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Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?

By Bob Grant | September 14, 2017

Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.

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Chat With Charlie

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.

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iDarwin

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2016

A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.

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Finch Findings

By Jenny Rood | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2014

September 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Books on the Beagle

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 17, 2014

An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible. 

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Finch-Powered Fumigation

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 7, 2014

Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.

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Review: The Origin of Species

By Jef Akst | November 22, 2013

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute this week released three short films to teach students about evolution and speciation.

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How, If, and Why Species Form

By Axel G. Rossberg, Tim Rogers, and Alan J. McKane | November 1, 2013

Biologists have struggled for centuries to properly define what constitutes a “species.” They may have been asking the wrong question—many smaller organisms might not form species at all.

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In Chapter 4, “Darwin’s Barnacles, Agassiz’s Jellyfish,” author Christoph Irmscher describes his subject’s obsession with marine organisms.

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