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 …

Tapirs of Belize

What is a Tapir? The Central American Tapir (Tapirus bairdii), also known as the Baird’s Tapir or Mountain cow, is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America.  They superficially resemble large pigs, with mature adults …

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 …

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 …

Science News Update: May 17th

Our Science News Update for May 17th New Semi-Synthetic Organism All life on earth is made of four basic nucleic acids: adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine, which are often known by the respective letters A, …

Science News Update: May 2nd

Science News for the Science Classroom Earliest Ancestor of Land Herbivores Discovered Eocasea martini never ate plants. At only 20 centimeters long, the 300-million year old synapsid- an ancient ancestor to today’s mammals- was entirely …