Tag Archives: evolution

The Bearding

How is variation maintained in populations? This is a bit of a poser for evolutionary theory, especially in the realm of sexual selection. If males or females of a certain type always score highest in contests of mate choice, genes … Continue reading

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Careful With That Amphioxus, Eugene

Spare a thought for the amphioxus, a humble marine creature which spends its adult life buried in sand, filtering particles of food from seawater using its beautiful and elaborate system of gill slits. On the left is a picture of … Continue reading

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Echinoids

Here is a small collection of fossils. I’m posting this to celebrate the recovery of the second one along on the bottom row, found by me earlier today on Cromer East Beach while Crox Minor and I were walking the … Continue reading

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Creation, by Adam Rutherford

There’s a story, probably apocryphal, of how Winston Churchill gave a speech to the Free French, ill-advisedly in the tongue of Molière and Balzac. Quand je regarde mon derrière, boomed Britain’s great wartime leader, Je vois qu’il est divisé en deux parts. None … Continue reading

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Teeth

When I was a child one of my favourite books was Busy, Busy World by the late Richard Scarry. Each double-page spread was a story set in a particular country, and the characters were all animals. The story I remember … Continue reading

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Fishface

And now, a girrafe on a unicycle one of the most exciting areas in evolutionary biology at the moment – tracing the origins of gnathostomes, or jawed vertebrates. Before I start, I owe a debt of gratitude to our Latin-America … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design

When writers get together to chat, and when they’ve dispatched the introductory pleasantries of the inscrutability of agents and the availability of accountants, they’ll share war stories about their works, the sources of their inspiration, how to construct a novel, … Continue reading

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Bodies

Crox Minor (15), who has just gotten three GCSE examinations out of the way (all with A*s, I might add), and is embarking on a lot more this year, wants to be a surgeon. She has her heart set on … Continue reading

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Mammaloid

We editors at Your Favourite Weekly Professional Science Magazine Beginning With N are masters of misrule. We revel in discord. We thrive on disagreement. Nothing pleases us more than witnessing the more cerebral branches of human misery. Nothing pushes our … Continue reading

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Archicebus

The course of the news was slightly perturbed recently by the description of the 55-million-year-old fossil primate Archicebus achilles, which was published in Nature. (DISCLAIMER: I was the handling editor, and steered the paper from submission, through peer review, until … Continue reading

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