent design! Pretty big consensous there! More evidence that the intelligent design movement is bullshit!

It reveals the results of a survey sent to biology and “biological anthropology” faculty members from “all 35 public universities plus the 15 largest private institutions in Texas,” in which they were asked to take the following taste test: evolution or intelligent design?… [Dallas – Unfair Park – It’s Science: Ninety-Nine Percent of Texas Science Professors Surveyed Don’t Believe in Intelligent Design]

Here is an interesting article of the merging of data that geological phemoninom in Africa triggered evolution in Hominins(humans and ancestors of humans).

[From Did The Planet’s Tectonics Trigger Human Evolution?]

And one of the founders of the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin is having his 200th birthday, and a web site is asking for you to go to their site and record a video of why you are Darwin. The site is called http://www.i-am-darwin.org/. Check it out!

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Older men are needed to save the Human Race!

Evolutionary fossil evidence is strong, but scientists are always finding new evidence to add to the mountain of data supporting evolution as the main force behind life on earth. Science allows itself to morph and be tested. That is a good thing!

One of the big pieces of the evolution puzzle are fossils showing intermediate steps in the evolutionary transition from fish to animals that walked on land. Sciencedaily.com is reporting a great fossil find showing that animals did transition from water to land. But, we all knew that anyway 😉 . I saw it on the Simpsons once…

[From Details Of Evolutionary Transition From Fish To Land Animals Revealed]

Here is another time line showing evolution of Zombie John McCain that I posted the other day! What a hoot!

zombie_mccain_evolution

If you are a (preferably) single older man, then this next story is for you! Apparently you are needed to save our species. As we age, we have more mutations in our reproductive cells, and if that mutation happens to help, you need to pass it on. So, in short, old guy, go out and procreate with a younger woman! We will thank you for it many generations from now…

[From Leading geneticist Steve Jones says human evolution is over – Times Online ]

Nader states that Obama may become a War Criminal

Here is an interview with Ralph Nader on the state of the world. It is a good video! He says that unless Obama severely severs his ties with the Bush war crimes regime, he will go down with them…

All life on the planet is evolving as we speak, but scientists have witnessed a more exciting evolutionary phenominon, of a species of fish in Africa splitting into 2 species.

[From Scientists Discover Fish in Act of Evolution in Africa’s Greatest Lake : EcoWorldly]

Right after saying that, here is a scientist that says that humans have stopped evolving. The guy is smarter than me, but I simply don’t believe it!

[From Evolution stops here: Future Man will look the same, says scientist | Mail Online]

Do you know who Alfred Wallace is?

I think that most people have heard of Charles Darwin. But quite a few people have never heard of Alfred Wallace. 375px-arwallaceHe came up with the theory of evolution at around the same time as Charles Darwin. Check out the Wikipedia article on him for more information. Wallacian evolution…I don’t think it has the same ring to it, but I still think he should be given more credit for his contributions.

Another person, a writer by the name of Roy Davies has done a lot of research on the topic, and feels even more strongly about it than I do(which isn’t too hard to do, as I don’t give a rats ass really). Mr. Davies thinks that Wallace came up with the idea of evolution first, and that Darwin “stole” the idea. A bit of a strong accusation but he needn’t worry, as both Wallace and Darwin are dead, and unable to defend themselves…

[From ‘Mail-boat record ‘proves Darwin stole his original ideas from a Welsh scientist” by icWales – RichardDawkins.net]

But really, though it may make for good book sales, both Darwin and Wallace are the pioneers of evolutionary theory, and they both worked tirelessly their whole lives understanding what we today can clearly see. Isn’t it Newton that said that we stand on the shoulders of giants? True, oh so true…

Was Darwin worried that his ideas would be considered dangerous?

History and repeated scientific studies have shown how right Charles Darwin was with his study of Evolution, and the groundbreaking idea of Natural Selection. 200 years after his birth, and 150 after the publishing of The Origin of Species, there is still great trepidation to accept his theories, and battles to get the bible back into the science classroom. Here is an article of that point over at richarddawkins.net.

‘Darwin’s dangerous idea’ by TheStar.com – RichardDawkins.net: Here is a small part of the article re-posted for your enjoyment…

“… there is actually more resistance, especially in America, today than there was one, two, three or even six generations ago. Why is this happening? Why, despite the fact that creationism, along with its uptown cousin “intelligent design,” keeps getting expelled (as recently as 2005’s Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling) as non-science from science classrooms by some of America’s highest courts, while Darwin’s “theory” has not only never been disproved but has actually accumulated only more supporting evidence over the decades? Why, nearly 200 years after his birth, are people so afraid of Charles Darwin…

And how many North & South Poles do you think there are? If your answer is one, then read this article…

“The Earth has more than one North Pole”

Smoking cigarettes is one of the stupidest things humans do to themselves. With all the data on how they will kill you, people still puff away anywhere they can. Even in their cars with their kids inside. They are drug addicts. Plain and simple. I feel bad for them, but they need to help themselves. Here is a nice graphic timeline of what happens to your body after you stop smoking.

Stop smoking right now…