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Why Dwarfism?

Primates

  • Animalia

    The critically endangered island foxes on San Nicolas Island, California, are a diminutive descendent of grey foxes from the mainland. Island foxes weigh between 1 and 3 kilograms.

    Why Dwarfism?

    What is it about islands that makes big creatures turn small?

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  • Origins

    Monkeys All the Way Down

    Everyone’s likely heard it or seen it written on a protest sign: “I didn’t evolve from a monkey.” It’s a well-worn refrain of those who resist the evolutionary perspective. The pat response we often hear is, “You’re right! We didn’t evolve from monkeys. We share ancestors with them.” However, this talking point isn’t entirely honest. Yes, we share ancestors with monkeys; we share ancestors with every living thing. …