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Evolution book title?

I can't remember the title of a very thorough "defense of evolution" type book. It presented hundreds of arguments used against evolutionary theory and argued against them, usually only with a paragraph or two. It was large, detailed, straightforward, and non-polemical.
posted by blargerz on Apr 11, 2011 - 4 answers

The chicken or the egg?

Did the word "evolve" exist before Darwin came up with the theory of evolution?
posted by Glendale on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

resources on species selection

What traits can a group of organisms possess that an individual cannot possess (e.g. a ratio of males to females)? To put it more generally: in reference to units of selection, can you cite any examples of a whole being greater than the sum of its parts (particularly the sum of its genes)? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam on Apr 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for a chronologically sequenced, preferably animated, geographical map of human evolution

Looking for a chronologically sequenced, preferably animated, geographical map of human evolution [more inside]
posted by heylight on Mar 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Always a step ahead.

Why are arthropods the only animals with more than four legs? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 1, 2011 - 41 answers

Show an 8 year old how Africans evolved into Asians over time

Evolution: What would be a simple and clear way of explaining to an 8 year old how African people with dark skin, big eyes and curly hair turn into Japanese people with lighter skin, smaller eyes and straighter hair over X amount of years? [more inside]
posted by querty on Feb 22, 2011 - 28 answers

Is human-level intelligence only possible in land-based mammals?

Given enough time and the right circumstances, would it be possible for non-land-based mammals to develop human levels of intelligence? What about non-mammals, land-based or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 18, 2011 - 42 answers

[Book filter] Seeking a decent primer on natural history - the big bang through to humans

Can you help me find a decent primer on natural history, from the beginnings of grey matter and the start of the universe, through to the present - including the evolution of humans? [more inside]
posted by mrme on Jan 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Pop Science/History like Botany of Desire?

What are some good books about the history or evolution of different plants or animals? Overblown metaphor aside, I really liked Michael Pollan's 'The Botany of Desire' and would be interested in learning the history of other domesticated plants like roses or oranges. Or books on evolution that get into things like insects or whales.
posted by Caravantea on Jan 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Science is all LIES

How do I gently but firmly steer a very misguided 14-year-old to respect science? I'm not a teacher, but I am in a mentoring role and feel I owe it to her to try. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 5, 2011 - 51 answers

"Guys, other teachers may glossed over this evolution thing, so today..."

What's the best way to financially support of evolution education in Kansas? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 30, 2010 - 5 answers

What website will give the last common ancestor of two species?

Is there a website out there where I can enter the names of two species and be given the approximate date when their last common ancestor lived? Bonus points if it tells me what sort of species this ancestor probably was, and for showing me the part of the tree of life relating to these species. Thanks!
posted by chorltonmeateater on Sep 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Can't remember, need help: Work of fiction about evolution

Can't remember, need help: Work of fiction about evolution [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Sep 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Bodies? We don't need no stinkin' bodies.

What sci-fi or dystopian (or even utopian) stories of the future involve a form of humanity that has outgrown the need for any corporeal manifestation in favor a completely cerebral existence? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease on Aug 30, 2010 - 40 answers

Empathy Outside the Species

Why do species feel empathy and aesthetic attraction (non-sexual) toward members of other species? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Aug 26, 2010 - 19 answers

It's ALIVE! and it thinks (coding DNA and Neural Nets for fun)

Amateur coder looking to make a "toy" Neural Net and also genetic/phenotypic DNA evolution/breeding system for a "virtual pet" game. Any tools that can make this approachable for me, preferably in Python? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Aug 20, 2010 - 7 answers

“Does natural selection evolve things to perform healthily?”

“Does natural selection evolve things to perform healthily?” [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke on Jul 26, 2010 - 32 answers

Who wrote this passage about sea water and cytoplasm

Please help me find a (pre 2005) science book about the evolution of life. In one small section it covered the chemical composition of sea water and its similarity to the cytoplasm of mammalian cells. [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jul 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Who is out there pushing the limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering?

Who is out there pushing the whimsical/impractical limits of plant and animal artificial selection/domestication/bioengineering? Since reading about Belyaev's domesticated foxes, I'm curious to know about other ambitious programs where the desired end-product is less "stepwise cosmetic refinement" and more "3-foot-tall playful house-giraffe." [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 28, 2010 - 11 answers

I did do school biology, but...

Pretty much every cell in a organism contains the DNA for that whole organism. How does a mutation in one cell pass on so that it becomes part of the DNA of every cell or actually affects a characteristic in that organism or its child?
posted by westerly on Jun 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Is this zoo statement about tree branches (and apes) true?

What's the real reason apes evolved to move through trees using arms rather than legs and a tail; why do they swing rather than jump? Surely not because "a tree branch can hold more weight above than it than below it" (as purported by a suspect sheet of "fun facts" at the zoo). [more inside]
posted by theDTs on May 28, 2010 - 21 answers

Why only one abiogenesis?

Why is it assumed that all forms of life evolved from a single common ancestor, instead of any number of different instances of abiogenesis?
posted by shakespeherian on Apr 8, 2010 - 25 answers

I'm not educated but I'm not slow.

I'd like to watch a good educational film about the development of early man. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Dec 15, 2009 - 9 answers

It's fun when they are fetching, and agree to see an etching, that you keep at your lily pad...

What happens to slimy amphibians during a drought? Do they shrivel up and die? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Dec 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Symmetry yrtemmyS

Evolutionary Biology Filter: Why are we symmetrical? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Dec 7, 2009 - 18 answers

the ---- effect

What is the name of the effect, in evolutionary biology, whereby acquired behavioral characteristics that lead to reproductive fitness can result in the selection of predispositions toward acquiring these characteristics? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Dec 7, 2009 - 7 answers

So now I'm a hottie?

Why does it seem like men are more desirable when attached (married or taken), particularly when you are with that person? (expl. inside) [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Nov 9, 2009 - 30 answers

What's not working yet in the Theory of Natural Selection?

When current/recent SCIENCE challenges Darwin, what does it say? I'm a layman interested to hear what not-Creationist, not-ID, not-paranormal challengers (or boundary-pushers) to natural selection might be exploring these days, explained for general readers… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Nov 6, 2009 - 18 answers

Why do baby teeth come in in the order they do?

Why do baby teeth come in in the order they do? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Oct 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Damn cold around these parts...

What was grandpa doing in the ice-age? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Aug 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Tools That Make Other Tools

How did we go from basic rough hand tools to the point of having really precise tools? Specifically, how do you make a better tool from the ones you have on hand? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Aug 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Getting our rocks off for four billion years

Can anyone recommend a good book about the evolution of sexual reproduction? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jul 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?

I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Jun 30, 2009 - 21 answers

The County Formerly Known As...

Is there a word or term that expresses the following concept more accurately than "rename"? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jun 17, 2009 - 25 answers

Where are the ear-shaped microphones?

Ears have evolved over many many years to be perfect for us to hear with. Why have I never seen an ear shaped microphone?
posted by devnull on Jun 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Time Cleanses Everything?

Let's say, 15 million years ago, some creature on Earth got a boost and started a civilization in the span of around 100,000 years, getting to a renaissance-level society - architecture, art, philosophy, basic science, but no titanium, steel girders, nuclear waste, etc. Would they have left any evidence that we could find, or would time destroy the proof before we got here?
posted by AzraelBrown on May 28, 2009 - 36 answers

If the caveman diet is sound, should, er, people from the savanna eat differently?

I'm interested in knowing more about the caveman diet, and the logic behind it. Does the reasoning behind this diet dictate that the modern Korean should eat differently from the modern Englishman? But maybe more importantly, is the reasoning indeed sound? Or is it pseudo-science? Is this really what evolutionary biology would suggest? If so, how much of it should really dictate what a modern human, Korean or English or otherwise, should or shouldn't eat?
posted by Busoni on Apr 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Breathe your oxygen Junior - it'll make you grown up big and strong...

All the big organisms on the planet need a healthy supply or oxygen, yet there are a myriad organisms at the other end of the scale that either ignore oxygen or are actively averse to it. How come none of our large scale creatures have come from this anaerobic stock? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Mar 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Advantages of vision defects?

Evolutionary advantages of far-sightedness and partial color blindness? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Feb 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Islam and Evolution?

I've recently started learning more about Islam, and it intrigues me. But I had a conversation today with my muslim boyfriend in which he was adamant that he can't be muslim and believe in evolution. I'm okay with agreeing to disagree, but it's got me thinking. I've known many muslims who are scientists, and who would take no issue with evolutionary biology - how do they reconcile the two? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Jan 13, 2009 - 17 answers

descent of gould

Science reading for the informed layperson. [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Dec 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Who said "every fossil is a transitional fossil?"

I'm looking for the origins and exact phrasing of the quote "every fossil is a transitional fossil." [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian on Dec 24, 2008 - 4 answers

The Evolution of Religion

Is there an evolutionary family tree for religions? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

The evolution man

Help me remember the illustrator's name who drew that original cartoon about evolution, which depicted the gradual transformation of a man starting as a monkey. [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Dec 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Why isn't the process of waking from sleep pleasant for most?

Why isn't the process of waking up quick and pleasant for most? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Nov 24, 2008 - 33 answers

Evolution, Thai style?

Tell me about the Thai image that shows an evolutionary progression from a rabbit to a general. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Nov 24, 2008 - 4 answers

The Missing Planimal

Why are there no species that implement both halves of the photosynthesis/respiration cycle? [more inside]
posted by DU on Oct 2, 2008 - 45 answers

Forget Creationism, we should teach _______ in public schools!

Is there an alternative to evolution or intelligent design? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Sep 28, 2008 - 63 answers

What is the time scale of linguistic evolution?

Generally speaking, how long does it take for a root language to evolve into mutually incomprehensible offshoot languages? Or, conversely, how long would languages with a common root be understandable to one another's native speakers? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Aug 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Why do we have fingernails and toenails?

Fingernails and toenails, why? They are a constant annoyance to keep clipped, and for women to do their polish and stuff. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels on Aug 3, 2008 - 23 answers

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