In a new report, scientific advisers to the federal government have highlighted the importance of teaching evolution in the public schools.

The report, from the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, comes as advocates of creationist-style instruction escalate their political opposition to evolution in several key states. The new document follows up on similar past publications, the last of which came out in 1999. But this one includes recently discovered evidence supporting evolution, including an important fossil find.

Released Jan. 3, the report explicitly takes issue with creationism and other anti-evolution views:

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