Posts Tagged ‘evolution’

Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief

In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than conflicts with belief systems, say scientists at our Milner Centre for Evolution.

Children visit to learn about evolution

The evolution workshop was held to celebrate the topping out of the new Milner Centre building

Children meet very hungry caterpillars to learn about evolution

More than 60 local children came to the Milner Centre for Evolution to meet creepy crawlies and learn how to use a microscope for an evolution workshop, held in celebration of the topping out of the new building for the Centre.

Dino-killing asteroid sped up bird evolution

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused the evolution of birds to speed up, says a study co-authored by Dr Daniel Field at the Milner Centre for Evolution.

Teach genetics before you teach evolution

Research demonstrates how to significantly improve secondary students’ understanding of evolution

Improve evolution education by teaching genetics first

Research from the Milner Centre for Evolution has demonstrated a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students’ understanding of evolution at secondary level: teach genetics before you teach them evolution.

“Last African dinosaur” discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil, led by the Milner Centre for Evolution, suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa.

'Last African dinosaur' found in Morocco

66 million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered in phosphate mine in northern Morocco

Promiscuity slows down evolution

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations

Promiscuity slows down evolution of new species

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations, slowing down the evolution of new species, says new research by an international team led by the University’s Milner Centre for Evolution.

Dawkins’ fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes

Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive ‘greenbeard gene’ that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others.

Dawkins’ fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes

Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive ‘greenbeard gene’ that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others.

Turf is cut for Milner Centre for Evolution

The ceremonial first turf has been cut to mark the start of building work for the Milner Centre for Evolution

Ground-breaking marks start of building work for new Milner Centre for Evolution

The ceremonial first turf has been cut to mark the start of building work for the Milner Centre for Evolution.

Bigger brains outsmart harsh climates

Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have shown that birds living in extreme climates have evolved larger brains.

Bigger brains outsmart harsh climates

Scientists show that birds living in extreme climates evolve larger brains to cope with demands of life

Genes linked with bigger brains identified

Links between genes & brain size will help to understand brain development & diseases like dementia

New genes linked with bigger brains identified

Researchers from our Milner Centre for Evolution have identified a number of new links between families of genes and brain size, opening up a whole new avenue of research to better understand brain development and diseases like dementia.

What do aliens look like?

Matthew Wills, from the Milner Centre, has written a Conversation article on what aliens could look like, based on what we know about evolution.

Researchers discover altruism is favoured by chance

Mathematicians may have found an answer to the longstanding puzzle as to why we have evolved to cooperate.