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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,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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...
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Today is the birthday of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French paleontologist and philosopher born in 1881. He is known for his provocative writings asserting that humankind is evolving, mentally and socially, toward a final spiritual unity he called the Omega Point.
Teilhard made a major scientific expedition to Asia in the 1920s, contributing knowledge about the region's geology and fossil history, and helped discover the skull of Peking Man in 1929. Although he wrote much about mammalian paleontology, Chardin was also a Jesuit priest and received the most attention for the philosophical works he wrote in this period--The Phenomenon of Man and The Divine Milieu--published in 1955 and 1957 just after his death. Believing that Christian thought could be combined with modern science, Teilhard argued that humans will "evolve" a single global society.
[Source: Britannica Online]