Fickleness is an odd thing. Why change your mind for no good reason? Well, if you are a fish, and picking a mate, predators may well be that reason. Choosing a mate is hard enough, especially when you have to invest a lot in reproduction and females often invest the lion’s share in reproduction (perhaps a [...]
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For an absolutely amazing and humbling look at the history of life on our planet, check out this amazing evolution timeline.
The sheer time span involved in this, from the inconceivably long period of basic multi-cellular life, to the tiny dot of hominids. It’s mind boggling to think just how long the planet’s been doing it’s thing, and [...]
Australopithecus sediba, found in South Africa. Something like a transitional form between Australopithecus and Homo, approx 1.9 mya. It has the teeth, legs and hips of an upright running Homo, but the arms and fists of an Australopithecus. Very interesting stuff.
Image: The U.W. 88-50 (MH 1) cranium. The cranium forms part of the holotype skeleton of [...]
Family genome time!
The first family’s genome has been sequenced (no, not THAT first family). A family of four (mom, dad and their two children) had their entire genomes sequenced and the results are now out in the online edition of Science. This particular family was chosen because their children both have two very, and I [...]
Not only do beewolves have a badass name, but they also have badass symbionts. Beewolves are a group of wasps that prey on bees (hence the badass name). These wasps lay their eggs underground in burrows, on carcasses of insects that the carnivorous larva eat once they hatch. An obvious downside to leaving your precious eggs [...]
Dr. Kenshu Shimada from DePaul University has found new evidence of massive prehistoric sharks in Kansas. While these sharks aren’t new to science, Dr. Shimada’s results suggest they were bigger than previously thought, about 10 m long (whale sharks have been recorded up to 12.6m). When I first read this headline my first thought was, well, [...]
Here’s an example about how maths is awesome, hard, but awesome!
Darwin’s finches have been a touchstone of evolutionary biology since, well, Darwin. These finches live on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and exhibit amazing variation in beak structure. The species of finches on the Galapagos have evolved to utilize a myriad of niches, [...]