In both Astronomy and Biology, time distorts our perception of sameness

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    Among the many celestial bodies that the ancient Greeks told stories about, they … [Read more...]

Everybody poops: a new discovery challenges biologists to ask more questions about the evolution of the anus

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William E. Browne, an evolutionary biologist of the University of Miami in Florida, showed publicly … [Read more...]

Evolution vs. Creationism: The toaster argument

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The I-95 turnpike is the epitome of New Jersey, an entire state that in itself is really just a way … [Read more...]

Phylogeny of elves finds that santa’s workers are actually dwarves

Abstract This study reconstructs the evolutionary tree of elves using 26 life history, … [Read more...]

What do scientists do? Part II – A tribute to taxonomists

The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands are huge, weighing up to 550 lbs (250 kg) and with a … [Read more...]

Cockroaches aren’t as good at surviving as we thought

If you exist on planet earth for more than about 15 years you’re almost guaranteed to “know” a few … [Read more...]

Notes from the field: What does a scientist do?

If I were to ask you, describe a scientist, what would you say? My impression is that people think … [Read more...]

Mating Systems

Last blog I mentioned some specifics about horse shoe crab mating behavior and decided that I was … [Read more...]

The puzzling case of the twisted sisters

In the business of making evolutionary trees you’re always on the lookout for a conundrum. … [Read more...]

A biologist’s bucket list

For every biologist there is a list of natural events or places that must be experienced once in … [Read more...]