Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens.
A special gallery in London’s Kew Gardens allows the visitor to travel the world via the 800-plus detailed paintings of Marianne North, Victorian-era adventurer and botanical artist.
Males elephant seals dwarf their female counterparts.
The sexual selection of larger males may be driven by an abundance – not a scarcity – of females.
First published 150 years ago, this work is shaped by Victorian-era sexual and racial stereotypes. But at a time when other evolutionists stressed humanity’s uniqueness, Darwin emphasised our ‘lowly nature’.
A man of genius – but his ideas were not to the benefit of all humankind.
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Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton’s concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.
Governments will need to determine how best to allocate COVID-19 vaccinations.
When allocating resources, we prioritize members of the social groups we belong to, rather than including others in our allocations. This will determine how the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed.
W.E.B. Du Bois in his office at The Crisis in New York City, 1925.
W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
As editor of the magazine for 24 years, Du Bois featured articles about biology, evolution, archaeology in Africa and more to refute the rampant scientific racism of the early 20th century.
In the Pacific Northwest, even though there are huge variations in environment, the Douglas fir grows everywhere.
Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.
CRISPR isn't a tool to fix social problems.
The role of women in futuristic drama TV series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ makes references to Darwin’s writings on evolution.
In the television show ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Charles Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ makes a cameo — and its appearance makes a comment on how Gilead functions.
Darwin wondered: what if species change over time in response to their environment?
In science, we look at the evidence and try to find the theory that best explains it. And that’s what happened when it came to figuring out evolution.
Evolution has no final endpoint in mind.
If you go by editorial cartoons and T-shirts, you might have the impression that evolution proceeds as an orderly march toward a preordained finish line. But that’s not right at all.
Scrapping the idea of a species is an extreme idea – but perhaps a good one.
One reason for the likes of the anti-vaxxers movement is a misplaced faith in Mother Nature.
There is an urgent need to reconsider the importance of diversity. It is not a simple wealth. It is both a property of the living and an essential condition for its survival.
Generations of giraffes.
It can actually be very tricky to define a species, but in the 1900s, scientists found a pretty good way.
Scientists are now using evolution to create designer proteins for therapies and industrial processes.
Johan Jarnestad / The Royal Academy of Sciences
Nature doesn’t always make the things we need so three Nobel Prize winners figured out how to fast-track evolution in the lab to create medicines, biofuels and industrial chemicals for modern life.
Down House: the home (and garden) of Charles Darwin.
Was Darwin inspired by the tropical wildlife of his travels to discover natural selection? Actually, pigeons, worms and barnacles were far more prominent in his thinking.
Some of the ‘remarkable beetles’ Wallace collected in Borneo.
A. R. Wallace
An evolutionary biologist visits the remote jungle mountaintop where a little-known naturalist wrote his insightful paper about the mechanisms of evolution that spurred on a rivalrous Charles Darwin.
Harnessing the awe-inspiring living light and power of bioluminescent organisms could change the human world.
A stick insect in Borneo: variation and natural selection has resulted in insects with the astonishing ability to mimic features in their natural environment.
In this age of the pseudo-factual, its more important than ever to acquaint ourselves with the foundations of the scientific tradition, such as Darwin’s Origin of Species.