This past January, Science launched a new blog to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Called Origins, the blog has featured news stories on the latest evolution research, essays by prominent writers, and coverage of Darwin-themed events worldwide. If you haven't read Origins recently, here's some of what you've been missing:
A small group of "paleoartists" spend their days creating lifelike models of our ancestors and close relatives for museum displays, magazine covers, and documentaries. You can learn more about these artists and the stories behind their creations, including a Neandertal named "Wilma," here.
In Victorian England, biologist Thomas Huxley battled to promote the theory of evolution so fiercely that he was sometimes called "Darwin's bulldog." Now, a new play follows Huxley throughout his fight, highlighting vicious debates with adversaries opposed to evolution.
In this month's Origins essay, we take a look at how nervous systems got started. What did the first neurons look like, and what advantages did they confer on the animals that possessed them? These were questions the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, was ill-equipped to address.
The latest survey to take the pulse of the public debate on evolution suggests that a majority of people see nothing wrong with believing in a god and accepting Charles Darwin's work. The survey asked more than 10,000 adults from Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States about their knowledge and acceptance of Darwin's theory of evolution. See the results here.
And finally, how did Darwin kill the werewolves? Find out here.
The Origins staff updates the blog several times per week, so be sure to visit frequently for the latest on Darwin, evolution, and all things in between.