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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2013, 03:40:59 PM »
Wow! I just discovered this section, a treasure chest of information.

Tank you must have spent a lot of time in the process of assembling this. Thanks much. It is appreciated.
Thank you. It did take a while over a period of a few months of gradual addition and it started at the Richard Dawkins Forum (RDF) when I was a member and moderator there. That closed and via a couple of other forums I ended up here, so it tagged along like a little puppy  ;D
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2013, 02:48:29 AM »
Tank, these are brilliant!

http://cnx.org/content/m17804/latest/ is one I found recently which summarises all the names for the different eras involved which is something I personally struggle with.

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2013, 12:42:34 PM »
First Life with David Attenborough

Episode 1 Arrival
Episode 2 Conquest

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David Attenborough's First Life is told with stunning photography, state of the art visual effects and the captivating charm of the world's favourite naturalist. It was first broadcast as a two-part series in the UK on BBC Two in November 2010, and as a two-hour special by Discovery Channel in the US. It is now being shown by broadcasters around the world, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Interesting insights into early complex life.
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2013, 02:22:34 AM »
A good graphic illustration of the history of the planet.

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2013, 05:29:04 AM »
Notice the jackalope and the flying spaghetti monster emerging from his shell in the back of the pickup?

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2013, 09:56:10 PM »
Added to the museum guide

Arizona Museum of Natural History The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 billion years ago to the present. See the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals. In Dinosaur Hall, discover some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. In a Walk through Time, explore ancient Arizona’s Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly.
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2013, 01:25:38 PM »
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Alfred Russell Wallace deduced the application of natural selection to evolution independently of Charles Darwin. While Darwin  deduced natural selection to be the 'engine' of evolution some 18 years before Wallace he did not publish his thoughts. It was only when he received a paper from Wallace in 1858 that Darwin's friends convinced him to publish or see all his own work go to waste.

The text of the joint paper, presented without Wallace's knowledge, can be read here The 1858 Darwin-Wallace paper.
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2013, 02:15:31 PM »
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Alfred Russell Wallace deduced the application of natural selection to evolution independently of Charles Darwin. While Darwin  deduced natural selection to be the 'engine' of evolution some 18 years before Wallace he did not publish his thoughts. It was only when he received a paper from Wallace in 1858 that Darwin's friends convinced him to publish or see all his own work go to waste.

The text of the joint paper, presented without Wallace's knowledge, can be read here The 1858 Darwin-Wallace paper.

Wallace was quite a character, and early proof that you can fervently believe in evolution and God simultaneously!
 

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2013, 02:41:53 PM »
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Alfred Russell Wallace deduced the application of natural selection to evolution independently of Charles Darwin. While Darwin  deduced natural selection to be the 'engine' of evolution some 18 years before Wallace he did not publish his thoughts. It was only when he received a paper from Wallace in 1858 that Darwin's friends convinced him to publish or see all his own work go to waste.

The text of the joint paper, presented without Wallace's knowledge, can be read here The 1858 Darwin-Wallace paper.

Wallace was quite a character, and early proof that you can fervently believe in evolution and God simultaneously!
  I don't think he believed in the Christian God though, he described himself as a spiritualist and not Christian.   He was however a good socialist ;)

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2013, 12:16:12 AM »
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Welcome Trust Big Picture on Evolution
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)

I love this paper. I usually give point this article to people who do not study much about evolution, they just think they know it.  :P
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2013, 01:02:06 AM »
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"The Surprising Origins of Evolutionary Complexity" | Scientific American

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LAB-RAISED fruit flies are more complex than
wild ones because their sheltered environment
allows even disadvantageous mutations to spread.
This artist's conception contrasts typical wild fly
anatomy (left) with representative mutations that
arise in lab flies (right).

Image: Cherie Sinnen

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The human eye, Darwin argued, could have evolved from a simple light-catching patch of tissue of the kind that animals such as flatworms grow today. Natural selection could have turned the patch into a cup that could detect the direction of the light. Then, some added feature would work with the cup to further improve vision, better adapting an organism to its surroundings, and so this intermediate precursor of an eye would be passed down to future generations. And, step-by-step, natural selection could drive this transformation to increased complexity because each intermediate form would provide an advantage over what came before.

Darwin's musings on the origin of complexity have found support in modern biology. Today biologists can probe the eye and other organs in detail at the molecular level, where they find immensely complex proteins joining together to make structures that bear a striking resemblance to portals, conveyor belts and motors. Such intricate systems of proteins can evolve from simpler ones, with natural selection favoring the intermediates along the way.

But recently some scientists and philosophers have suggested that complexity can arise through other routes. Some argue that life has a built-in tendency to become more complex over time. Others maintain that as random mutations arise, complexity emerges as a side effect, even without natural selection to help it along. Complexity, they say, is not purely the result of millions of years of fine-tuning through natural selection—the process that Richard Dawkins famously dubbed “the blind watchmaker.” To some extent, it just happens.

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2013, 09:13:42 PM »
Sometimes a a picture can be worth well over 1,000 words.

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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2013, 10:00:34 PM »
Sometimes a a picture can be worth well over 1,000 words.


A good illustration of a commonly misunderstood concept.
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2014, 01:13:03 AM »
Added to the Guides.

Fossils Window to the past An excellent guide to fossils and fossilisation. Part of the University of California Museum of Paleontology (sic).
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Re: Evolution Resources
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2014, 11:29:50 PM »
^ Thank you Tank. That is another important resource.