Evolutionary Biology

When Animals Shed Their Wings

When Animals Shed Their Wings

Worker ants can sprout wings—but don’t. Ant and termite queens destroy theirs after mating. Many island birds evolve into flightlessness. Can evolution explain why?

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
7 min read
Evolutionary Biology
Diamonds Aren't Forever
(And Neither is Your Love)

Diamonds Aren't Forever (And Neither is Your Love)

Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world. ~Pliny The Elder Loving someone, and having them love you back, is the most precious thing in the world. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook At age 11, I first glimpsed the bewildering anthropologic spectacle

Rob Brooks
Rob Brooks
13 min read
Sex
Imperial College London’s Cancel Campaign Against Its Own Founders

Imperial College London’s Cancel Campaign Against Its Own Founders

Imperial College London was founded in 1907. It is one of the top 20 universities in the world, and among the leading technical universities in Europe. Two individuals were central to its foundation. The first is 19th-century English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who became known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” due

Stephen Warren
Stephen Warren
17 min read
Academia
PODCAST 103: Evolutionary Biologist (and new Quillette Managing Editor) Colin Wright on the State of Academic Science, Gender, and His Latest Career M

PODCAST 103: Evolutionary Biologist (and new Quillette Managing Editor) Colin Wright on the State of Academic Science, Gender, and His Latest Career M

Quillette Managing Editor Colin Wright explains why scientists no longer always feel free to speak up in the face of pseudoscience, and why he gave up his hunt for a job as a professor in the field of evolutionary biology for a career in journalism. Colin recently wrote about being

Quillette
Quillette
1 min read
Academia
The New Evolution Deniers by Colin Wright

The New Evolution Deniers by Colin Wright

Greg Ellis reads The New Evolution Deniers, Colin Wright’s essay about how the denial of evolutionary biology has migrated from the Christian Right to the secular Left. It was published in Quillette on 30th November 2018.

Quillette
Quillette
1 min read
Evolutionary Biology