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How Did Charles Darwin Contribute to the Discovery of the Xanthopan?

Charles Robert Darwin is celebrated as one of the most outstanding British scientists. His works in Biology and his famous theory of Evolution helped transform how we understand the world and ourselves. But did you know that his theory ultimately led to the discovery of an exotic moth species? Charles Darwin received orchids from a …

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Why Can’t Monkeys Talk?

Some animals have gained the ability to talk through learning or training, like parrots and elephants. But surprisingly, monkeys and apes, the human’s closest primate cousins, remain unable to produce human-like speech. Many believe that their anatomy hinders them from talking like humans, but new research has disproved that idea.  Despite being anatomically equipped for …

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Will Humans Turn Into Crabs Through Carcinization?

Animals that live in similar habitats tend to experience events that would push them to evolve. While birds and mammals are both warm-blooded, they both evolved from groups that were not. But have you heard about the term carcinization? Carcinization is an example of convergent evolution where a crustacean evolves into a crab-like form. According …

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Charles Darwin ate many of the animals he discovered. Seeking out “birds and beasts which were unknown to human palate.”

Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects Scientists who eat the plants and animals they study are following in the tradition of Charles Darwin. During the voyage of The Beagle, he ate puma (“remarkably like veal in taste”), iguanas, giant tortoises, armadillos. He even accidentally ate part of a bird called a lesser rhea, …

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