Evolution

Alfred Russel Wallace in 1862

A few days ago the site Wallace Correspondence Project’s (WCP) was launched. It aims to collect in digital format the letters still existent written to and from the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. This project has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is based at the Natural History Museum in London. This initiative follows Wallace Online, another website directed by John van Wyhe, assisted by Kees Rookmaaker at the National University of Singapore in collaboration with the Wallace Page by Charles H. Smith, which collects the naturalist’s books and articles.

Dickinsonia costata, a typical fossil of the Ediacara biota

An article published in the journal “Nature” in December is causing discussions among paleontologists. The reason is that according to Gregory Retallack, a geologist at the University of Oregon in Eugene, life on land began 65 million years earlier than is generally estimated.

Trilobite fossile from the Burgess Shale

The Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada, the national agency that has the mandate to protect Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, opened a new site which is an online museum of the Burgess Shale, a unique field of fossils from the Middle Cambrian, about five hundred million years ago.

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould was born on September 10, 1941 in Bayside, New York. He wrote many scientific essays, papers and articles. As a researcher he’s most famous for his theory of punctuated equilibrium.

Richard Dawkins in 2010

Clinton Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 26, 1941. He’s one of the most famous writers of popular science in the world thanks to his essays about evolutionism. He’s also famous because he’s an atheist and critic of religions and irrational beliefs in general.