Planet of the Apes Archive: March, 2012

New Fossil Showed Lucy Had a Swinging Cousin

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We’d leave them in the dust in the half marathon but they’d kill us on the uneven parallel bars. Scientists announced today they’d... Read more

Evolutionary medicine – Are some germs good for you?

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In last week’s issue of Science, a group of researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that mice raised with more bacteria were... Read more

When Big Numbers are Used to Confuse

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I’ve read that people are not well-equipped to intuitively grasp numbers in the billions. That’s why metaphors can be so helpful... Read more

DNA Reveals Lost Sweet Tooth of Cats, other Carnivores

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Sometimes evolution gives and sometimes it takes away. Cats have lost their ability to taste sweets, and dolphins lost the sensors needed to... Read more

Higgs’ View: The Real Reason People Doubt Richard Dawkins is an Ape

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The latest chatter in the evolution blogosphere is brewing over an unlikely contention that Richard Dawkins is not an ape. Professor Dawkins... Read more

Published ESP Experiment Debunked. What Would Michael Faraday Say?

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I’m reading a series of famous “Christmas” lectures by English physicist/chemist Michael Faraday. The year is 1860 and Faraday... Read more

Higgs the Cat Guest Posts on The Evolution of Good and Evil

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Several news items about animal behavior caught Higgs’ attention recently. He’s asked for a chance to comment: Higgs: It never... Read more

Evolution Under a Temperamental Sun

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Here's the evolution column that ran in the Inquirer this morning: By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER You didn’t need to be a solar... Read more