Gene Expression

10,000 years of natural selection

Below the fold is an image of a fine specimen of fitness being signalled by aesthetic characters….


Update: Behold, the oogly-cat:


  1. #1 j-Dog
    April 17, 2006

    Arf, Arf! Woof, Woof!

  2. #2 Matt L
    April 17, 2006

    you hardly ever see an ugly feline.

  3. #3 razib
    April 17, 2006

    wut, do you live in bev. hills or something? there are some nasty pussies out there!

  4. #4 Agnostic
    April 17, 2006

    Awww! Looks pretty long-haired — does he have a feather duster tail?

  5. #5 razib
    April 17, 2006

    she! and yeah.

  6. #6 NuSapiens
    April 18, 2006

    That’s a good question: why do humans feel felines are so good looking. Especially given that ancestral hominids had some kitty problems with megafauna like the saber-toothed cat. Maybe because felines resemble Erectus somewhat?

  7. #7 pconroy
    April 18, 2006

    Razib, Agnostic,

    Aren’t you cat lovers worried at all about, Toxoplasmosis Gondii??

    Or do you reckon it’s too late already… you’ve already been infected, and don’t look back…

  8. #8 pconroy
    April 18, 2006

    Plus how can you trust cats?

    See what they do when you leave the house:

  9. #9 Agnostic
    April 18, 2006

    I’ve been around cats since infancy, so whatever I’ve got, I’ve got. Non cat-lovers don’t understand, but you’re asking something like: Hey parent, don’t you wonder about what gross germs your children are giving you, what w/ not washing their hands and playing in garbage, etc.?

    Of course, I make sure to wash my hands if my cat has rested his paws on them, licked them, etc.

  10. #10 pconroy
    April 19, 2006


    I hope you don’t mean that you are a parent and you have cat children??

    In either case, I do have a 2.5 yo daughter (human), and do wonder about these things, and train her to wash her hands after doing anything unsavory…

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