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Gresham College: The Mathematics of Evolutionary Biology – Professor Sarah Coakley

The latter part of the 20th century saw a revulsion against classic forms of “natural theology” which was propelled as much by theological fashion as by secular scientific resistance. This lecture lays out a cautious case for the reconsideration of a new style of “natural theology”. It does so in the light of remarkable new …

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Vox: Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

You have your mom’s smile, your dad’s eyes, and the ear muscles of a Triassic mammal.  

American Museum of Natural History: Transformation: Dinosaurs to Birds

This spellbinding animation from the Museum’s new exhibition “Dinosaurs Among Us” traces the evolutionary transition from dinosaurs to birds.  

Cambridge University: Calls vs. balls: An evolutionary trade-off

Howler monkeys are about the size of a small dog, weighing around seven kilos, yet they are among the loudest terrestrial animals on the planet, and can roar at a similar acoustic frequency to tigers. Evolution has given these otherwise lethargic creatures a complex and powerful vocal system. For males, a critical function of the …

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Australian National University: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing

Critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics at this event entitled ‘Something for Nothing’. This video was recorded at The Australian National University on 10 April 2012. Richard Dawkins FRS is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the …

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AMNH: How Natural Selection Works

Through natural selection, living things have evolved over billions of years from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of organisms. “Life at the Limits” Co-curators John Sparks and Mark Siddall explain how over time natural selection leads to changes within populations, resulting in a wide variety of adaptations, behaviors, and other characteristics.  

Smithsonian Channel: The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit

Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?  

TED Ed: The evolution of the human eye

The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to a few quadrillion, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. How did these complex structures evolve? Joshua Harvey details the 500 million year story of the …

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Cambridge University: Fragile bones from physical inactivity since invention of farming

New research across thousands of years of human evolution shows that our skeletons have become much lighter and more fragile since the invention of agriculture – a result of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles as we shifted from foraging to farming.  

BigThink: Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence

Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence. He contemplates; “Some people think that intelligence is the crowning achievement of evolution. Well if that’s true there should be more intelligent creatures on the planet Earth. But to the best of our knowledge we’re the only ones.”  

Minutephysics: Evolution vs Natural Selection

Published on Jan 22, 2014 Minute Physics clarifies definitions on the topic of evolution and natural selection.  

Yale University: Discovering the Great Tree Of Life

The Earth is inhabited by millions of different life forms, and all have been connected through common ancestry in The Tree of Life. The Tree describes the diversity and interconnectedness of all living things on Earth. This video shows the current research that is being done to fully discover the Tree of Life. Produced for …

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BBC: Rise of the Animals Triumph of the Vertebrates | David Attenborough | Evolution in Reverse

David meets a macaque monkey to explore the amazing origins of our colour vision; a surprising re-evolved trait allowing primates to seek out the ripest fruit.  

UCLA: The Spark of Life: Darwin and the Primeval Soup

New research shows that life probably arose on Earth almost four billion years ago, at a time when the planet’s surface was pounded by huge waves and tides, and periodically devastated by volcanic eruptions. In this talk hosted by The University of California, the authors of “Spark of Life”, UCSD’s Jeffrey Bada and Christopher Wills, …

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Scott V. Edwards: Birds; Evolution and Innovation in a Changing World

In this talk Scott V. Edwards who is a professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University will celebrate the remarkable 100 million year history of birds and describe the imprint of ancient innovations, such as feathers and flights, on many aspects of avian biology, right down to their DNA. He will then describe …

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CARTA: Is the Human Mind Unique?

In this session with several talks hosted by The University of California and CARTA several prominent individuals seek to answer the question; Is the human mind unique? Cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans include humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. In these compelling talks, emphasis is placed on …

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Richard Dawkins: Why the Universe Seems so Strange

In this talk at TED, Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for “thinking the improbable” by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe. Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange [KGVID width=”720″ height=”400″]http://www.ourprg.com/Video/RichardDawkins_2005G-480p-en.mp4[/KGVID]

UCLA: CARTA: The Evolution of Human Nutrition

Tracing the evolution of the human diet from our earliest ancestors can lead to a better understanding of human adaptation in the past. It may also offer clues to the origin of many health problems we currently face, such as obesity and chronic disease. University of California presents; Steven Leigh (Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) …

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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way. Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? [FMP width=”720″ height=”400″]http://www.ourprg.com/Video/JuanEnriquez_2012S-480p-en.mp4[/FMP]

Robert Full: Engineering and evolution

Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills — but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what’s necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals’ tricks.