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Darwin's Gift: To Science and Religion

With the publication in 1859 of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature's diversity. This was to be his gift to science and ...

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Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins

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(NAS Colloquium) The Future of Evolution

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Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

As both individuals and societies, we are making decisions today that will have profound consequences for future generations. From preserving Earth's plants and animals to altering our use of fossil fuels, none of these decisions can be made wisely ...

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(NAS Colloquium) Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Towards a New Synthesis: 50 Years after Stebbins

In 1991, the National Academy of Sciences inaugurated a series of scientific colloquia, five or six of which are scheduled each year under the guidance of the NAS Council's Committee on Scientific Programs. Each colloquium addresses a scientific topic of ...

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Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms:Toward a New Synthesis 50 Years after Stebbins

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Perspectives on Biodiversity:Valuing Its Role in an Everchanging World

Resource-management decisions, especially in the area of protecting and maintaining biodiversity, are usually incremental, limited in time by the ability to forecast conditions and human needs, and the result of tradeoffs between conservation and other management goals. The individual decisions ...

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Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

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Tempo and Mode in Evolution:Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson

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The Search for Life's Origins:Progress and Future Directions in Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution

The field of planetary biology and chemical evolution draws together experts in astronomy, paleobiology, biochemistry, and space science who work together to understand the evolution of living systems.
This field has made exciting discoveries that shed light on how organic compounds ...

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