These are shorter posts, coming in at less than 2000 words (as a general rule of thumb – the distinction between big and small is fluid).
2 posts on the same phenomenon, since I forgot I had written the first one. Dreadful, but at least they cover slightly different areas.
Or, on the evolution of anisogamy.
- Fluctuating selection, canalisation, and evolvability: Why macroevolution is not “microevolution writ large”
I absolutely hate that saying. Read why here.
- Guest Post: Rise of the Evolutionary Theory
A guest post by Jessica Reynolds on the pre-Darwinian influencers of evolution.
Basics of spider eyes.
In which I attempt to show that group selection is valid, and that the controversy is moot.
Exemplified with the woodpecker finch.
EO Wilson wrote an article saying the best scientists are the ones who daydream, not those who do maths. Here’s my opinion on this perspective.
Similarity does not equal homology. Homology is what we use for phylogenetics.
Repeat after me: “There is more to evolution than natural selection.”
Not mammalian placentas, but bryozoan embryophores serve the same function.
An introduction and example of how thin sections of bones can tell us information about their progenitors.
One of the most important evolutionary cooptions that took place in some plants.
A short, requested profile of one of the earliest chordates.
The ancestry of mammals is run through in this post.
Snapping shrimp, pistol shrimp, whatever else they’re called.
- Palaeoclimate Analogs to Modern Climate Change: The Mid-Late Cretaceous.
Maybe the start of a new series?
Flounder, halibut, sole, turbot. Also, asymmetric bilaterians o_o
Cyanobacteria that will kill you and use your phosphorus.
A sea slug that captures chloroplasts from its food and uses them to photosynthesise.
An interesting group of planthopper, actively researched in evolutionary biology and agriculture.
An intro to the biology and phylogenetic placement of this enigmatic wormy animal phylum.
A guest post by Sarah Rexman from BedBugs.org, about the sadistic freaks that impregnate their females by stabbing them in the abdomen with their penis and feed on you while you sleep..
How does speciation occur?
An offshoot from a debate I was having on the ethics of zoos.
As the title says.
Guest blog by Jemima Lopez from Zen College Life. Useful for any Twitter users among you.
A crash course in “reptile” systematics.
A guest post series by Sophieon the use of microalgae.
Just an update on its limbs based on a new paper.
A bit (all I know) about marine fungi.
A bit of info on his work and influence, in honour of the centenary of his death.
The last word is what affects the previous ones. Read the post to find out how.
That’s not the title of the post, but it’s what it’s about. Very basic generalised introduction, pending a possible full post.
My own opinion, YMMV.
- Hymenoptera: Dryinidae
I love convoluted life cycles.
Very basic look at higher-level systematics and fossil record.
The basics of barnacles.
A small introduction into arguably the most important of the Cambrian fossil localities.
Dedicated to those who wonder why environmental protection is even necessary, although I have reasonable doubts about whether they even know how to read…
- Kickass Mutualisms: Lycaenids + Ants
A glimpse into nature’s diversity and all that.
Who was Avicenna?
Touching on the most important points about them, since I’m not good enough in vertebrate zoology to write a full post on them.
Not everything, I just identify the two I consider as most important.
Originally a call for money for a temporary money-raising effort, now a basic intro to the Devils.
UHU’s got nuthin on the orb-weavers.
In other words: How the mommy insect decides where to lay her eggs.
The theory behind how cows get their spots.
Introduction to the antagonistic pleiotropy and mutation accumulation hypotheses.
Orchids are the clowns of the plant world.
Yes, but how did we get to that conclusion?
A template for how to describe new species of animals.