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'Creationism is not science' ?making the case for Darwin at UCL

Can the hold that Intelligent Design theorists have in America be broken by the evolutionists? Professor Michael Ruse, a leading American evolutionist, makes the case for Darwin in The Annual Robert Grant Lecture, "Darwin or Design? Reporting from the front lines of America's struggle over evolution", at the Grant Museum for Zoology at UCL (University College London) on 16th November. . In his pu...

Massive duplication of genes may solve Darwin's 'abominable mystery' about flowering plants

Researchers from the Floral Genome Project at Penn State University, with an international team of collaborators, have proposed an answer to Charles Darwin's "abominable mystery:" the inexplicably rapid evolution of flowering plants immediately after their first appearance some 140 million years ago. By developing new statistical methods to analyze incomplete DNA sequences from thirteen strategi...

Finding an answer to Darwin's Dilemma

The sudden appearance of large animal fossils more than 500 million years ago ?a problem that perplexed even Charles Darwin and is commonly known as "Darwin’s Dilemma" ?may be due to a huge increase of oxygen in the world’s oceans, says Queen’s paleontologist Guy Narbonne, an expert in the early evolution of animals and their ecosystems. . In 2002, Dr. Narbonne and his research team found the wo...

Darwin's famous finches and Venter's marine microbes

Although the Galápagos finches were to play a pivotal role in the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, he had no inkling of their significance when he collected them during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. . .. "If anything, this is just the beginning," says Gerard Manning, Ph.D., director of the Razavi Newman...

Fighting to keep Darwin in the classroom

Nearly a century ago, John Scopes was found guilty of violating a Tennessee statute when he taught evolution in his classroom. Though an appeals court later reversed his conviction on a technicality, the law lingered on the books, joined by later laws promoting "scientific creationism," and, most recently, "intelligent design." The battle to keep religiously based explanations of the history of...
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