By: Judy Evans
The Princess Palm is another of those palms that have their origins in the Mascarene Islands where they occur in coastal forests. Unfortunately in their native habitat they are almost extinct as the heart of the palm is regarded as a food delicacy. It is...
By: Judy Evans
The term ‘Areca Palm’ may be used to describe any number of plants within the genus Areca. The term is also used specifically for the palm, Dypsis lutescens (also called Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) which goes by the common names of Butterfly Palm or Golden Cane...
Why the human race is doomed to extinction
By: Ray Burke
Intelligent Extinction It struck me, while reading Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything” that we humans are really here by the skin of our teeth. Our ancestors have dodged every single extinction event going for millions of years. They bided their...
By: Judy Evans
The Dutchman’s pipe belongs to the plant genus Aristolochia, which has over 500 species. They are named for the quirky shape of the flowers which are for all the world like the old-fashioned Dutchman’s meerschaum pipe. The Aristolochia genus includes evergreen and deciduous...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Bioprospecting is a new term that describes the old process of finding promising biologicals for conversion from traditional or indigenous medicine to use in broader commercial medicine applications, often with great profit in exchange for little or no compensation. This is not a formal or...
By: Lea Miller
The lovely lavender flowers with the distinctive yellow spot may be attractive to look at, but water hyacinth is one of the most aggressive invasive plant species in the United States. The water hyacinth is native to South America, and was introduced to North America...
Assessing the future of human evolution
By: T. Scott Randolph
If we look at the history of human evolution, we can see certain patterns arise. Humans have gotten smaller. In the sense of a Neanderthal versus Homo Sapian. Our brains have gotten larger in comparison to body size. This has allowed us to make great...
Function of the digestive system in animals
By: Bruce Harte
Recently completed studies on dog health have identified the importance of using dog supplements to aid the canine digestive system. By first studying how contemporary life styles of pets and their owners relate to dog nutrition the these studies have shown that the digestive processes...
Biography: Charles Darwin
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Charles Darwin is most famous for his book Origin of Species, but his life consisted of numerous publications and scientific inquiries, many of which shaped modern biology and evolutionary theory. Darwin's Life Charles Robert Darwin was born in February 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, the...
Evolution Speciation Mutation Complexity
By: Frederick Couch
I think what we have here is a confusion of what evolution really is, how a species changes over periods of time, how species derive from a common ancestor, and why. Hmmm....where did that 'why come from?” Does it even belong in this...

 

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