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Why do we suffer from allergies? In an intriguing evolutionary tale that goes over centuries, our immune systems have learned to depend on micro-organisms to suppress allergic reactions. In a day of sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, they turn to other options.

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This age-old conflict runs deep enough for evolution to have acted upon it! [Image Credit: towntopics]

Why do women stop reproducing around the age of 50? Conflict between mother-in-law and daughter-in law could explain this to an extent, according to evolutionary theory.

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Aphids (Photo Courtesy: University of California)

For the first time, it is being seen that some insects – the ubiquitous aphids – might be able to photosynthesize. This startling discovery has left many questions in its wake, the most important one being – why do it?

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A huge island of pumice was found floating in the South Pacific, near New Zealand. How did this mysterious ‘orphan’ island form? And how is pumice intimately linked to the very origin of life on Earth?

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Homo rudolfensis skull [Image Credit: Ohio State University]

The discovery of a new human-like fossil suggests that our ancestral species might have had cousins of their own.

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A fossil of an ancient snake has been discovered which tells us that snakes evolved on land. This is the most primitive snake discovered till date.

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The Medusoid

Scientists have created an artificial jellyfish, using the heart muscles taken from a rat. The ‘animal’ was a silicone model of an eight-legged creature resembling a jellyfish. Welcome ‘Medusoid’ to the world.

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The skull of the A.sediba individual. Look at the white spot on the rock - that's the hominid tooth.

A very complete fossil – the most complete till date – of a hominid has been discovered in the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. What answers can this bony assemblage from 2 million years ago tell us?

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Origin of Species

The Creation vs. Evolution debate has brought about an unfortunate environment of fear and mistrust.

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The evolution-creationism debate has spread to South Korea. While the creationist side wants evolution expunged from school textbooks, the evolutionists’s side has struck back. Not so fast will evolution go off the academic platter.

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A thumbnail to support a movement. Does the word 'flimsy' come to mind? (Courtesy: Wikimedia commons)

The latest in the long line of attempts to subvert the well-established theory of evolution by the creationist movement involves the Loch Ness monster. By claiming the existence of this creature, the creationists are saying that Darwin was wrong. No, no, we aren’t joking.

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Lonesome George (Photo Courtesy: The Guardian)

The giant of the Pinta island of the Galapagos archipelago, Lonesome George, has died. This brings to end his entire species. RIP

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An extreme case of dwarfism lies written in bone as the remains of the world’s smallest mammoth is found on the island of Crete!

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Mutli-drug resistant TB may be the new killer! And this is just the beginning.

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Scientists have created artificial DNA, which is like DNA, but not quite! What more, they have even managed to observe the evolutionary pattern in them – and they turn out to be Darwinian in nature.

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