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We are an island: the evolution of human parasite species - March, 2015
In recent years, the popular media has served up a message that might make your skin crawl: lice and bedbug infestations are on the rise and are getting harder to treat as these parasites evolve resistance to the pesticides we've used against them in the past. But did you ever stop to wonder how they've invaded our beds and bodies — not how a particular outbreak started, but how ultimately we wound up with these human bloodsuckers in the first place? Last month, new research highlighted the evolutionary beginnings — and future trajectory — of bedbugs. Taking a step back reveals that the origin of new parasites is just one example of well understood evolutionary processes.

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Kim Bostwick How boogieing birds evolved: The work of Kim Bostwick
When ornithologist Kim Bostwick goes hunting with her binoculars, she's not just looking for birds; she's looking for untold evolutionary stories.
Jackson Njau CSI: Olduvai Gorge. The work of Jackson Njau
Follow paleoanthropologist Jackson Njau as he examines fossil evidence for clues of crocodile predation on early hominids.
Evo Connection Evo Connection slide sets
This series of short slide sets explain several basic biology topics in evolutionary terms. Each set includes notes to help you present every slide.
A fisheye view of the tree of life A fisheye view of the tree of life
Explore our interactive fish evolutionary tree to learn about amazing innovations that have evolved in the different lineages.


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