This category is for scientific sites about evolution in biology. Evolution is the process by which living things change over generations. Evolutionary biology is the study of how and why evolution occurs. An organism inherits traits from its parents through the genome. Mutations in these genes and/or the way they are read, or not read, can produce a new trait in the offspring. If a new trait makes these offspring better suited to their environment, they will be more successful at surviving and reproducing. This process is called natural selection, and it causes useful traits to become more common. The theory of evolution by natural selection was first proposed by Charles Darwin in his book “On the Origin of Species”, written in 1859.
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The TalkOrigins Archive
Provides a number of essays and articles on various aspects of biology and evolutionary theory.
Alec's Evolution Pages
Essays, articles, resources and links presenting scientific evidence for evolution and refuting creationist arguments. Demonstrates fallacies of Young Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design.
Beliefs of U.S. Public About Evolution and Creation
Presents and discusses the results of polls (from Gallup, About.com, and other sources) of various economic, educational, and religious groups about evolution and creation.
Derek Hough on Evolutionary Theory
Article by Derek Hough asserting that Darwin would never have believed in neo-Darwinism. He knew that the source of variety was the missing link in his theory.
Dinobuzz: Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?
Article examining the evolution of birds.
The Dinosaur Origin and Extinction
Essay by Svend Palm.
Provides a means for evolutionary biologists, population biologists and scientists in related areas to post and distribute information about jobs, meetings, news and general announcements.
The Evolution Evidence Page
A collection of articles about evolution, most of which deal primarily with human evolution, from a variety of sources. They include discussion of the anatomical, fossil and genetic evidence.
Evolution of Evolvability
This paper shows how evolution tunes the content and frequency of genetic variation to enhance its evolvability, organising genetic systems into hierarchies. Genetic evolution is neither random nor blind.
A tool for academic research in evolutionary biology and its associated controversies.
Web version of a book written by John Stewart about the direction of evolution and the future of humanity.
Evolution, Complexity and Philosophy
Hans-Cees Speel discusses evolution in biology, philosophy, artificial intelligence and memetics.
Supporting material for the "Evolution" TV series. Includes informative activities.
Evolution: The Panda's Thumb
One of the classic stories of evolution is the riddle of the giant panda's thumb.
Information on a book by Professor Jaroslav Flegr describing a variation on the theory of evolution, the frozen plasticity theory.
Article by Kathleen Hunt.
Introduction to Phylogeny
University of California Museum of Paleontology virtual exhibit explores the relationship of phylogeny and evolution.
Gene McCarthy, a geneticist, provides an in-depth discussion of macroevolution and its probable causes and, in the process, reviews the history of evolutionary thought.
Map of Life
Examples of convergent evolution.
A blog about evolution, creation and 'all that jazz', by high school biology teacher Scott Hatfield.
The Panda's Thumb
Group weblog on evolutionary theory, the claims of the anti-evolution movement, and the defence of the integrity of both science and science education.
Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense
Review and critique of popular arguments against the theory of evolution by natural selection.
Songbird Shows How Evolution Works
BBC News article about study on Himalayan songbirds that suggests how one species can evolve into two.
The Story of Human Evolution
An step-by-step explanation of natural evolution from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.
Unicellular Organisms: Origin of Life
Chapter from an online book entitled "A Review of the Universe: Structures, Evolutions, Observations, and Theories".
Vertebrate Flight Exhibit
Explores the physics of vertebrate flight, with particular emphasis on its origins and evolution.
Zen Philosophy and Adaptation via Natural Selection
Article by Vaclav Petr on this subject.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Genetic Signature for Darwinian Evolution
Article on research by geneticist David Moore and colleagues who examined the evolution of the cane toad's ability to resist its own deadly toxin. (May 20, 2009)
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