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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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16 February 1999 6:00 pm
is the birthday of Ernst Haeckel, a German zoologist and evolutionist born in 1834 who was a proponent and popularizer of Darwinian evolution.
Haeckel studied the one-celled protozoan group Radiolaria and noticed they often have crystalline structures in their cells, leading him to propose--incorrectly--that the earliest life-forms arose by a sort of crystallization from inorganic matter. But he speculated correctly, as early as 1866, that the cell nucleus was concerned with inheritance.
After reading Darwin's theories, Haeckel lectured on evolution to scientific and lay audiences for years. He set forth, in popular writings, his own idea that evolution provided a unified explanation for all of nature, and drew up a human ancestral tree to show man's descent from other animals. Haeckel died in 1919.
[Source: Britannica Online]