The Intersection

It was a long, hard, and tumultuous battle, but the clash of the titans that began here at The Intersection–that will go down in science blogging history as the Great Marine Invertebrate Wars–has ended.  And yes readers, our own fighting echinoderm has emerged victorious! 

The final showdown happened this weekend when Jason of Cephalopodcast brought [pins of] the inverts to ScienceOnline’09 so attendees could take sides by declaring allegiances. And those poor squiggly cephalopods didn’t stand a chance… It was literally a blowout as echinoderm fever took the blogging conference by storm!

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Bora, Vanessa, and I led the charge and even Kevin’s Saturday sea shanty couldn’t hope to save the sinking molluscs. And with that, another war is over

So congratulations to echinoderms everywhere–especially, my very favorite, the ever-charismatic sea cucumber.  Long live Holothuroidea!

Comments

  1. #1 Ashutosh
    January 19, 2009

    When I was a fledgling biology student, Echinodermata was my favourite phylum.
    On a different note, I wanted to alert you to the following book:
    Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media (Communicating Science in the Information Age)

  2. #2 Kevin Z
    January 19, 2009

    Wow, this is the epitome of one-sided reporting. It was quite different perspective “in the trenches”. This is far from over Sheril Kirshenbaum!

  3. #3 Coturnix
    January 19, 2009

    I proudly wore my Echinoderm button on Saturday!

  4. #4 Jason R
    January 19, 2009

    Now that the first skirmish is/isn’t settled, anyone up for a polychaete versus arthropod kerfuffle?

  5. #5 Ed Yong
    January 20, 2009

    They just *want* you to think that the war is over. Cephalopods are intelligent that way.

  6. #6 Sman
    January 20, 2009

    Jason R wrote:

    Now that the first skirmish is/isn’t settled, anyone up for a polychaete versus arthropod kerfuffle?

    I’m thinking that battle occurred during the Ordovician as I often find the remains of crinoids and scolecodonts intermingled from rocks of that age. 🙂

  7. #7 Southern Fried Scientist
    January 20, 2009

    Judging by the amount of libations consumed at the conference,it is clear that the fungi have once again emerged triumphant.

  8. #8 Philip H.
    January 22, 2009

    I demand a recount – there is no representation of mollusca there, and denying mollusks the right to be heard is . . . . not racism . . . . speciesism? And equally important, how do we get our buttons out here in the “real” world?

  9. #9 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    January 22, 2009

    And equally important, how do we get our buttons out here in the “real” world?

    Details in comments here.

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