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A short story (possibility written in the 80's), where humans visit an alien race that evolves fast?

This is almost definitely Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward; the primitive (very briefly) race are the cheela and they live on the surface of a neutron star. The cheela - who are described as the ...
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Short Story ID: Academy of gifted children evolve beyond us & "resign from humanity"

"The First Men" aka "The Trap", a novelette by Howard Fast; first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1960, available at the Internet Archive; full ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

In the original Frank Herbert books, the Guild Navigators had been mutated over millennia by living and breathing in supersaturated spice gas, seemingly over many generations - in fact, it seemed they ...
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Old sci-fi story in which fleeing aliens merge with spiders on Earth in the prehistoric era

I'm wondering if this is a slightly garbled memory of The Possessed by Arthur C. Clarke. The description is exact save for the animal species not being spiders. Millions of years ago the Swarm had ...
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What is the earliest work of sci-fi that features crows as an advanced/technologically evolved species?

In Raymond Z. Gallun's classic novelette "Seeds of the Dusk" (first published in Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1938, available at the Internet Archive), crows have evolved near-human ...
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Looking for a story, from maybe the 1960's, in which an experimental world is rapidly evolved to solve problems

This is probably Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God" (1941), where the main character creates a little world and forces the beings inside - called Neoterics - to evolve and solve problems ...
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Short story about intelligence being only an evolutionary stage to ensure interstellar propagation

The Locusts by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes A colony expedition to Tau Ceti ends up de-volving into apelike creatures. There are no men on Tau Ceti IV ... There are things in the forest. They prefer ...
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Short Story with a simple form of machine evolution

This is probably Poul Anderson's story "Epilogue" which fits all of the details you mention. There's a discussion of the story at http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2013/08/...
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What was the first science fiction story that got evolution right?

1895 It could very well be H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1895). In it, the unnamed Time Traveller travels to A.D. 802,701. There, humanity has been split into two distinct species, the frail, ...
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What book follows family groups through the history of human evolution?

I'm going to guess at Evolution (2004) by Stephen Baxter. Per Amazon Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, Evolution is a soaring symphony of ...
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Long isolated human colony. People live in trees and have changed a lot. A 'pursemaker' is in danger, he is on trial for heresy

James Blish's "The Thing in the Attic" Honath the Pursemaker is a heretic. He doesn’t believe the stories in the Book of Laws which claims giants created his tree-dwelling race. He makes ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

This is based entirely on Frank Herbert’s Dune and sequels: Guild Navigators have been living in vats full of spice for years (possibly centuries). The spice in large quantities alters physical ...
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Novel where humans evolve into less-intelligent species

This is Evolution by Stephen Baxter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_(Baxter_novel)) Your memory of "current events type stuff" may come from...the extinction of mankind! Blockquote Human ...
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Identifying this artwork source (and artist) of a 'future human' (NSFW)

It looks like it comes from the March 1971 edition of Playboy. The article is entitled "Polluted Man" by Arthur Kretchmayer, with illustrations by Don Punchatz. It concerns the form of the ...
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Show of a guy from a human evolved future who travels back to 20th century to find other time traveler and save humanity

This is Time Trax. In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals become fugitives of law enforcement by traveling back in time two hundred years to a parallel Universe, using a time machine called Trax....
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A psychic science fiction book I read in the 80's an MIT rock star that sings to a flower and it sings back

Star Fire by Ingo Swann. Dan Meriweather is the rock star who has psychic abilities. From the book: It had happened in a country meadow while he was at work on composing a new song. The words ...
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Novel that involves small predatory creatures quickly adapting wings

Is this Menace From the Deep (2013) by Michael P. Spradlin...? Emmet Doyle is not in the best mood when he arrives in Florida City. His father is a wildlife biologist, and has been summoned to the ...
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Old sci fi story about a ship that arrives on an alien planet and watches evolution from bacteria to whatever comes after man

"Student Body", a novelette by F. L. Wallace, available at Project Gutenberg, also my answer to the old question Short story about human colonists vs. alien animals that evolve very rapidly. ...
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Sci-fi serial movie: Hyper-evolved human "queen" captured by scientists

I'm fairly certain you watched an episode of Wayward Pines I cant find the exact scene you describe but see if this looks familiar;
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What is the first sci-fi media to discuss human evolution into a non-corporeal being?

Olaf Stapledon's Star Maker (1937) is narrated by a human who becomes noncorporeal, encounters various other disembodied minds, and ponders this development as part of the evolutionary destiny of ...
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Scifi anthology - Contains terraforming robots story

I think this is Walter Jon Williams' "Dinosaurs" as the commenter above suggests The story that caught my attention was about a mammalian species that recently had to destroy some "...
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Short Story with a simple form of machine evolution

A novel, not a short story, is a quirky tale by James Hogan, Code of the Lifemaker. 1983. ISFDB: https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/se.cgi?arg=code+of+the+lifemaker&type=Fiction+Titles (Though ISFDB ...
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90s Novel About Sentient Rocks

"Phylum Monsters" by Hayford Peirce. The Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide's review mentions: people communicating via sentient, telepathic Martian rocks Robert Claybom, life-stylist 29,354 ...
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Old sci fi story about a ship that arrives on an alien planet and watches evolution from bacteria to whatever comes after man

Might you be thinking of "Mutation Planet" (1973) by Barrington J. Bayley as per Planet of animals that evolve in minutes? Filled with ominous mutterings, troubled by ground-trembling ...
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Is it known what conditions caused the Gungan species to diverge morphologically?

If you accept an answer based on a pre-Disney era source, the divergence of the Gungan races was the result of the early Ankura emerging onto land the early Otolla submerging in waters. Star Wars: The ...
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Old sci-fi story in which fleeing aliens merge with spiders on Earth in the prehistoric era

Aside from the Clarke story, it may have merged with "The Green Drift" by John Lymington. I read it as "The Green Spiders Came Tomorrow", and it has spiders, time paradox, and if I'...
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Science of Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children

As Moo says in the comments the first book covers the science of this at great length. A summary can be found on wikipedia but you have the general gist. Built into the human genome are non-coding ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

H. Beam Piper's Paratime series takes as its premise the idea that humans came originally from Mars. In the first story to explain this ("Police Operation" (1948)) we have "Purely ...
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Looking for paperback short story collection on human evolution published before 1960

The first story sounds a lot like "The Golden Man" by Phillip K. Dick. The publication timeframe is good but it does not appear to have been anthologized, only appearing in Dick's own short ...
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Why are only a tiny number of Goa'uld capable of spawning?

Goa'uld reproduction has always been described as "primarily asexual" but it is said queens have the ability to fertilize their own "eggs". Most people don't even know these terms or think they're ...
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