Researchers at Cornell University may be closer to understanding what came first – bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specific behaviours.
How has music evolved so dramatically? We tread the tricky path from tape to techno…
This month the Lates is themed around ‘nature at its most extreme.’ Highlights include: Museum scientist Richard Sabin taking you on a gallery tour of the largest and toughest mammals in the world. A comedic take on the extremes of nature with the improvised theatre of The Wunderkammer, and hear from Museum experts. Chili peppers: Turning […]
Is the ability to lie convincingly a central aspect of (social) survival? Naomi Stewart dives into the evolution of the deceptive human nature.
Whilst our brains were designed by evolution to produce behaviour that was good for our ancestors, in today’s world we use addictive substances, eat too much, exercise too little and leave ourselves prey to ancient and emerging infections. To change such behaviours we need to understand the evolved causes of behaviour motives and habits in […]
If being confident has ever won you a job interview, or if you’ve ever accidentally stolen a pen from a friend, you might have evolution to thank or blame.
Continuing the Hunterian Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series is this talk by Jack Ashby, Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. The Grant Museum is one of the country’s oldest and best stocked natural history museums. Jack will tell its eclectic history, discussing both the highs ( museum’s controversial founder Robert Grant […]
The Darwin Day Lecture 2016 will be delivered by Professor Coyne, and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins. About Jerry Coyne Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Coyne received a […]
Anne Petzold finds out what happens when an evolutionary biologist teams up with a music informaticist
Our understanding of evolution via natural selection was not pioneered by just one person. A tribute to the remarkable Alfred Russel Wallace.
Pretty, but no match for monochrome – Emma Brown finds that coloured zebrafish are unlikely to survive in the wild
How was the code of DNA cracked? How did it confirm the theory of evolution? And why did life evolve the way it did? To celebrate their ground-breaking new books, Matthew Cobb and Nick Lane will come together to unravel the tangled story of DNA and answer the vital question: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all?
Reza Rezaei Javan investigates syncytins – viral genes that are essential for our survival
Evolution has gotten lazy and needs a prod. Wouldn’t life be so much better if it had more tentacles? Or imagine becoming a cyborg or having a prehensile face. We’ll talk about these scientific breakthroughs and hear what you have to say about the next steps for evolution. Your vote will contribute to our view of the future of humanity!
The sight of a little warbler feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished observers since ancient times. It was once thought that cuckoos were unable to raise their own young because of defective anatomy and behaviour, and so other birds were only too delighted to help them. This quaint view was overturned by Darwin, who suggested that the cuckoos’ parasitic habits were advantageous and that their host species were tricked.
The concept of information is fundamental to all areas of science, and ubiquitous in daily life in the Internet Age. However, it is still not well understood despite being recognised for more than 40 years. In this talk, Daniel Dennett will explore steps towards a unified theory of information, through common threads in evolution, learning, and engineering.
From the origin of life through to the development of language and culture, Charlotte Mykura explores the rise of human beings
Nam Cheah looks at the evolution of the hominoid diet
2015 Leeuwenhoek Lecture by Professor Jeff Errington. The cell wall is a crucial structure found in almost all bacteria. It is the target for our best antibiotics and fragments of the wall trigger powerful innate immune responses against infection.
Nicole Samuel discusses genetic trade-offs and where modern diseases come from
In the first online-only feature from I, Science Issue 30, Jess Norris finds out how our genes and environment – and our smell – affect who we fall in love with
“Where Did You Come From? From Genealogy to Genes … From Family History to the History of our Species “
Discover how cutting-edge scientific techniques such as laser scanning are helping Museum scientists study the 150 million year old stegosaurus.
From the ingenious to the ridiculous: Hannah Wilson describes startling super biological adaptations
Mutations are ticks on the molecular clock, and can now be used to measure evolutionary distances
From tens of seconds to billions of years, the rate evolution has no rules …
A dancing young sea lion could be blowing the old theory of rhythmic entrainment out the water …
Perplexing, isn’t it? Homo sapiens, as a species, have made it. There are now over 7 billion of us swarming across the planet …
Ecological traits stay in species for millions of years, cause of the Larsen B ice shelf break-up and latest on effect of the ozone hole …
The challenge of studying long-dead species could have the surprisingly simple solution of museomics …