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Book excerpt from The Wisdom of Birds

By Tim Birkhead | March 1, 2011

In Chapter 9, “Darwin in Denial,” author Tim Birkhead explains how Darwin’s failure to recognize avian female promiscuity resulted in a century of misconceptions about sexual selection

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2011

Asleep, The Restless Plant, Genetics of Original Sin, Disease Maps

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The Birds and the Bees

By Tim Birkhead | March 1, 2011

A recent book exposes what Darwin got wrong about sexual behavior in birds, and what his error tells us about the evolution of scientific knowledge.

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Losers Fight Back

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Editor's choice in developmental biology

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Book excerpt from Everyday Practice of Science

By Frederick Grinnell | February 1, 2011

In Chapter 3, “Credibility: Validating Discovery Claims,” author Frederick Grinnell details the difficulty in making discoveries that buck current scientific paradigms.

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Speaking of Science

By Not cited | February 1, 2011

February 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

Quirk, Darwin's Armada, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay, Elegance in Science

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The Evolution of Credibility

By Frederick Grinnell | February 1, 2011

The winding path that an interesting result takes to become a bona fide discovery is just one of the topics covered in this new book on the practice of science.

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Appealing Choice

By Erika Lorraine Milam | January 1, 2011

A book is born from pondering why sexual selection was, for so long, a minor component of evolutionary biology.

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Eau de Choice

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.

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