One of Darwin's first big "aha!" moments came courtesy of Galapagos finches. The birds, spread across the many tiny islands of the archipelago, lived very differently from one another, relying on different sources of food. But when he observed his sketches and notes on the birds, Darwin realized that a lot of their differences seemed to come down to adaptations in one area -- the beak. These finches became a token model for how one species can turn into a dozen or more as individuals learn to exploit different natural resources and habitats.
Okay, so it's a video instead of a read. But come on.
Hey, if evolution is a scientific fact, then why aren't things evolving around us all the time?
Sometimes people use the concept of evolution for evil instead of good. And by "evil," I mean banishing carbs. Rejoice, fellow lovers of both pasta and science, because the paleo diet's claim that we're evolutionarily suited for a certain category of eating is pretty much bunk.
Some of the only surviving pages of Darwin's original, hand-written manuscript of "On the Origin of the Species" were saved because of the drawings his children made on the back. Thanks for doodling, little Darwins!
Bacteria are really, really good at adaptation. That's great for them, but bad for us: Whenever we talk about antibiotic resistant bacteria, we're also talking about evolution. The microbes that can survive a course of antibiotics are the ones to reproduce, so eventually we end up with a ton of bacteria we have no defenses against.
Some scientists are so eager to find new antibiotics in dirt that they want you to send in samples of your local mud. Be a good citizen scientist and send your dirt today.
After Bill Nye publicly debated the anti-science Ken Ham on the subject of evolution, some deniers posted pictures of themselves holding up further questions for Nye -- ones that they thought refuted his pro-evolution stance.