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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
By United Press International
Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman

Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman

DARWIN, Australia, Aug. 19 (UPI) --An extremely rare albino-headed crocodile named for deceased pop legend Michael Jackson was killed in Australia after he ate a fisherman in front of his wife.
Matt Bradwell
Australia starts defense research partnership with universities

Australia starts defense research partnership with universities

CANBERRA, Australia, July 23 (UPI) --Australia's Defense Science and Technology Organization and national universities to collaborate on research.
Richard Tomkins
Charles Darwin's on-board library goes online

Charles Darwin's on-board library goes online

SINGAPORE, July 15 (UPI) --Charles Darwin's complete set of books, including diaries, that he took on his five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle are available online, beginning Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Ecuador declares emergency over cargo ship run aground in Galapagos Islands

Ecuador declares emergency over cargo ship run aground in Galapagos Islands

BAQUERIZO MORENO, Ecuador, May 16 (UPI) --Officials in Ecuador have declared an emergency, as a cargo ship that ran aground last week in the Galapagos remains a threat to the region's fragile ecosystem.
Brooks Hays
Biologists try to save Darwin finches with pesticides

Biologists try to save Darwin finches with pesticides

ISABELA ISLAND, Ecuador, May 5 (UPI) -- Biologists on the Galapagos Islands are using cotton balls soaked in a mild pesticide called permethrin to help eradicate a parasite in birds' nests.
Brooks Hays
Galapagos' blue-footed booby threatened

Galapagos' blue-footed booby threatened

PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO, Ecuador, April 25 (UPI) -- Blue-footed boobies, symbolic seabirds of the Galapagos islands, are on the decline due to a decrease in sardine numbers in the shallow waters of the islands.
Brooks Hays
Science explains why zebras have stripes

Science explains why zebras have stripes

April 1 (UPI) -- A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, believe they've systematically solved the puzzle of why zebras have stripes.
Brooks Hays
New beetle species, first discovered by Darwin, named for him on his birthday

New beetle species, first discovered by Darwin, named for him on his birthday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A new species of beetle, first collected by Charles Darwin in 1832, has been given a genus and species name to celebrate Darwin Day.
Brooks Hays

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
By United Press International
Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- That living on islands makes animals tamer than their mainland counterparts, a theory proposed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago, is supported in a new study.
Ananth Baliga
Australia's saltwater crocodiles said world's most aggressive

Australia's saltwater crocodiles said world's most aggressive

DARWIN, Australia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say the continent's saltwater crocodiles are the most aggressive, much more so than six other species from around the world.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Deadly disease striking amphibians may have wiped out Darwin's frogs

Deadly disease striking amphibians may have wiped out Darwin's frogs

LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A deadly fungal disease of amphibians may bring the extinction of Darwin's frogs, an iconic South American species, British and Chilean researchers say.

Genetics suggests early human relatives made impressive migrations

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Some ancient human relatives somehow managed to cross one of the world's widest marine barriers in Indonesia to interbreed with modern humans, scientists say.
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Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

Darwin's early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author.

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