Laelaps

This Blog Has Moved

Laelaps is back up and running at my author website, http://brianswitek.com. Go there for new posts and updates on where this blog will ultimately settle. – Brian Update (09/14/10): After a few months of blogging on my own, I’m proud to say that Laelaps has made the jump over to the new WIRED Science blogging…

A Pepsi-Induced Hiatus Exodus

Important Update: The time has come to close things up here. I will no longer be blogging for ScienceBlogs.com. I am not sure where Laelaps will end up – perhaps back on WordPress, perhaps elsewhere – but you can be sure that I will keep on writing about saber-toothed cats, whales that walked, early humans,…

A normal giant gliding ant (left) and an infested ant (right). The red color of the gaster is not caused by a pigment, but thinning of the exoskeleton combined with the color of the nematode eggs. From Yanoviak et al, 2008. In one of my favorite episodes of the animated TV show Futurama, the chief…

A collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) baby, photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Pleased to meet you

“Worker Bee” by Motion City Soundtrack I have been writing here at ScienceBlogs.com for about two years and nine months now. Some of you have been reading my posts since I started here (thank you for sticking with me!), but readers come and go over time, and so I am jumping on board with the…

Rock formations near the “Natural Bridge” turnout in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah..

A toe bone from a Cretaceous ornithischian dinosaur, just laying on the ground. Photographed at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

The trailer for Shaun of the Dead. Not all zombies are created equal. The most popular zombie archetype is a shambling, brain-eating member of the recently deceased, but, in recent films from 28 Days Later to Zombieland, the definition of what a zombie is or isn’t has become more complicated. Does a zombie have to…

Eureka!

My contribution to the Sb-wide Zombie Day will soon be posted, but if you need something to sink your teeth into before then, check out today’s new issue of the Times of London science magazine Eureka (included inside the Times, for UK readers). Inside you will find two stories by me – one on paleobiology…

Out on the grassy plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, a group of six female topi antelope (Damaliscus lunatus) walk across the savanna. It is the time of the annual rut – a one and a half month period in which most males control small patches of land and try to attract adult females…