A Creationist Schism Is Tearing Apart A Christian College

The evolution-creationism debate has returned to Dayton, Tennessee—the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial. Except this time, the venue is not a courtroom but a Christian college, where faculty members have resigned and students have mounted protests. The issue? Whether Adam and Eve were the progenitors of humanity. » 5/15/14 4:57pm 5/15/14 4:57pm

Science Is Finally Catching on That Female Promiscuity Is Natural

New anthropological research on human behavior has found that when it comes to sexual selection, females aren't merely passive objects of male competition, but actively seek out multiple partners as an "evolutionary strategy." According to science, we're all sluts. Who wants to heave the first "told ya so"? » 12/04/13 12:30pm 12/04/13 12:30pm

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the… » 11/15/13 4:50pm 11/15/13 4:50pm

Evolution is steered by aggressive competition between females

One of the classic images from evolutionary theory is of two males smashing each other up to compete for the chance to fertilize a female. Scientists have spent over a century studying this kind of male competition, but new discoveries reveal that competition between females is just as important. » 11/11/13 4:42pm 11/11/13 4:42pm

Evolutionarily Speaking, Monogamy Isn't All That Romantic

We learned a lot about monogamy in mammals this week, specifically, that it evolved because it's good for the health of the species, which is usually why things evolved. Exactly how that works, however, is still up for debate. Is it because there's so much space on earth and males had to pick a lady to make sure they… » 7/30/13 11:30am 7/30/13 11:30am

The rise of the evolutionary psychology douchebag

They believe that certain groups of people are inherently smarter than others. They write books about how rape is a natural part of human evolution. And now, with another scandal rocking the world of evolutionary psychology, we can officially welcome a new breed of mad scientist into the spotlight: evopsych douchebags. » 7/12/13 4:44pm 7/12/13 4:44pm

Did men create menopause by chasing after younger women?

From an evolutionary perspective, human menopause doesn’t make a lot of sense. Searching for an explantion for this somewhat uniquely human process, a group of Canadian researchers used computer models to show that menopause is an unintended outcome of natural selection — and men's sexual preferences might be to blame. » 6/13/13 10:30pm 6/13/13 10:30pm

Humans 100,000 Years in the Future Will Look Pants-Pissingly Scary

Hey, have you ever wondered what people will look like thousands and thousands of years after you've decomposed to dust and everyone has forgotten your name? Well, wonder no more — thanks to the magic of computers, we now have what one pair of researchers claims is a picture of how our great great great great great… » 6/10/13 4:00pm 6/10/13 4:00pm

Blonde Hair Exists Because Cavemen Were Transfixed by Shiny Things

In science's relentless effort to prove that we're all just extras in a sprawling Quest for Fire remake produced by aliens, anthropologists would like to remind us that men prefer women with blonde hair because blonde hair is rare and that's why cavemen liked blonde hair, which is how blonde hair became more of a… » 8/16/12 1:40pm 8/16/12 1:40pm

Way Too Many Americans Have Neither Seen Nor Read Inherit the Wind

It's Sunday, the day, if you believe in supernatural phenomena like a fairy that collects human teeth or a morbidly obese saint that delivers toys each winter to all the illegitimate children he fathered, that a patriarchal Old Testament God with a capital "G" gave up on making Earth out of intergalactic clay because… » 6/03/12 1:00pm 6/03/12 1:00pm

Cell Phone Data Suggests Female Friendships Drive Evolution

After analyzing the calling patterns of three million cell phone users — that's 1.95 billion calls and 489 million text messages — researchers found that "women's friendships in particular drive the process of finding a mate and supporting the next generation," meaning, essentially, that "women drive the evolutionary… » 4/20/12 10:45am 4/20/12 10:45am

Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real

Remember this summer, when Miss America contestants were asked if evolution should be taught in our schools, and everyone except for the pinko commie blue state beauty queens responded as though they were being interviewed for the position of news anchor on Fox & Friends, hemming and hawing as though they'd been… » 11/28/11 4:20pm 11/28/11 4:20pm