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Questions tagged [evolution]

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations, and evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. The biodiversity of life evolves by means of mutations, genetic drift and natural selection.

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Does convergent evolution debunked the idea of nested hirearchies? [closed]

https://donotlink.it/xbNL This paper reports on incongruent gene trees in bats. That is one example of many. These incongruences are caused by just about every kind of contradiction possible. ...
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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

Although the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs is dated at ~66 million years ago there are a number of purported cave drawings that I've found online that (if verified and interpreted in a certain ...
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Do “Zombie bacteria” live for millions to tens-of-millions of years?

Sputnik News reports that researchers are finding a "subterranean Galapagos" including "creatures such as microbial life thriving at 121 degrees Celsius or 'zombie bacteria', which can reproduce or ...
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Are humans and chimps innately afraid of and attracted to reptiles or snakes?

Jordan peterson, a culturally popular psychologist, has made the following biological claim: Human beings and their closest biological relatives, chimpanzees, are innately afraid of and attracted ...
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Is the discovery of tuff amongst dinosaur fossils in Utah incompatible with scientific consensus about dating of the fossils?

A Creation Ministries International article makes the following claim about the multiple-local-flood explanation for the deposits at the Morrison Formation: The idea of many local floods might at ...
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Have coelacanth fossils younger than 65 million years been found?

In a Creation Ministries International article, they make the following claim about coelacanths: Paleontologists believed that coelacanths went extinct about 65 million years ago. However, in 1938, ...
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Were humans placed on Earth by aliens?

This 2013 Daily Mail article quotes the claims of the book Humans are not from Earth: a scientific evaluation of the evidence by Dr Ellis Silver. A U.S. ecologist has claimed that humans are not ...
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Is the human genome deteroriating? [duplicate]

http://m.pnas.org/content/107/3/961.full Thus, although there is considerable uncertainty in the preceding numbers, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the per-generation reduction in ...
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Are humans getting dumber? [duplicate]

According to many posts on the internet, humans are getting dumber. For example: People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests Our technology ...
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Are most christians evolutionists and most evolutionists christian? [closed]

I've seen this claim several times in the atheist community, as a pragmatic counter to the idea that belief-in-evolution is incompatible with Christianity. But is it true? Note that by "evolutionist"...
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Is the level of support for evolution decreasing in Europe?

The following three articles claim (or suggest) that the level of support for evolution (among the big public) (see wiki > level of support for evolution for definition) is decreasing in Europe. From:...
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Are new genes created through duplication?

In an creationist article, about molecular virologist, Dr Yingguang Liu, it says: Evolutionists commonly invoke ‘duplication’ as a way to create brand new genes. A copying error can lead to an ...
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Was there a general consensus from a Royal Society London meeting that a significant portion of evolutionary theory had to be rethought? [closed]

I have some relatives who ran across an article by Paul Nelson and David Klinghoffer. This article is about a conference the Royal Society in London held from November 7–9, 2016, called "New trends in ...
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Are Caesarian births having an impact on human evolution?

This BBC article claims that: The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. And that the evidence comes from a study looking at data over a 50-60 ...
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Did every signer of the Declaration of independence (US) said they believed that men and women were created?

According to this video, Mike Pence said: every signer of the Declaration of independence believed that men and women were created and were endowed by that same creator. Did they express such ...
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Are humans descended from chimp-pig hybrids?

Geneticist Dr. Eugene McCarthy claims that humans have descended from hybrids of pigs and chimpanzees: A 2013 Phys.Org article explained: he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting ...
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Did Patrick Matthew came up with the theory of natural selection before Charles Darwin?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Sutton thinks that story has it wrong, that natural selection wasn’t an idea in need of a “great man” to propagate it. After all his months ...
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Are red-heads going extinct?

There is a widely-held belief that there will no longer be humans with red hair in the future (sometimes cited by 2060 or 2100). For example, these Facebook groups: "Save the ginger kids, there ...
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Are the outcomes of evolution too improbable to have occurred in the Earth's lifetime?

Creationist site Creation.som cites a commenter who complains that biologists ignore his arguments: Then I try and help [evolutionists] understand the mathematics and logistics of creation and ...
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Is any money being spent on hunt for intelligent aliens or is it only for a habitable planet? [closed]

We often hear news about a new hunt for aliens with a new radio telescope OR to communicate with alien life form. First life form on our planet was a rare random event. Than all the following ...
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Did cats evolve meowing in order to manipulate humans? [closed]

My girlfriend told me last night that cats evolved meowing specifically in order to mimic the sound of a baby's crying to get us to feed them and so forth. Considering the meme of throwing shoes at ...
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Did Chinese philosopher “Tson Tse” anticipate key ideas of evolution 2500 years ago?

In his famous book Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru writes (p. 610, Penguin 2004 Edition, emphasis mine): As I have been telling you of Darwin's theory of the origin of species, it ...
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Would life not exist on Earth if it was one kilometer closer to, or farther from, the sun?

A lot of my friends (especially creationist ones) tell me that if planet earth was one kilometer closer to the sun, it would heat up too much and life wouldn't exist. On the other hand, if planet ...
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Are there any geological periods found on top of each other that have dinosaurs of that period with in them? [closed]

In diagrams, It is common to depict geological periods to be directly on top of each other with fossils of that period within them. When looking for evidence of this, I have only found examples of ...
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Did modern birds exist during the Cretaceous period?

In this article, creationist Dr Carl Werner claims that modern animals are found fossilized in the same layers as dinosaurs, which is evidence against evolution. Contrary to popular belief, modern ...
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Do marine invertebrates outnumber plants in the fossil record 19:1?

I found this claim in this Creationist YouTube video. 95% of all fossils are marine invertebrates. Of the remaining 5%, 95% are algae and plant fossils. 95% of the remaining 0.25% are other ...
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Are wisdom teeth disappearing?

I was sent an article (am a bit of a future evolution fan), entitled 5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving, from a website called "MentalFloss" - and as it is not peer-reviewed, I am a bit dubious of its ...
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Are humans the only species to have permanently enlarged breast?

According to this did you know? blog humans are the only species to have permanently enlarged breast. It quotes an article from the Guardian but the article does not contain that specific fact.
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Did the appendix evolve independently in marsupial and placental mammals?

According to this, the "evolutionists" believe the appendix to have evolved twice, independently. Incidentally, the appendix seems to pose other challenges for evolutionary arguments. As it is ...
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Is humanity becoming more genetically homogenous?

According to Wikipedia: The race of the future is a theoretical composite race which will result from ongoing racial admixture. That article presents two contradictory views regarding whether ...
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Does the time for evolution make sense? [closed]

It is claimed that there has been sufficient time for life to evolve on Earth from a Last Universal Ancestor into its present state, based on the current theory of natural selection. Is this true? ...
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Does speciation occur?

I am not questioning the theory of comment descent, but I am skeptical about the evolutionary mechanisms proposed for speciation. Have we ever observed in detail how speciation occurs? We can take ...
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Did the Lenski experiments result in additional genetic information?

In the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on Feburary 4, 2014, Ham claimed the Richard Lenski experiments added no new genetic data. He went on to show a clip from Dr. Andrew J. Fabiach, a ...
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Are the origins of Rh- blood unexplained by science?

Researcher Daniel Wilks claims: Blood type O is a universal blood type. Blood types are further broken down into two groups, negative and positive. This is called the RH factor. The RH factor is ...
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Are there no identical human bones found in any pre human fossil records?

From 15.00 minutes onwards in this video titled 'Everything you know is wrong' Lloyd Pye claims that there are no identical (or very close) bones found in any pre human fossil records and that there ...
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Can phobias be genetic, but created in one generation and not by natural selection?

I have seen this article floating around http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10486479/Phobias-may-be-memories-passed-down-in-genes-from-ancestors.html Pretty much they state that if a ...
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Is homosexuality primarily genetic? [duplicate]

It seems to me that, evolutionarily speaking, the fitness of a purely homosexual animal or human is much lower than that of a heterosexual one, and therefore would be strongly selected against. Thus I ...
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Does natural selection have less impact on modern humans?

This question is motivated by two other questions that hinged on this one but did not explicitly ask the question. Is intelligence declining due to the lack of selection pressure? Is human evolution ...
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Did/do women select for protectiveness in their mates?

This claim is made by Smuts and Gubernick: An additional mechanism shaping female preference for stronger mates could have been the increased survival benefits conveyed to offspring. Smuts and ...
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Do peer-reviewed scientific journals reject articles that propose intelligent design, regardless of merit?

Members of the intelligent design (ID) movement, when responding to arguments that journal articles don't support ID, claim that peer-reviewed scientific journals typically reject articles critical of ...
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How much traces lasting a million years would human civilization leave after perishing?

While there is a nice webcomic with a similar theme, I'm talking about a hopefully more reliable claim: The Science of Discworld alternates between chapters written by fantasy author Terry Pratchett ...
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Oxygen buildup in the atmosphere

It is commonly believed (or based on few evidences) that atmospheric oxygen built up because of extensive photosynthesis. I am skeptical about this theory that biotic factors are solely responsible ...
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Does the Catholic church accept evolution?

In his 2007 video 1st Foundational Falsehood of Creationism the YouTuber AronRa claims [Catholicism and Orthodoxy] have stated support of evolution and denounced creationism. Pope Benedict recently ...
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Is T. Rex more similar to sparrows than to stegosaurus?

From XKCD: XKCD comic 1211 claims that the anatomy of sparrows and T. Rex are more similar than those of T. rex and stegosaurus. While it looks like neither T. rex nor sparrows would be any good at ...
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Is there a disparity between the number of US schools teaching creationism and the population's desire?

Concerning Evolution and Creation being taught in public schools, is there a disparity between the majority opinion and the extent that each is taught? This web site says: Fifty studies were ...
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Is cancer a trade off to enable faster evolution?

In an interview on pop-sci magazine "The Scientist", Dr. Robert Austin from Princeton is asserting that: It’s a tradeoff, he says, for the rapid evolution our species has leveraged to become the ...
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Is Tehran suffering from a plague of mutant cat-sized rats?

Today, the local newspaper breathlessly reported on an unusual development in Tehran: TEHRAN has deployed snipers to fight an invasion of hyper-evolved "mutant rats", which officials say grew ...
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Do (some) Louisiana schools teach the Loch Ness Monster as evidence for creationism?

A came across this article on addictinginfo.org. It quotes from this article in the Scotland Herald, describing Accelerated Christian Education in Louisiana. I quote: One ACE textbook – Biology ...
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Does homosexuality preserve the species?

From The Huffington Post: For even without a causal link established between homosexuality and population management, the obvious reduction in population growth attributable to homosexuality by ...
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Are most people right handed, because they had to protect their heart?

In this thesis, the following explanation was given for why the majority of people are right handed: Primitive hunters needed to protect their most vital organ of the body (the heart), so their ...