Spokes 3 : Research References    (Table of Contents)
Common knowledge for Spokes obtained from various encyclopedias and dictionaries, including Encyclopedia Britannica, Everipedia, New World Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, World Book Encyclopedia, Scholarpedia, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary,, and the ever-evolving Internet.

Life's History
Marc W. Kirshner & John C. Gerhart, The Plausibility of Life, Yale University Press (2005).
Brian K. Hall & Benedikt Hallgrimsson, Strickberger's Evolution, Jones and Bartlett Publishers (2008).
K.J. Willis & J.C. McElwain, The Evolution of Plants, Oxford University Press (2002).
Paul H. Ehrlich & Anne H. Ehrlich, The Dominant Animal, IslandPress (2008).
Mass Extinctions
Norman Macleod, The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life, Firefly Books (2013).
Geerat J. Vermeij, "Temperature, tectonics, and evolution," in Evolution on Planet Earth, Academic Press (2003).
Mats Dynesius & Roland Jansson, "Persistence of within-species lineages: a neglected control of speciation rates," Evolution (11 December 2013).
"Extinctions reduce speciation," ScienceDaily (4 April 2014).
Extinction Events
Norman MacLeod, The Great Extinctions, Firefly Books (2013).
Richard A. Kerr, "More than one way for invaders to wreak havoc," Science 335 (6069): 646 (10 February 2012).
Marine extinctions chart adapted from: D.M. Raup & J.J. Sepkoski, Jr., "Periodic extinction of families and genera," 231 (4740): 833–836 Science (21 February 1986).
Stephen P. Hesselbo et al, "Massive dissociation of gas hydrate during a Jurassic oceanic anoxic event," Nature 406: 392–395 (27 July 2000).
Shannon Hall, "Fire and ice," Scientific American (August 2017).
Haley A. Lindsey et al, "Evolutionary rescue from extinction is contingent on a lower rate of environmental change," Nature 494: 463–467 (28 February 2013).
Nola Taylor Redd, "How a young Jupiter acted as both protector and destroyer," Smithsonian (6 July 2016).
"New study challenges Jupiter's role as planetary shield, protecting Earth from comet impacts," (3 February 2016).
Elizabeth Howell, "Jupiter's movements made way for Earth," Astrobiology Magazine (22 June 2015).
Konstantin Batygina & Greg Laughlin, "Jupiter’s decisive role in the inner Solar System’s early evolution," PNAS (23 March 2015).
Kevin R. Grazier, "Jupiter: cosmic Jekyll and Hyde," Astrobiology 16(1): 23-38 (January 2016).
Anne Minard, "Jupiter both an impact source and shield for Earth," National Geographic News (27 August 2007).
"Life on Earth likely started 4.1 billion years ago—much earlier than scientists thought," (19 October 2015).
Elizabeth A. Bell et al, "Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon," PNAS 112(47): 14518-14521 (24 November 2015).
James O. McInerney & Mary J. O'Connell, "Mind the gaps in cellular evolution," Nature 541: 297-298 (19 January 2017).
Kazumi Ozaki et al, "Effects of primitive photosynthesis on Earth’s early climate system," Nature Geoscience (11 December 2017).
Alice Klien, "Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming," New Scientist (11 December 2017).
Jatarzyna Zaremba-Niedzwiedzka et al, "Asgard archaea illuminate the origin of eukaryotic cellular complexity," Nature 541: 353-357 (19 January 2017).
Heather J. Goldsby et al, "Task-switching costs promote the evolution of division of labor and shifts in individuality," PNAS 109(34): 13686–13691 (21 August 2012).
"How do plants make oxygen? Ask cyanobacteria," (30 March 2017).
Robert E. Blankenship, "How cyanobacteria went green," Science 355(6332): 1372-1373 (31 March 2017).
Gustavo Caetano-Anolles et al, "Protein domain structure uncovers the origin of aerobic metabolism and the rise of planetary oxygen," Structure 20(1): 67-76 (11 January 2012).
Rochelle M. Soo et al, "On the origins of oxygenic photsynthesis and aerobic respiration in cyanobacteria," Science 355(6332): 1436-1440 (31 March 2017).
"Division of labor offers insight into the evolution of multicellular life," ScienceDaily (7 August 2012).
William F. Martin, "The origin of mitochondria," Nature Education 3(9): 58 (2010).
Timothy W. Lyons et al, "The rise of oxygen in Earth's early ocean and atmosphere," Nature 506: 307-315 (20 February 2014).
Anna Salleh, "Great Oxidation Event 'a misnomer'," ABC Science (20 February 2014).
Abderrazak El Albani et al, "Large colonial organisms with coordinated growth in oxygenated environments 2.1 Gyr ago," Nature 466: 100–104 (1 July 2010). Philip C. J. Donoghue & Jonathan B. Antcliffe, "Early life: Origins of multicellularity," Nature 466: 41-42 (1 July 2010).
"Complex, multicellular life from over two billion years ago discovered," ScienceDaily (1 July 2010).
Richard Southwood, The Story of Life, Oxford University Press (2003).
Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, W.W. Norton & Company (1989).
"When did eukaryotic cells (cells with nuclei and other internal organelles) first evolve? What do we know about how they evolved from earlier life-forms?," Scientific American (21 October 1999).
Derek E.G. Briggs & Rea-Alan Fortey, "Wonderful strife: Systematics, stem groups, and the phylogenetic signal of the Cambrian radiation," Paleobiology 32(5): 94-112 (June 2005).
Gregory J. Retallack et al, "Archean coastal-plain paleosols and life on land," Gondwana Research 40: 1–20 (December 2016).
Tamara L. Carley et al, "Iceland is not a magmatic analog for the Hadean: evidence from the zircon record," Earth and Planetary Science Letters 405: 85–97 (1 November 2014).
Robin Wordsworth & Raymond Pierrehumbert, "Hydrogen-nitrogen greenhouse warming in earth's early atmosphere," Science 339(64): 64–67 (4 January 2013).
"Life took hold on land 300 million years earlier than thought," ScienceDaily (8 November 2016).
Sami Nabha et al, "Biogenic overgrowth on detrital pyrite in ca. 3.2 Ga Archean paleosols," Geology (August 2016).
James F. Kasting,"How was early earth kept warm?," Science 339(64): 44–45 (4 January 2013).
P. Chellapandi, "Molecular evolution of methanogens based on their metabolic facets," Frontiers in Biology 6(6): 490–503 (December 2011).
Haiwei Luo et al, "Gene order phylogeny and the evolution of methanogens," PLoS One (29 June 2009).
Bettina E. Schirrmeister et al, "Evolution of multicellularity coincided with increased diversification of cyanobacteria and the Great Oxidation Event," PNAS 110(5): 1791-1796 (29 January 2013).
Catherine Brahic, "Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy," New Scientist (16 July 2014).
Dennis Höning et al, "Biotic vs. abiotic Earth: a model for mantle hydration and continental coverage," Planetary and Space Science (October 2013).
Tanai Cardona, "Origin of bacteriochlorophyll a and the early diversification of photosynthesis," PLoS One (8 March 2016).
"Photosynthesis more ancient than thought, and most living things could do it," ScienceDaily (15 March 2016).
Joydip Mukhopadhyay et al, "Oxygenation of the Archean atmosphere: new paleosol constraints from eastern India," Geology (28 August 2014).
Bettina E. Schirrmeister et al, "Evolution of multicellularity coincided with increased diversification of cyanobacteria and the Great Oxidation Event," PNAS 110(5): 1791–1796 (29 January 2013).
Richard K. Grosberg & Richard R. Strathmann, "The evolution of multicellularity: a minor major transition," The Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 38: 621-654 (2007).
Laura Wegener Parfrey & Daniel J.G. Lahr, "Multicellularity arose several times in the evolution of eukaryotes," BioEssays 35(4): 339-347 (April 2013).
Daniel J. Dickinson, "An epithelial tissue in Dictyostelium challenges the traditional origin of metazoan multicellularity," BioEssays 34(10): 833-840 (October 2012).
Richard E. Michod et al, "Life-history evolution and the origin of multicellularity," Journal of Theoretical Biology (2005).
Erik R. Hanschen, et al, "The Gonium pectorale genome demonstrates co-option of cell cycle regulation during the evolution of multicellularity," Nature Communications (22 April 2016).
Karl J. Niklas, "The evolutionary-developmental origins of multicellularity," American Journal of Botany (20 December 2013).
Robert Schuetz et al, "Multidimensional optimality of microbial metabolism," Science 336: 601–604 (4 May 2012).
Michael Slezak, "Early life built Earth's continents," New Scientist (25 November 2013).
Esteban Gazel et al, "Continental crust generated in oceanic arcs," Nature Geoscience (31 March 2015).
Jacqueline Howard, "How did the Earth’s continents form? Scientists move big step closer to solving mystery," Huffington Post (3 April 2015).
William F. Martin, "The origin of mitochondria," Nature Education 3(9): 58 (2010).
"Researchers discover missing link in the evolution of complex cells," Uppsala University (6 May 2015).
Laurel Hamers, "One-celled life possessed tools for going multicellular," Science News (13 October 2016).
Arnau Sebé-Pedrós et al, "High-throughput proteomics reveals the unicellular roots of animal phosphosignaling and cell differentiation," Developmental Cell 39(2): 186–197 (24 October 2016).
Anja Spang et al, "Complex archaea that bridge the gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes," Nature (6 May 2015).
Shixing Zhu et al, "Decimetre-scale multicellular eukaryotes from the 1.56-billion-year-old Gaoyuzhuang Formation in North China," Nature Communications (17 May 2016).
"Complex life on Earth began billion years earlier than previously thought, study argues," The Guardian (17 May 2016).
Katherine L. French et al, "Reappraisal of hydrocarbon biomarkers in Archean rocks," PNAS 112(19): 5915–5920 (12 May 2015).
David Biello, "How the first plant came to be," Nature (16 February 2012).
Dana C. Price et al, "Cyanophora paradoxa genome elucidates origin of photosynthesis in algae and plants," Science 335(6070): 843–847 (17 February 2012).
Takunari Kono et al, "A RuBisCO-mediated carbon metabolic pathway in methanogenic archaea," Nature Communications (13 January 2017).
"Mechanism for photosynthesis already existed in primeval microbe," (31 January 2017).
"Origin of photosynthesis revealed: genome analysis of 'living fossil' sheds light on the evolution of plants," ScienceDaily (21 February 2012).
Spurring Multicellularity
Jennifer Carpenter, "Multicellularity driven by bacteria," Science 337(6094): 510 (3 August 2012).
Michael G. Hadfield, "Molecular clue links bacteria to the origin of animals," eLife 1:e00242 (2012).
Rosanna A. Alegado et al, "A bacterial sulfonolipid triggers multicellular development in the closest living relatives of animals," eLife 1:e00013 (15 October 2012).
"Did bacteria spark evolution of multicellular life?," ScienceDaily (24 October 2012).
Walter Godchaux III & Edward R. Leadbetter, "Sulfonoids of gliding bacteria," The Journal of Biological Chemistry 259(5): 2982–2990 (10 March 1984).
Eric Libby & William C. Ratcliff, "Ratcheting the evolution of multicellularity," Science 346(6208): 426–427 (24 October 2014).
Eric Libby et al, "Geometry shapes evolution of early multicellularity," PLoS Computational Biology (18 September 2014).
Roberto Feuda et al, "Improved modeling of compositional heterogeneity supports sponges as sister to all other animals," Current Biology 27: 1-7(18 December 2017). Nicola Davis, "Evolution row ends as scientists declare sponges to be sister of all other animals," The Guardian (30 November 2017).
Davide Pisani et al, "Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals," PNAS (1 December 2015).
"Animal evolution: sponges really are oldest animal phylum," ScienceDaily (1 December 2015).
A. Riesgo et al, "The analysis of eight transcriptomes from all Porifera classes reveals surprising genetic complexity in sponges," Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(5): 1102-1120 (May 2014).
"Largest evolutionary study of sponges sheds new light on animal evolution," ScienceDaily (7 February 2014).
Sohei Nakayama et al, "Dynamic transport and cementation of skeletal elements build up the pole-and-beam structured skeleton of sponges," Current Biology (17 September 2015).
Reproduction Isolation
Jonathan M. Chase, "A fool to do your dirty work?," PLoS Biology (13 May 2014).
Heather J. Goldsby et al, "The evolutionary origin of somatic cells under the dirty work hypothesis," PLoS Biology (13 May 2014).
"Delegating the dirty work is a key to evolution," (22 May 2014).
Arunas L. Radzvilavicius et al, "Selection for mitochondrial quality drives evolution of the germline," PLos Biology (20 December 2016).
"Sex cells evolved to pass on quality mitochondria," (20 December 2016).
Frédéric Berger & David Twell, "Germlien specification and function in plants," Annual Review of Plant Biology 62: 461-484 (June 2011).
Susannah H. Kassmer et al, "Migration of germline progenitor cells is directed by sphingosine-1-phosphate signalling in a basal chordate," Nature Communications (12 October 2015).
Cassandra G. Extavour & Michael Akam, "Mechanisms of germ cell specification across the metazoans: epigenesis and preformation," Development 130: 5869-5884 (2003).
Andrew D Johnson et al, "Evolution of the germ line–soma relationship in vertebrate embryos," Reproduction (12 January 2011).
E. Asselin et al, "Mammalian follicular development and atresia: role of apoptosis," Biological Signals and Receptors 9(2): 87-95 (March-April 2000).
Fuko Matsuda et al, "Follicular growth and atresia in mammalian ovaries: regulation by survival and death of granulosa cells," Journal of Reproduction and Development 58(10: 44-50 (2012).
J.K. Bhardwaj and R.K. Sharma, "Apoptosis and ovarian follicular atresia in mammals," InTech (23 March 2012).
The Cryogenian Cooler
Breandán Anraoi MacGabhann, "Age constraints on Precambrian glaciations and the subdivision of Neoproterozoic time," Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway.
"Deep ocean is a safe haven ," Nature (28 May 2014).
Doug Macdougall, Frozen Earth, University of California Press (2004).
Frank A. Corsetti et al, "A complex microbiota from Snowball Earth times: microfossils from the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation, Death Valley, USA," PNAS (7 October 2002).
Francis A. Macdonald et al, "Calibrating the Cryogenian," Science 327(5970): 1241–1243 (5 March 2010).
"Snowball Earth: new evidence hints at global glaciation 716.5 million years ago," ScienceDaily (5 March 2010).
William T. Hyde et al, "Neoproterozoic 'snowball Earth' simulations with a coupled climate/ice-sheet model," Nature 405: 425–429 (25 May 2000).
Bryan A. Killingsworth et al, "Sedimentary constraints on the duration of the Marinoan Oxygen-17 Depletion (MOSD) event," PNAS 110(44): 17686–17690 (29 October 2013).
Thomas J. Crowley et al, "CO2 levels required for deglaciation of a “near-snowball” Earth," Geophysical Research Letters 28(2): 283–286 (15 January 2001).
Alexandra Witze, "A snowball's chance," Science News (14 September 2011).
Jeff Hecht, "Why did evolution stall during the 'boring billion'?," New Scientist (1 May 2014).
Douglas H. Erwin et al, "The Cambrian conundrum: early divergence and later ecological success in the early history of animals," Science 334 (6059): 1091–1097 (25 November 2011).
Francisco José Ayala et al, "Origin of the metazoan phyla: molecular clocks confirm paleontological estimates," PNAS 95(2): 606–611 (20 January 1998).
"Animal evolution: sponges really are oldest animal phylum," Science-Daily (1 December 2015).
Davide Pisani et al, "Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals," PNAS (30 November 2015).
Daniel B. Mills et al, "Oxygen requirements of the earliest animals," PNAS 111(11): 4168–4172 (18 March 2014).
Timothy M. Lenton et al, "Co-evolution of eukaryotes and ocean oxygenation in the Neoproterozoic era," Nature Geoscience (3 March 2014).
Swapan K. Sahoo et al, "Ocean oxygenation in the wake of the Marinoan glaciation," Nature 489: 546–549 (27 September 2012).
Thomas Sumner, "Fossils contain earliest signs of shells," Science News (29 October 2016).
Ediacaran Life
Matt Kaplan, "Enigmatic fossils are neither animals nor bacteria," Nature (22 December 2011).
Simon A.F. Darroch et al, "Biotic replacement and mass extinction of the Ediacara biota," Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2 September 2015).
S. Schroder, "Evidence for anoxia at the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary: the record of redox-sensitive trace elements and rare earth elements in Oman," Journal of the Geological Society 164(1):175 (2007).
D.A. Fike et al, "Multi-stage Ediacaran ocean oxidation and its impact on evolutionary radiation," Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70 (18S): 173–173 (2006).
J. Scott Turner, The Extended Organisms 82–84, Harvard University Press (2000).
Daniel Strain, Microbial mats may have given early animals breathing room," Science News 179(13): 9 (18 June 2011).
R.A. Boyle et al, "Stabilization of the coupled oxygen and phosphorus cycles by the evolution of bioturbation," Nature Geoscience (3 August 2013).
Gregory J. Retallack, "Ediacaran life on land," Nature (12 December 2012).
Michael S.Y. Lee et al, "Rates of phenotypic and genomic evolution during the Cambrian explosion," Current Biology 23: 1–7 (7 October 2013).
Xavier Fernández-Busquets et al, "Self-recognition and Ca2-dependent carbohydrate-carbohydrate cell adhesion provide clues to the Cambrian explosion," Molecular Biology and Evolution 26 (11): 2551 (2009).
A. Yu. Zhuravlev et al, "Ediacaran skeletal metazoan interpreted as a lophophor," Proceedings of the Royal Society B (4 November 2015).
Jon M. Husson & Shanan E. Peters, "Atmospheric oxygenation driven by unsteady growth of the continental sedimentary reservoir," Earth and Planetary Science Letters 460: 68–75 (15 February 2017).
"Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?," ScienceDaily (30 December 2016).
Douglas H. Erwin, "Early metazoan life: divergence, environment and ecology," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2015).
The Cambrian Explosion
Roger Lewin, "A lopsided look at evolution," Science 241(4863): 291–293 (15 July 1988).
Luis A. Buatois et al, "Ediacaran matground ecology persisted into the earliest Cambrian," Nature Communications (28 March 2014).
Bob Holmes, "Evolution's big bang: how life on Earth took off," New Scientist (1 March 2015).
Shanan E. Peters & Robert R. Gaines, "Formation of the ‘Great Unconformity' as a trigger for the Cambrian explosion," Nature 484, 363–366 (19 April 2012).
M. Paul Smith & David A.T. Harper, "Causes of the Cambrian explosion," Science 341: 1355–1356 (20 September 2013).
Elizbeth Pennisi, "Fossils, cells point to early appearance of the brain," Science 350(6262): 729–730 (13 November 2015).
Timothy M. Lenton et al, "Co-evolution of eukaryotes and ocean oxygenation in the Neoproterozoic era," Nature Geoscience (9 March 2014).
Catherine Brahic, "Were early seas transformed by sponge microbi-ome?," New Scientist (23 February 2015).
Fan Zhang et al, "Phosphorus sequestration in the form of polyphos-phate by microbial symbionts in marine sponges," PNAS (23 Febru-ary 2015).
Stephanie Pain, "Seeing the light," New Scientist (21 November 1998).
Erik A. Sperling et al, "Oxygen, ecology, and the Cambrian radiation of animals," PNAS (31 July 2013).
Hallucigenia Martin R. Smith & Javier Ortega-Hernández, "Hallucigenia’s onychophoran-like claws and the case for Tactopoda," Nature (17 August 2014).
Fish Appear
John A. Long, The Rise of Fishes, 2nd edition, The John Hopkins University Press (2011).
Simon Conway Morris & Jean-Bernard Caron, "A primitive fish from the Cambrian of North America," Nature (11 June 2014).
D.G. Shu et al, "Head and backbone of the Early Cambrian vertebrate Haikouichthys," Nature 421: 526–529 (30 January 2003).
Pikaia, Metaspriggina and Haikouichthys were among the first fish.
Philip S.L. Anderson et al, "Initial radiation of jaws demonstrated stability despite faunal and environmental change," Nature (6 July 2011).
G.E. Budd & S. Jensen, "A critical reappraisal of the fossil record of the bilaterian phyla," Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 75 (2): 253–295 (2000).
Susan Milius, "Biology's big bang had a long fuse," Science News (28 November 2011).
Xiaoya Ma et al, "An exceptionally preserved arthropod cardiovascular system from the early Cambrian," Nature Communications (7 April 2014).
"Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels," (7 April 2014).
Riccardo Levi-Setti, The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey, University of Chicago Press (2014).
Melanie J. Hopkins et al, "The oldest known digestive system consisting of both paired digestive glands and a crop from exceptionally preserved trilobites of the Guanshan Biota (Early Cambrian, China," PLoS One (21 September 2017).
Richard Fortey, "Olenid trilobites: The oldest known chemoautotrophic symbionts?," PNAS (6 June 2000).
Jonathan M. Adrain et al, "Post-Cambrian trilobite diversity and evolutionary faunas," Science 280 (5371): 1922–1925 (19 June 1998).
Fish Tales
Birger Schmit et al, "Asteroid breakup linked to the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event," Nature Geoscience 1: 49–53 (16 December 2007).
Alan Pradel et al, "A Palaeozoic shark with osteichthyan-like branchial arches," Nature (16 April 2014).
Min Zhu et al, "A Silurian placoderm with osteichthyan-like marginal jaw bones," Nature 502: 188–194 (10 October 2013).
Matt Friedman & Martin D. Brazeau, "A jaw-dropping fossil fish," Nature 502: 175–176 (10 October 2013).
Shigeru Kuratani, "A muscular perspective on vertebrate evolution," Science 341: 160–164 (12 July 2013).
Kate Trinajstic et al, "Fossil musculature of the most primitive jawed vertebrates," Science 341: 139–40 (12 July 2013).
Rodney Steel, Sharks of the World, Octopus Publishing Group (1998).
Michael Bright, Sharks, Firefly Books (2011).
Carol Clark, "The math of shark skin," (3 July 2015).
John A. Long et al, "First shark from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo formation, western Australia sheds new light on the development of tessellated calcified cartilage," PLoS One (28 May 2015).
Daniel Cressey, "Sharks can live a lot longer than researchers realized," Nature (20 September 2017).
Oliver Milman, "'Missing link' in shark evolution found in 380m-year-old Australian fossil," The Guardian (28 May 2015).
Johannes Oeffner & George V. Lauder, " The hydrodynamic function of shark skin and two biomimetic applications," The Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 785–795 (1 March 2012).
Ryan M. Kempster et al, "Survival of the stillest: predator avoidance in shark embryos," PLoS One 8(1): e52551 (January 2013).
Johann Mourier et al, "Learning and robustness to catch-and-release fishing in a shark social network," Biology Letters (15 March 2017).
"Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid capture," (15 March 2017).
Robert F. Marx, The History of Underwater Exploration, Courier Dover Publications (1990).
Bottom Up Ben Thuy et al, "First glimpse into Lower Jurassic deep-sea biodiversity: in situ diversification and resilience against extinction," Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (21 May 2014).
Mario Livio, Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, Simon & Schuster (2013).
"Spawned in Davy Jones’s locker," The Economist (24 May 2014).
Ben Thuy et al, "Ancient origin of the modern deep-sea fauna," PLoS One (10 October 2012).
Verdure Venture
Hervé Sauquet et al, "The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification," Nature Communications (1 August 2017).
Nicola Davis, "Mother of all blooms: is this what the last common ancestor of flowers looked like?," The Guardian (1 August 2017).
Susana Magallón, et al, "A metacalibrated time-tree documents the early rise of flowering plant phylogenetic diversity," New Phytologist 207: 437–453 (January 2015).
Jeremy M. Beaulieu et al, "Heterogeneous rates of molecular evolution and diversification could explain the Triassic age estimate for angiosperms," Systematic Biology 64 (5): 869-878 (4 May 2015).
Charles S.P. Foster et al, "Evaluating the impact of genomic data and priors on Bayesian estimates of the angiosperm evolutionary timescale," Systematic Biology 66 (3): 338-351 (16 September 2016).
K.J. Willis & J.C. McElwain, The Evolution of Plants, Oxford University Press (2002).
David Beerling, The Emerald Planet, Oxford University Press (2007).
Karl J. Niklas, Plant Evolution: An Introduction to the History of Life, University of Chicago Press (2016).
Kathy Willis & Jennifer McElwain, The Evolution of Plants, Oxford University Press (2014).
Joseph E. Armstrong, How the Earth Turned Green: A Brief 3.8-Billion-Year History of Plants, University Of Chicago Press (2015).
Martin J. Ingrouille & Bill Eddie, Plants: Diversity and Evolution, Cambridge University Press (2006).
C. Jill Harrison, "Development and genetics in the evolution of land plant body plans," Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society B (19 December 2016).
Karl J. Niklas, "The evolution of plant body plans – a biomechanical perspective," Annals of Botany 85: 411-438 (2000).
Linda E. Graham et al, "The origin of plants: body plan changes contributing to a major evolutionary radiation," PNAS 97(9): 4535-4540(25 April 2000).
Dianne Edwards, "The role of Mid-Palaeozoic mesofossils in the detection of early bryophytes," Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (29 June 2000).
Sid Perkins, "Did plants freeze the planet?," Science (1 February 2012).
Christophe Calvaruso et al, "Influence of forest trees on the distribution of mineral weathering-associated bacterial communities of the Scleroderma citrinum mycorrhizosphere," Applied and Environmental Microbiology (28 May 2010).
Andrea Bennici, "Origin and early evolution of land plants," Communicative & Integrative Biology 1(2): 212–218 (October–December 2008).
Timothy M. Lenton et al, "First plants cooled the Ordovician," Nature Geoscience (February 2012).
Benjamin Bomfleur et al, "Fossilized nuclei and chromosomes reveal 180 million years of genomic statsis in royal ferns," Science 343: 1376–1377 (21 March 2014).
Jonathan Shaw & Karen Renzaglia, "Phylogeny and diversification of bryophytes," American Journal of Botany 91(10): 1557–1581 (October 2004).
Fay-Wei Li et al, "Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns," PNAS (14 April 2014).
Samuli Lehtonen et al, "Environmentally driven extinction and opportunistic origination explain fern diversification patterns," Scientific Reports (6 July 2017).
Insects Emerge
Anna Salleh, "Insects evolved flight as plants grew taller," ABC Science (7 November 2014).
Omar Rota-Stabelli et al, "Molecular timetrees reveal a Cambrian colonization of land and a new scenario for ecdysozoan evolution," Current Biology 23(5): 392–398 (4 March 2013).
Elizabeth Pennisi, "All in the (bigger) family," Science 347(6219): 220–221 (16 January 2015).
Chris G.C. Jacobs et al, "The extraembryonic serosa protects the insect egg against desiccation," Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (19 June 2013).
Bernhard Misof et al, "Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution," Science 346(6210): 763–767 (7 November 2014).
"Insects were first animals to develop wings more than 400 million years ago," Entomology Today (7 November 2014).
André Nel et al, "The earliest known holometabolous insects," Nature (16 October 2013).
Vertebrates Arrive on Land
Brian Switek, "The eyes have it: how spotting naive prey made fish walk on land," New Scientist (19 July 2017).
"These fish are evolving right now to become land-dwellers," New Scientist (30 March 2017).
Malcolm A. Maciver et al, "Massive increase in visual range preceded the origin of terrestrial vertebrates," PNAS (7 March 2017).
"Vision, not limbs, led fish onto land 385 million years ago," ScienceDaily (7 March 2017).
"Leap onto land saves ?sh from being eaten," (14 March 2017).
Terry J. Ord et al, "Ecological release from aquatic predation is associated with the emergence of marine blenny fishes onto land," The American Naturalist (22 March 2017).
Camila Cupello et al, " Allometric growth in the extant coelacanth lung during ontogenetic development," Nature Commmunications (15 September 2015).
"Palaeontology: new fossils illuminate the route that led ultimately to human beings," The Economist (10 December 2016).
Sophie Sanchez et al, "Life history of the stem tetrapod Acanthostega revealed by synchrotron microtomography," Nature (7 September 2016).
Emily M. Standen et al, "Developmental plasticity and the origin of tetrapods," Nature (27 January 2014).
Devin Powell, "Fossil pushes back land-animal debut," Science News (5 March 2012).
Ritchie S. King, "A walk through water before reaching land," The New York Times (19 December 2011).
Heather M. King et al, "Behavioral evidence for the evolution of walking and bounding before terrestriality in sarcopterygian fishes," PNAS 108(52): 21146–21151 (27 December 2011).
Stephanie E. Pierce et al, "Vertebral architecture in the earliest stem tetrapods," Nature (14 January 2013).
Brooke E. Flammang et al, "Tetrapod-like pelvic girdle in a walking cavefish," Scientific Reports 6:23711 (24 March 2016).
Ian Sample, "Tiktaalik fossils reveal how fish evolved into four-legged land animals," The Guardian (13 January 2014).
"From ocean to land: the fishy origins of our hips," Science Daily (14 May 2013).
Devin Powell, "Fossil pushes back land-animal debut," Science News (5 March 2012).
Plant Evolution
Sid Perkins, "Ancient forest kept good company," Science (29 February 2012).
Yuannian Jiao et al, "Ancestral polyploidy in seed plants and angiosperms," Nature 473: 97–101 (5 May 2011).
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Amphibians & Reptiles
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Snakes & Lizards
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Lizard Adaptability
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The Great Dying
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The Triassic
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Flowering Plants
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Methane Maelstrom
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Dinosaur Dominion
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Body Heat
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Hip Classification
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Dinosaur Fleas
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Water Fleas
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Ostrich Dinosaurs
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In The Skies
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At Sea
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Yucatan Big Bang
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David Godkin, "Toothless beaks for the win," Scientific American (August 2016).
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"Gross anatomy," National Geographic (August 2012).
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Dual-Track Bacteria
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Viral Infection
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John M. Coffin, "Virions at the gate: receptors and the host-virus arms race," PLoS Biology 11(5): e1001574 (May 2013).
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Adaptation In Disguise
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Tropical Rainforest Spiders
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Mark Rowland & Douglas J. Emlen, "Two thresholds, three male forms result in facultative male trimorphism in beetles," Science 323(5915): 773–776 (6 February 2009).
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Gall Plumbing
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Dung Beetles
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Viviane Callier, "The animal arms race," Science 346(6215): 1305 (12 December 2014).
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Feathers & Fur
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Alexandra Witze, "Doing the wet-dog wiggle," Science News (22 Friday 2010).
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Poison Avoidance
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Pig Litters
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Lusty Birds
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Planthopper Leap Gear
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James Fenner, "Planthopper uses biological gears for pouncing," Las Vegas Guardian Express (13 September 2013).
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Harvester Ants
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Rapid Adaptation
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Isaac Wirgin et al, "Mechanistic basis of resistance to PCBs in Atlantic tomcod from the Hudson River," Science 1322–1325 (17 February 2011).
"Waters of change," The Economist (29 October 2011).
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Burce Bower, "Foragers first settle Tibetan Plateau," Science News (4 February 2017).
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Florida Lizards
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Big-headed Ants
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Polluted People
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Peppered Moths
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Potato Whiteflies Anna G. Himler et al, "Rapid spread of a bacterial symbiont in an invasive whitefly is driven by fitness benefits and female bias," Science 332(6026): 254–256 (8 April 2011).
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Germ Plasm
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Red Queen Hypothesis
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"Faecal position," The Economist (7 December 2013).
"Protect and suvive," The Economist (25 January 2014).
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Bad Taste
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Mathieu Chouteau & Bernard Angers, "The role of predators in maintaining the geographic organization of aposematic signals," The American Naturalist 178 (6): 810 (2011).
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Market Against Predation
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False Eyespots
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Tina Hesman Saey, "A billion years of evolution doesn’t change some genes," Science News (22 May 2015).
Weak Linkage
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Convergent Evolution
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"Foraging patterns found in fossils," Nature 511: 386 (24 July 2014).
Devin Powell, "Albatross forage with fractal-like flight," Science News (23 April 2012).
Kejia Chen et al, "Memoryless self-reinforcing directionality in endosomal active transport within living cells," Nature Materials (30 March 2015).
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Infant Distress
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Blood Suckers
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Swimming Ants
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Rove Beetles
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High-Altitude Hummingbirds
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Insect Eusociality
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Aviva Hope Rutkin, "Insect minions banned from breeding by same signal," New Scientist (16 January 2014).
Blue Tarantulas
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Susan Milius, "When tarantulas grow blue hair," Science News (5 January 2016).
Susan Milius, " Mystery deepens for what made tarantulas blue," Science News (27 November 2015).
P. George Lovell et al, "Egg-laying substrate selection for optimal camouflage by quail," Current Biology (17 January 2013).
Endogenous Retroviruses
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M.C. Cowperthwaite et al, "The ascent of the abundant: how muta-tional networks constrain evolution," PLoS Computational Biology 4(7): e1000110 (2008).
Adipose Fins
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David W. Murphy et al, "Underwater flight by the planktonic sea butterfly," Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 535–543 (2016).
James Gorman, "A sea snail that moves like a flying insect," The New York Times (22 February 2016).
"The belly of the beast," The Economist (12 November 2011).
Kirsten M. Bohn et al, "Social context evokes rapid changes in bat song syntax," Animal Behaviour 86(6): 1485–1491 (June 2013).
Erin Wayman, "Bird, human tweets come from similar parts of the brain," Science News (9 March 2013).
Erich Jarvis, "Learned birdsong and the neurobiology of human language," AAAS Annual Meeting (15 February 2013).
Toxic Adaptation Ying Zhen et al, "Parallel molecular evolution in an herbivore community," Science 337(6102): 1634–1637 (28 September 2012).
L.W. Smith et al, "Plant sources of hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids," Journal of Natural Products 44: 129–15 (1981).
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Thomas W. Cronin et al, Vision Ecology, Princeton University Press (2014).
Michael Le Page, "This single-celled bug has the world's most extraordinary eye," New Scientist (16 June 2015).
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Sea Urchins
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Susan Milius, "Strange visions," Science News (28 May 2016).
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Elizabeth Pennisi, "Crystalline eyes of chitons inspire materials scientists," Science 350(6263): 899 (20 November 2015).
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Susan Milius, "How to see with eyes made of rock," Science News (26 December 2015).
Douglas J. Eernisse, "Chitons," untitled book excerpt (undated) (web download from
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Mona Hoppenrath et al, "Molecular phylogeny of ocelloid-bearing dinoflagellates (Warnowiaceae) as inferred from SSU and LSU rDNA sequences," BMC Evolutionary Biology (25 May 2009).
Paper Wasps
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Jessica Shugart, "Many genes in dolphins and bats evolved in the same way to allow echolocation," Science News (6 September 2013).
"Narwhals are really, really good at echolocation," Science News (10 December 2016).
Arjan Boonman et al, "Nonecholocating fruit bats produce biosonar clicks with their wings," Current Biology (5 December 2014).
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Andy Coghlan, "Zoologger: the blind fish that sucks it and 'sees'," New Scientist (4 April 2014).
Nervous Systems
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Ewen Callaway, "Jelly genome mystery," Nature (21 May 2014).
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Reversion Evolution
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Bryan G. Fry et al, "Early evolution of the venom system in lizards and snakes," Nature 439: 584–588 (2 February 2006).
Michael Tennesen, "Snakes alive! What's your poison?," New Scientist (30 September 2006).
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Curtis A. Suttle, "Viruses in the sea," Nature 437: 356–361 (15 September 2005).
Michael Slezak, "Origin of organs: thank viruses for your skin and bone," New Scientist (27 February 2014).
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Juliette Fedry et al, "The ancient gamete fusogen HAP2 is a eukaryotic class II fusion protein," Cell (23 February 2017).
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Orca Culture
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Evolution By Perception
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Lizard Heads
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Batesian Mimicry
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Infanticide "Baby monkeys grow faster to avoid being killed by adult males," ScienceDaily (17 March 2016).
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Mammal Predators
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Ram Horns & Longevity
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Lechwe Reproductive Strategy
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Mating & Parental Care
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Bergmann’s rule
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Hot Horse
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Wandering Albatross Winds
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Lechwe Reproductive Strategy
Sociality Margarita M. López-Uribe et al, "Reduced cellular immune response in social insect lineages," Biology Letters (9 March 2016).
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George the Lobster
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Full Lives
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Negligible Senescence
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Synopsis Addy Pross, "Life’s restlessness," Aeon Magazine (29 April 2014).
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Human Descent
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Brain Size
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H. rudolfensis
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H. helmei
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Lumping, Take 2
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Meat & Vegetables
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Human Speciation
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Propelling Human Evolution
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Brains & Brawn
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Social Cunning
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Social Structure
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Cultural Diversity Dan Jones, "The ritual animal," Nature 493: 470–472 (24 January 2013).
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Technology "World's oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication: Oldowan technology behind genesis of language and teaching," ScienceDaily (13 January 2015).
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Early Human History
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Jennifer Ouellette, "When math meets nature: Turing patterns and form constants," Scientific American (27 March 2013).
Jennifer Ouellette, "Biologists home in on Turing patterns," Quanta Magazine (25 March 2013).
Cave Paintings
M. Aubert et al, "Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia," Nature (8 October 2014).
Robert G. Benarik, "The earliest known palaeoart," International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (2003).
Randall White, Prehistoric Art, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2003).
Musical Instruments
Thomas Higham et al, "Testing models for the beginnings of the Aurignacian and the advent of figurative art and music: the radiocarbon chronology of Geißenklösterle," Journal of Human Evolution 62(6): 664–676 (June 2012). B.S. Akshaya, "Earliest musical instrument discovered,"International Business Times (26 May 2012).
"Chinese writing '8,000 years old'," BBC News (18 May 2007).
Clare Pain, "We recognise words like we do faces," ABC Science (25 March 2015).
"After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures." ScienceDaily (24 March 2015).
Ashley Yeager, "The brain sees words, even nonsense ones, as pictures," Science News (24 March 2015).
L.S. Glezer et al, "Evidence for highly selective neuronal tuning to whole words in the 'visual word form area'," Neuron 62(2):199–204 (30 April 2009).
Stone Age
Erin Biba, "Africa's great divide," Scientific American 311(2): 17–18 (August 2014).
Ludovic Slimak et al, "Late Mousterian persistence near the Arctic Circle," Science 332 (6031): 841–845 (13 May 2011).
Kyle S. Brown et al, "An early and enduring advanced technology originating 71,000 years ago in South Africa," Nature (7 November 2012).
Sally McBrearty, "Sharpening the mind," Nature (7 November 2012).
Ian Sample, "Lethal weapons may have given early humans edge over neander," The Guardian (7 November 2012).
Settlement Richard W. Yerkes et al, "Form and function of early Neolithic bifacial stone tools reflects changes in land use practices during the Neolithization process in the Levant," PLoS One (8 August 2012).
Helmut Ziegert, "A new dawn for humanity: Lower Paleolithic village life in Libya and Ethiopia," Minerva 18(4): 8–9 (July/August 2007).
Bruce Bower, "Shelters date to Stone Age," Science News (22 February 2012).
Lisa A. Maher et al, "Twenty thousand-year-old huts at a hunter-gatherer settlement in eastern Jordan," PLoS One (15 February 2012).
William James Burroughs, Climate Change in Prehistory, Cambridge University Press (2008).
Patricia Phillips, The Prehistory of Europe, Indiana University Press (1980).
Xiaohong We et al, "Early pottery at 20,000 years ago in Xianrendong Cave, China," Science 336: 1696–1700 (29 June 2012).
Gideon Shelach, "On the invention of pottery," Science 336: 1644–1645 (29 June 2012).
"Woven cloth dates back 27,000 years," BBC News (14 June, 2000).
Jean Guilaine, editor, Prehistory: The World of Early Man, Facts on File (1991).
"Should we thank god for civilsation?," New Scientist (26 March 2015).
Fred Pearce, "Jungle festivals led to first Maya cities," New Scientist (23 March 2015).
Nicholas Epley & Adam Waytz, "Mind perception," in Handbook of Social Psychology, Volume 1, 5th edition, John Wiley & Sons (2010).
James C. Scott, Against the Grain, Yale University Press (2017).
Suzanne Shablovsky, "The perils of permanence," Science 357(6350): 459 (4 August 2017).
Jared E. Decker et al, "Worldwide patterns of ancestry, divergence, and admixture in domesticated cattle," PLoS Genetics (27 March 2014).
Robert J. Wenke & Deborah I. Olszewski, Patterns in Prehistory, Oxford University Press (2007).
Jessica E. Tierney & Peter B. deMenocal, "Abrupt shifts in horn of Africa hydroclimate since the Last Glacial Maximum," Science 342(6160): 843–846 (15 November 2013).
Edouard Bard, "Out of the African humid period," Science 342(6160): 843–846 (15 November 2013).
Gordon Conway, One Billion Hungry, Cornell University Press (2012).
Robin G. Allaby et al, "Geographic mosaics and changing rates of cereal domestication," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (October 2017).
"Crops evolving ten millennia before experts thought," ScienceDaily (23 October 2017).
Evelyn Kim, "The amazing multimillion-year history of processed food," Scientific American 309(3): 50–55 (September 2013).
Amy McDermott, "Farming spread from two groups," Science News (6 August 2016).
Sara Reardon, "Ancient climate change picked the crops we eat today," New Scientist (15 August 2013).
Ian Kuijta & Bill Finlayson, "Evidence for food storage and pre-domestication granaries 11,000 years ago in the Jordan Valley," PNAS 106(26): 10966–10970 (7 July 2009).
Richard W. Yerkes et al, "Form and function of early Neolithic bifacial stone tools reflects changes in land use practices during the Neolithization process in the Levant," PLoS One (8 August 2012).
Mark Lipson et al, "Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers," Nature (8 November 2017).
"Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries in Europe," ScienceDaily (09 November 2017).
"Neolithic man: the first lumberjack?," ScienceDaily (9 August 2012).
Ruth Bollongino et al, "2000 years of parallel societies in Stone Age central Europe," Science 342: 479–481 (25 October 2013).
Catherin Brahic, "Stone Age DNA shows hunter-gatherers shunned farming," New Scientist (24 April 2014).
Alison George, "Stuff: humans as hunters and mega-gatherers," New Scientist (30 March 2014).
Soil & Human Fertility
"Noble or savage?," The Economist (19 December 2007).
Stephen Shennan et al, "Regional population collapse followed initial agriculture booms in mid-Holocene Europe," Nature Communications (1 October 2013).
Bruce Bower, "Ancient farming populations went boom, then bust," Science News (1 October 2013).
Mary C. Sholes & Robert J. Scholes, "Dust unto dust," Science 342: 565–566 (1 November 2013).
"Civilizations rise and fall on the quality of their soils," ScienceDaily (4 November 2013).
Amy Bogaard et al, "Crop manuring and intensive land management by Europe’s first farmers," PNAS (16 July 2013).
Steven Le Blanc & Katherine E. Register, Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage, Macmillan (2013).
Lydie Dupont, "The human factor," Science 335: 1180–1181 (9 March 2012).
Jeff Tollefson, "Footprints in the forest," Nature 502: 160–162 (10 October 2013).
Boris V. Schmid et al, "Climate-driven introduction of the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe," PNAS (23 February 2015).
The great gerbil (Rhombomys opimus), endemic to arid habitats in central Asia, portered the Black Death bacterium.
Tina Hesman Saey, "Written in bone," Science News (2 May 2014).
Eva Emerson, "Prying tales from ancient DNA and a far-away moon," Science News (17 May 2014).
Michael Balter, "European hunter-gatherers dined on domestic pigs," Science 341: 950 (30 August 2013).
Ben Krause-Kyora et al, "Use of domesticated pigs by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in northwestern Europe," Nature Communications (27 August 2013).
Simone Riehl et al, "Emergence of agriculture in the foothills of the Zagros mountains of Iran," Science 341: 65–67 (5 July 2013).
Michael J. Montague et al, "Comparative analysis of the domestic cat genome reveals genetic signatures underlying feline biology and domestication," PNAS (14 November 2014).
David Grimm, "The genes that turned wildcats into kitty cats," Science 346(6211): 799 (14 November 2014).
Jeanmaire Molina et al, "Molecular evidence for a single evolutionary origin of domesticated rice," PNAS 108(20): 8351–8356 (17 May 2011).
Colin Barras, "Farming has deep roots in Chinese ice age," New Scientist (18 March 2013).
Hucai Zhang et al, "Morphological and genetic evidence for early Holocene cattle management in northeastern China," Nature Communications (8 November 2013).
Mary C. Stiner et al, "A forager–herder trade-off, from broad-spectrum hunting to sheep management at Asikli Höyük, Turkey," PNAS (28 April 2014).
Andrew Lawler, "Uncovering civilization's roots," Science 335 (6070): 790–793 (17 February 2012).
Animal Domestication
Tina Hesman Saey, "The road to tameness," New Scientist (8 July 2017).
Monamie Ringhofer & Shinya Yamamoto, "Domestic horses send signals to humans when they face with an unsolvable task," Animal Cognition (24 November 2016).
"When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help," ScienceDaily (15 December 2016).
Erika Engelhaupt, "Keeping silkworms secret," New Scientist (8 July 2017).
The Descent of Dogs
Golden retriever drawing courtesy of Kendra Goering.
Laurent A.F. Frantz et al, "Genomic and archaeological evidence suggests a dual origin of domestic dogs," Science 352(6290): 1228-1231 (2 June 2016).
David Grimm, "Dogs may have been domesticated more than once," Science 352(6290): 1153-1154 (2 June 2016).
Tina Hesman Saey, "Ancient DNA tells of two origins for dogs," Science News (2 June 2016).
Adam H. Freedman et al, "Genome sequencing highlights the dynamic early history of dogs," PLoS Genetics (16 January 2014).
James Gorman, "The big search to find out where dogs come from," The New York Times (18 January 2016).
"New twist in tale of dogs' origins," ScienceDaily (16 December 2015).
Pontus Skoglund et al, "Ancient wolf genome reveals an early divergence of domestic dog ancestors and admixture into high-latitude breeds," Current Biology 25(11): 1515–1519 (1 June 2015).
Tina Hesman Saey, "Ancient DNA pushes back timing of the origin of dogs," Science News (21 May 2015).
Micheael Slezak, "Ancient DNA suggests dogs split from wolves 40,000 years ago," New Scientist (21 May 2015).
Helen Thompson, "Ancient wolf skulls challenge dog domestication timeline," Science News (5 February 2015).
Mark Derr, "From the cave to the kennel," The Wall Street Journal (29 October 2011).
David Grimm, "Dawn of the dog," Science 348(6322): 274–279 (17 April 2015).
David Grimm, "How the wolf became the dog," Science 348(6322): 277 (17 April 2015).
Sudeshna Chowdhury, "Did dogs really evolve from wolves? New evidence suggests otherwise," The Christian Science Monitor (17 January 2014).
Laura M. Shannon et al, "Genetic structure in village dogs reveals a Central Asian domestication origin," PNAS (19 October 2015).
"First domestication of dogs took place in Asia, not Europe," New Scientist (19 October 2015).
Tina Hesman Saey, "Dogs' origins lie in Europe," Science News (14 November 2014).
Ewen Callaway, "Prehistoric genomes reveal European origins of dogs," Nature News (14 November 2013).
O. Thalmann et al, "Complete mitochondrial genomes of ancient canids suggest a European origin of domestic dogs," Science 342: 871-874 (15 November 2013).
Elizabeth Pennisi, "Old dogs teach a new lesson about canine origins," Science 342: 785-786 (15 November 2013).
Greger Larson et al, "Rethinking dog domestication by integrating genetics, archeology, and biogeography," PNAS 109(23): 8878 – 8883 (5 June 2012).
Nicholas Wade, "New finding puts origins of dogs in Middle East," The New York Times (17 March 2010).
Erik Axelsson et al, "The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet," Nature 495: 360–365 (21 March 2013).
Ewen Callaway, "Dog's dinner was key to domestication," Nature News (23 January 2013).
"Have we turned dogs into lazy thinkers through domestication," New Scientist (16 September 2015).
Monique A.R. Udell, "When dogs look back: inhibition of independent problem-solving behaviour in domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) compared with wolves (Canis lupus)," Biology Letters (16 September 2015).
Carl Zimmer, "From fearsome predator to man's best friend," The New York Times (16 May 2013).
Guo-dong Wang et al, "The genomics of selection in dogs and the parallel evolution between dogs and humans," Nature Communications (14 May 2013).
Friederike Range & Zsófia Virányi, "Social learning from humans or conspecifics: differences and similarities between wolves and dogs," Frontiers in Psychology (December 2013).
Nicholas Wade, "In taming dogs, humans may have sought a meal," The New York Times (8 September 2009).
Sanni Somppi et al, "Dogs evaluate threatening facial expressions by their biological validity – evidence from gazing patterns," PLoS One (13 January 2016).
Jan Hoffman, "The look of love is in the dog's eyes," The New York Times (16 April 2015).
Miho Nagasawa et al, "Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bond," Science 348(6232): 333–334 (17 April 2015).
Evan L. MacLean & Brian Hare, "Dogs hijack the human bonding pathway," Science 348(6232): 280–281 (17 April 2015).
Cultural Crops
T. Talhelm et al, "Large-scale psychological differences within China explained by rice versus wheat agriculture," Science 344(6184): 603–608 (9 May 2014).
Joseph Henrich, "Rice, psychology, and innovation," Science 344(6184): 593–594 (9 May 2014).
"The story of yeast: domesticated tipple," The Economist (10 September 2016).
Erika Szymanski, "Has yeast domesticated us?," Palate Press (10 March 2013).
Bridgida Gallone et al, "Domestication and divergence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae beer yeasts," Cell 166(6): 1397-1410 (8 September 2016).
Delphine Sicard & Jean-Luc Legras, "Bread, beer and wine: yeast domestication in the Saccharomyces sensu stricto complex," Comptes Rendus Biologies 334(3): 229-236 (March 2011).
Early Civilizations
Brian M. Fagan, World Prehistory, Pearson Education (2008).
Colin Renfrew, Prehistory, Modern Library (2007).
Peter Turchin et al, "War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies," PNAS (23 September 2013).
Sumer John Perlin, A Forest Journey, The Countryman Press (2005).
R. Alexander Bentley et al, "Community differentiation and kinship among Europe’s first farmers," PNAS 109(24): 9326–9330 (12 June 2012).
"Inequality dates back to Stone Age: earliest evidence yet of differential access to land," ScienceDaily (28 May 2012).
Heather Pringle, "The ancient roots of the 1%," Science 344(6186): 822 –825 (23 May 2014).
Religion Barbara Tedlock, The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine, Random House (2005).
Minoan Civilization
Jeffery R. Hughey et al, "A European population in Minoan Bronze Age Crete," Nature Communications (14 May 2013).
Carl Zimmer, "DNA deciphers roots of modern Europeans," The New York Times (10 June 2015).
Ancient Egypt
David O'Connor, "Egypt and the Levant in the Bronze Age," in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Crown Publishers (1980).
Andrew Grant, "Egypt wasn't built in a day, but it did rise quickly," Science News (9 September 2013).
Michael Dee et al, "An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling," Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (8 November 2013).
Horus image courtesy of Jeff Dahl.
pyramids photo courtesy of Ricardo Liberato.
José Ortitz, "Akhenaten," National Geographic History 2(1): 18–26 (March/April 2016).
Akhenaten photo courtesy of Gérard Ducher.
Nefertiti photo courtesy of Philip Pikart.
"The real King Tut was sick, crippled, and ugly," Nature World News (21 October 2014).
Rose Troup Buchanan, "King Tutankhamun did not die in chariot crash, virtual autopsy reveals," The Independent (20 October 2014).
Bronze Age Collapse
David Kaniewski et al, "Environmental roots of the Late Bronze Age Crisis," PLoS One (14 August 2013).
Isabel Kershner, "Pollen study points to drought as culprit in Bronze Age mystery," The New York Times (22 October 2013).
Iron Age
Thilo Rehren et al, "5,000 years old Egyptian iron beads made from hammered meteoritic iron," Journal of Archaeological Science (20 August 2013).
Ancient Rome
Simon Baker, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, Random House (2010).
Ian Sample, "Ancient Rome's tap water heavily contaminated with lead, researchers say," The Guardian (21 April 2014).
Steve Boyle & Stephanie Owens, North American Beaver (Castor canadensis): A Technical Conservation Assessment, USDA Forest Service (6 February 2007).
Black Death
Vanessa Thorpe, "Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers," The Guardian (29 March 2014).
Eutheria Zhe-Xi Luo et al, "A Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals," Nature 476: 442–445 (25 August 2011).
Grande Coupure
J.J. Hooker et al, "Eocene-Oligocene mammalian faunal turnover in the Hampshire Basin, UK: calibration to the global time scale and the major cooling event," Journal of the Geological Society 161(2): 161–172 (2004).
Meike Köhler & Salvador Moyà-Solà, "A finding of Oligocene primates on the European continent," PNAS 96(25): 14664–14667 (December 1999).