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Anne-Marie writes, in Hot Mommas Make Boys: A study published in the latest edition of the Journal of Mammalogy reports the results of a 30 year study on a population of northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), which shows that the male:female pup ratio is significantly higher in years with warmer sea surface temperature and weaker…

Big Beagle Project news

It appears that the Beagle Project crew will have a trial run on the Brazilian ship Tocorime – not a replacement for building the Beagle, but getting the feet wet, seeing what is involved, learning from the experience, before the Real Deal. Funded by the British Council, they will circumnavigate around South America following that…

Meetings I’d like to go to….Part V

Genetic Manipulation of Pest Species: Ecological and Social Challenges: In the past 10 years major advances have been made in our ability to build transgenic pest strains that are conditionally sterile, harbor selfish genetic elements, and express anti-pathogen genes. Strategies are being developed that involve release into the environment of transgenic pest strains with such…

Carl Zimmer on Darwin (video)

Darwin Day recap

On Thursday, for Darwin’s 200th birthday, I went down to Raleigh to the Museum of Natural Science to hear Carl Zimmer’s talk. The room was packed – I got the last empty seat and there were people standing in the back. A very mixed audience, as Museum talks usually are – there were evolutionary biologists…

Darwin Day in the Blogosphere

Lots of excitement this week on science blogs and other fans of reality. The biggest biggy of the biggest biggies is Blog For Darwin blog swarm – submit your entries here. But there are some other, smaller initiatives out there. For instance, this Darwin Meme. And Darwinfest haiku contest. And if you are blogging more…

This will be on the campus of UNC Wilmington and I’ll do my best to be there if possible: Darwin’s Legacy: Evolution’s Impact on Science and Culture March 19-21, 2009 UNCW’s Evolution Learning Community will be hosting “Darwin’s Legacy: Evolution’s Impact on Science and Culture,” a multidisciplinary student conference on March 19-21, 2009. The conference…

Darwin Day on Twitter

No, really, it was Anne-Marie’s idea. She started it! Yeah, don’t look at me! Charles Darwin is on Twitter, Alfred Wallace is on Twitter, Richard Owen is on Twitter, even Bishop Wilberforce (aka Soapy Sam) is on Twitter. Where is Huxley? We are already having fun retweeting non-existent Darwin tweets I hope the real Darwin…

As you may remember, this week we have a special guest here in the Triangle – Carl Zimmer is coming to enjoy NC BBQ and, since he’s already here on the 12th, to give the Darwin Day talk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh (directions): “Darwin and Beyond: How Evolution Is…

An Awesome Whale Tale

When I was a little kid, almost nothing was known about evolution of whales. They were huge, they were marine and they were mammals, but their evolutionary ancestry was open to speculation. Some (like Darwin himself) hypothesized that the terrestrial ancestor of whales looked like a bear. Others favored the idea of a hippo-like or…