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Fish News and Fish Stories: Water You Know?

Some marine biology news is amazing; some just plain dumb.

Whale Pelvis Is Not Vestigial

The old Darwinian idea of "vestigial organs" has proven to be a hindrance to science once again: this time in the case of whale pelvic bones.

Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature

Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.

Cat Whiskers and Narwhal Tusks: Why Things Are

In the animal world, unique features often have well-designed functions.

Fossil Whale Already Had Echolocation

Once again, a complex trait appears fully formed and functional in the fossil record.

Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a "toxic bloom" theory. Does it explain all the findings?

Strange Animals and Stranger Facts About Them

The world is decorated with an astonishing diversity of animals. Here are some new discoveries about a few of them.

Surprising Things Science Didn't Know

Scientists presume to speak with confidence about the origin of the universe and billions of years, but have been clueless about some everyday things close to home in the present.

Whale of a Batty Tale on Sonar Evolution

How did two animals completely different in size and ancestry, living in very different environments, arrive at the same complex sensing mechanism?

Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility

"Convergent evolution" is the term given to similar designs that shouldn't be related. Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had

New Biomimetics Projects

These recently-reported attempts to mimic nature show that the biomimetics revolution continues, with no end in sight.

Bizarre Creatures With Incredible Design

Animals, whether living or fossil, often show surprising tricks of sensation, adaptation, or ornamentation.

The Problem With Evolutionary Explanations

A new theory attempts to explain why mammals vary from teaspoon size to battleship size. But what does it really explain, if anything?

California Whale Fossils: Transitional Forms?

Several fossil whale parts found in a southern California canyon are being called transitional forms in whale evolution.

Biomimetics for Your Christmas Wish List

Biomimetics (the imitation of nature) continues to promise cool gadgets and useful materials that will someday yield prized gifts under the tree. Some of them might even save your life.
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