#1 Protein Functional Redundancy
Comparing the sequences of amino acids in ubiquitous proteins confirms the relationship between all living things.
#2 DNA Functional Redundancy
Comparison of the DNA that codes for the amino acids of ubiquitous proteins predicts the tree of life with an astonishing degree of accuracy.
Endogenous retroviruses that infected our ancestors are found in the same place of the genome of our closest primate cousins.
#4 Smelly Genes
Hundreds of broken genes that used to code for olfactory receptors in our ancestors are still found in our genome.
#5 Vitamin C
Why humans can no longer make their own vitamin C and what that tells us about our species' history.
#6 Human Chromosome 2
Our second biggest chromosome is made up of two of our ancestors' chromosomes stuck end-to-end.
#7 Human Egg Yolk Gene
Humans and our primate cousins have the genes for making vitellogenin and they are all broken in the same way.
#8 Jumping Genes
Bits of parasitic code called ALU elements prove our common ancestry with primates.
#9 Less Chewing More Thinking
A broken gene for a type of muscle fibre we no longer have tells a story about our evolutionary past.
#10 Non-Coding DNA
In common with many other species huge amounts of our genome originated as copying errors.
An amazing fossil discovery illustrates the transition of life from sea to land.
#12 Lenski's E.coli Experiment
An experiment with E.Coli, now in it's third decade, demonstrates the power of natural selection.
#13 Morris Minor Bonnets
Evolution has to make do with building on existing designs as illustrated by the recurrent laryngeal nerve.
#14 Joey Goes to Oz
Fossil evidence for the origins of marsupials found in Antarctica exactly as predicted.
#15 Robinson Crusoe
The biogeography of oceanic islands presents an impossible dilemma for creationism.
#16 Aquatic Mammals
An excellent sequence of fossils illustrates the evolutionary journey of whales from land to sea.
#17 Belyaev's Silver Foxes
A 50 year breeding programme demonstrates the amazing power of selection and the interconnected nature of genes.
#18 Fish Fingers
The evolution of limbs is mapped out in an amazing sequence of ancient fish fossils.
A vestigial reflex bequeathed by our hairier ancestors.
#20 Lucy in the Sky...
An exceptional fossil of a 3 million year old hominid.
#21 Footprints in the Sand...
Footprints at Laetoli show our Australopithecus afarensis ancestors were bipedal 3.6 million years ago.
#22 The Hillocks of Hiss...
A vestigial feature if the human ear shared by 10% of the population demonstrates our evolutionary history.
#23 Faunal Succession...
The consistent sequence of fossils found in the rocks can only be explained by evolution.
#24 The Origin of Your Inner Ear...
How the bones that reptiles eat with became the bones that we hear with.
#25 Deep Time...
Scottish geologist Andrew Hutton discovered the proof of earth's great antiquity.
#26 Colour Vision...
How gene duplication - new "information" -and mutation equipped us with trichromatic vision.
#27 Monkeys, Typewriters,
Shakespeare, 747s etc...
Evolution is a combination of random mutations and non-random selection.
#28 Something Darwin Didn't Say...
A long term study of pigeons demonstrates how natural selection acts on a local population.
#29 Use it or Lose it...
Fossil genes reveal the history of modern species.
#30 Your Third Eyelid...
The remnants of a nictitating membrane reveals our evolutionary history.
#31 Ten Questions For Creationists ...
The basic facts about reality covered so far pose an impossible challenge to creationism.
#32 Sexual Selection
How female mating preferences led to some of the most remarkable features of living things.
#33 A Tale About Tails
Human embryology reveals our primate history.
#34 Hiccups and Tadpoles
How hiccups are a relic of our amphibian ancestors.
#35 Nature Red in Tooth and Claw
Nature's ability to inflict pain and suffering in the battle for survival.
#36 Mass Extinctions
96% of life was wiped out in The Great Dying 250 million years ago.
The plumbing of the vas deferens gives evidence of our fish ancestry
#38 The Origin of Complex Cells
How a merger of simple cells made complexity possible
#39 Homologous Structures
Evidence for common ancestry in our shared anatomy.
#40 What Use is Half an Eye?
First steps in the evolution of complex eyes.