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Has it really been One Year?

One year ago today the current incarnation of evolgen at ScienceBlogs was launched. A lot has happened in that year — we junked DNA; we became terrified of manatees; we were voted the sexiest blog in all of scibloggistan by Nature; we were awarded the Nobel prizes for Physiology or Medicine, Peace, and Literature; we…

Some Questions about Human Populations

First of all, do you consider the terms “Caucasian” and “of European ancestry” synonyms? How about the use of those terms in the popular press? If the two terms are equivalent in the common vernacular, which one do you prefer? What about the words “race” and “ethnicity”? Are they equivalent in the common vernacular? Should…

I Didn’t Think it Means What it Means

After beating a dead centaur yesterday, Dictionary.com’s word of the day for today seems quite appropriate: chimerical \ky-MER-ih-kuhl; -MIR-; kih-\, adjective: 1. Merely imaginary; produced by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; fantastic; improbable or unrealistic. 2. Given to or indulging in unrealistic fantasies or fantastic schemes. I would have thought chimerical meant…

It Happens Again

Why, it seems like just last week that we were kvetching about the ad nominum attacks upon our character — or, at least, the spelling of our blog’s name. The people who add an extra “V” (turning evolgen into evolvgen) are lightweights compared to those who confuse us with Evolution Blog. As of today, we…

Seven Simple Letters

It’s evolgen. E-V-O-L-G-E-N. Think “evil jen“. One thing our blog is not is “evolvgen”. Notice the extra “v”. We do, and we don’t like it. You may like calendars with nekkid people or studying some insignificant primate. But, whatever you fancy, whatever floats your boat, whatever tickles your noodly appendage, please leave off the second…

Ecology Blogs

My call for ecology blogs went better than expected. I expected next to nothing, but I got more than nothing — at least enough to consider it further away from nothing than next to it. Anyhow, I have compiled a list of blogs below the fold. They are grouped into those that deal with the…

Are There Any Ecologists in the House?

There are certain scientific disciplines that are well represented in the blogosphere. Bioinformatics comes to mind. As does physics. But these are computer savvy people who probably spend quite a bit of time hooked up to the interwebs. How about scientists that need to get their hands dirty? Like ecologists. Does anyone know of any…

Yo, Dudes, Surf’s Up on this Meme

Everyone’s jumping on this meme, but I’m not gonna do it. Ooops . . . Looks like I just did it. Anyway, blogging’s been light recently. Hopefully I can get my act together and have some posts up later this week. And by “get my act together” I mean procrastinate from doing real work by…

Two Years Ago Today . . .

Two years ago today (November 21, 2004 at 11:23 AM) I launched evolgen in its original incarnation. The first post, entitled “First Post”, celebrated the occasion: This is the first post to the evolgen blog. Not much to say other than there is more to come (hopefully). The first evolutionary genetics post didn’t happen until…