Category Archive: Organisms

Jul 30 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Maybe I should visit this place

Oxford Botanical Garden

Next week, I think I will!

Jul 28 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cartilage!

Adam Summers

Jul 25 2014

I like this hypothesis


But we have to be clear that it is only a hypothesis at this point. I was reading about domestication syndrome (DS) — selecting animals for domestication has a whole collection of secondary traits that come along for the ride, in addition to tameness. We are selecting for animals that tolerate the presence of humans, …

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Jul 25 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Not a bird with a curved beak, or a curvy flower

Ilan Lubitz

But still curvy.

Jul 24 2014

It’s mayfly season!


Every year around this time, we can expect a sudden eruption of clouds of mayflies to emerge, as Gwen Pearson describes. There have been a few times I’ve been out driving when caught in it, and the car gets coated with brown dead bug smears, to the point where visibility is a serious problem. But …

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Jul 23 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Cruel bird

This bird, over many generations, has warped the poor Centropogon‘s flower into that bizarre curve.

Jul 21 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Cruel flower


This flower, over many generations, has warped the poor buff-tail sicklebilled hummingbird’s beak into that bizarre curve.

Jul 18 2014

Friday Cephalopod: You don’t need knees to be mobile

I’m suddenly seeing more to admire in the beautiful octopus.

Jul 16 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Kiss, kiss

bloginicio flora

Jul 14 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Respect for the nematomorph


There’s a new vampire series on FX by Guillermo Del Toro, The Strain. I haven’t seen it — I don’t get that channel — but I’ve read the book, which I found interesting for making vampires utterly disgusting, and also for stealing biological analogues for the infection (alas, I thought the story started very well …

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