Evolution Archive

Klebsiella pneumoniae

The Evolution of the Superbugs

In August 2016, a woman in her late 20s arrived in a hospital in Reno, Nevada, carrying a particularly deadly strain of the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae. The woman, who recently had traveled to India, and …

Homo naledi Resources

Our Homo naledi resource page has everything you need for a classroom presentation or project. We will periodically update this page with new resources as they become available!  If you have additional resources, please let …

Meet Lucy’s Cousin

Our understanding of human evolution changed dramatically in 1973, when the world was introduced to “Lucy”, the fossilized remains of an ancient hominin found in Ethiopia that lived some 3.2 million years ago. Unlike our …

Are We Suppose to Eat a Paleo Diet?

Fact or Fiction? The Paleo Diet is the Way Humans are Suppose to Eat The “Paleolithic Diet”, or “Paleo Diet” for short, is a dietary fad that has gained rather significant popularity over the last …

Viruses in the Human Genome?

Since we are in flu season, you are probably aware that viruses enjoy taking over our lives, but not all viruses cause disease. In fact, there are many different outcomes for a virus after it …
Rosetta and its comet

The Water of Comet 67P

Where did the water on Earth come from? The early Earth was a very hot, very dry place, but over time it accumulated water to form our massive oceans and lakes. For a long time, …

The New Dinosaurs

Already, 2014 has proven to be a golden year for paleontology, with several newly unearthed species having been revealed over the past few months. These include the small, feathered Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, of which we wrote of earlier  this …
T Rex fossil

Did All Dinosaurs Have Feathers?

It seems that the line between dinosaurs and birds is getting more and more blurred with each passing day. While birds and dinosaurs have been known to be closely related for years, Dinosaurs have always …
Rosetta and its comet

What Rosetta can tell us about life on Earth

On August 6th, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft reached the end of its 10-year journey: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a comet currently hovering in the distance between Mars and Jupiter. While Rosetta’s mission will naturally help scientists …
The Link Between Comets and Biology

The Link Between Comets and Biology

For several  months, Comet ISON was the center of attention in the scientific community, and for a good reason. After a journey that lasted almost a million years, ISON put on a spectacular show right …
human evolution timeline

Revisiting Early Human Evolution

What do Homo erectus, Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis all have in common? A recent study suggests that they may all be members of the same species.  An eight-year study of a set of fossils  …