Top ten evolution articles in 2008
- Top ten evolution articles in 2008December 29th, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by
London, Dec 29 (ANI): New Scientist has made a list of the top ten
evolution articles that it presented in the year 2008.
So, the top 10 articles on evolution in 2008 are: -
How trees changed the world
e-world.html> : 450 million years ago, there was no such thing as a
tree, with few plants growing more than a centimeter tall. Between then
and now, things happened to give another dimension to plant growth and
to create the diversity we see today.
Reclaiming the peppered moth for science
red-moth-for-science.html> : The peppered moth used to be the textbook
example of evolution in action. Then, about a decade ago, creationists
began an orchestrated a campaign to discredit it - and with it the
entire edifice of evolution. Now biologists are fighting to take it
Uncovering the evolution of the bacterial flagellum
tion-of-the-bacterial-flagellum.html> : The whip-like tail of some
bacteria has become the cause celebre of the intelligent design movement
and a focal point in sciences ongoing struggle against unreason.
Evolution: What missing link?
ng-link.html> - The fossil record used to be thought of as a patchy and
unreliable record of evolutionary change. Today, that record is much
more dependable. When it comes to "transitional fossils" - those
that bridge the gap between major groups of organisms - we now have some
Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions
onceptions.html> - Evolution is perhaps the best known yet least
understood of all scientific theories. New Scientist presented the facts
behind common misunderstandings that have grown up around the concept.
Rewriting Darwin: The new non-genetic inheritance
-new-nongenetic-inheritance.html> - We resemble our parents and can
fall prey to the same diseases mainly because we inherit their genes.
Yet, there is another form of inheritance that does not rely on genes,
one that allows characteristics to be passed on that are acquired during
a persons lifetime.
The Ordivician: Lifes second big bang
-second-big-bang.html> - The Cambrian period, starting about 540
million years ago, is famous for the appearance of all but one of the
types of creatures we see around us today. Yet in terms of new species,
this period cannot hold a candle to a little-known explosion of life
called the Great Ordivician Biodiversification Event.
Vestigial organs: Remnants of evolution
<http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19826562.100> - From goosebumps
to wisdom teeth, vestigial organs have long perplexed biologists. What
was their original purpose and what happened to make them redundant?
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