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Category Archive: Evolution

Jun 21 2013

Crypsis through disruptive coloration

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This is pretty nifty. I’ve found and lost the snake twice already. Trust me though: it’s there, as plain as day, not obscured in any fashion. Via the Cowboy Team Roping Facebook page.

Jun 08 2013

The argument from antifreeze

Another day, another stupid creationist argument. This time, it’s some pastor whining that biologists don’t understand how animals survive the winter. We don’t? These insects are not the only ones that hibernate – there are several others butterflies, insects, and even frog that make antifreeze in the fall and hibernate through the winter.  Insects in …

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Apr 28 2013

Oh, no, not the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis again!

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I think BAHFest — the festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses — has been made entirely redundant. It’s an event to mock the absurdly adaptationist hypotheses put forward by some scientists, and it’s intended to be extravagantly ridiculous. But then, you look at some ideas that are inexplicably popular among scientists, and you realize…it’s a …

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Apr 27 2013

Musings from the mind of a mouse

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Casey Luskin is such a great gift to the scientific community. The public spokesman for the Discovery Institute has a law degree and a Masters degree (in Science! Earth Science, that is) and thinks he is qualified to analyze papers in genetics and molecular biology, fields in which he hasn’t the slightest smattering of background, …

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Apr 20 2013

Coelacanths are unexceptional products of evolution

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The coelacanth genome has been sequenced, which is good news all around…except that I found a few of the comments in the article announcing it disconcerting. They keep calling it a “living fossil” — and you know what I think of that term — and they keep referring to it as evolving slowly The slowly …

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Apr 19 2013

Oh god yes yes

Oliver Knevitt has compiled his Top 5 Most Irritating Terms In Evolution Reporting. Read it, science journalists! They are: “Survival of the fittest.” Up yours, Herbert Spencer! “Living fossil.” What does that even mean? Do you really think modern coelacanths look anything like the ones from 100 million years ago? “Missing link.” It assumes a …

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Apr 13 2013

More lies from the Discovery Institute

Oh, christ. Another book is coming from those frauds at the DI, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. It’s Stephen Meyer’s unqualified, incompetent take on the Cambrian explosion. Casey Luskin has already given us three reasons we’re supposed to buy it. 1) It’s going to contain the …

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Apr 09 2013

Here comes the transhumanist hate mail!

My talk at Skeptech is now available on youtube. I am not kind to Transhumanism.

Mar 29 2013

What I taught today: O Cruel Taskmaster!

My students are also blogging here: My undergrad encounters Developmental Biology Miles’ Devo Blog Tavis Grorud’s Blog for Developmental Biology Thang’s Blog Heidi’s blog for Developmental Biology Chelsae blog Stacy’s Strange World of Developmental Biology Thoughts of Developmental Biology Biology~ I’m out of town! Class is canceled today! But still, my cold grip extends across …

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Mar 25 2013

What I taught today: those oddball critters, the vertebrates

My students are also blogging here: My undergrad encounters Developmental Biology Miles’ Devo Blog Tavis Grorud’s Blog for Developmental Biology Thang’s Blog Heidi’s blog for Developmental Biology Chelsae blog Stacy’s Strange World of Developmental Biology Thoughts of Developmental Biology Biology~ We’ve been talking about flies nonstop for the last month — it’s been nothing but …

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