Lincoln vs. Darwin (Part 2 of 4)

Recently, someone here at Smithsonian asked: Who was more important, Abraham Lincoln or Charles Darwin?


Lincoln vs. Darwin (Part 1 of 4)

Next month we celebrate an odd double anniversary—the 200th anniversaries of the births of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin

Wallace saw signs of evolution by natural selection in Malaysian butterflies.

Out of Darwin’s Shadow

Alfred Russel Wallace arrived at the theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin and nearly outscooped Darwin’s The Origin of Species


The Year of Charles Darwin Ultimate Tour (Part 1)


I Thought Darwin Studied Finches

Disclaimer: enormous cranium notwithstanding, that’s not me in the picture

Evolving a Better Bank Balance


Pesticide Resistance: Harder Than It Looks

Hat tip to Bad Astronomy, who is currently on something of a lunar bender owing to Apollo 11′s 40th anniversary and an actual time-lapse, color video of the moon crossing in front of the Earth.

Fly Me to the Moon

Micro-Fossils Reveal Dinosaur Colors and Ancient Sea Life


On the Origin of a Theory

Charles Darwin's bid for enduring fame was sparked 150 years ago by word of a rival's research

Fossil Parrot Beats Monty Python by 55 Million Years


T. Rex Linked to Chickens, Ostriches


Our Cheatin' Heart

The pest in question, Helicoverpa zea, the bollworm moth

Dent Appears in Armor of Pest-Resistant Cotton


Super-Sized Scorpion

Wolf spider

Baby Food


Underground Munchies: Chimps Dig 'Em

Drawing from Insects of the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico

An Evolutionary Chase Scene Across Willow Leaves


Fred Spoor

The evolution scholar talks about a landmark new study challenging the classic view of human ancestry

The chimp with the most human-like gait and body type walked upright more efficiently than he knuckle-walked—a finding that study co-author Herman Pontzer calls a snapshot of how this evolution may have taken place. (This composite photograph pays homage to the iconic Evolution of Man.)

Walk This Way

Humans' two-legged gait evolved to save energy, new research says

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