Pharyngula

PZ Myers

Fins made of straw, easily knocked down

In response to Neil Shubin’s recent paper on the subject, and Carl Zimmer’s summary, the creationist Michael Denton criticizes evolutionary explanations for the vertebrate limb. It’s a bizarre argument. First, here’s the even shorter summary of the Shubin work. Ray-finned fish have, obviously enough, rays in their fins — rigid bony struts that provide structure.…

It lives up to its name. Down to its name? Something, anyway.

“Well, Johnny, when a mommy squid and a daddy squid love each other very much…” “But Mommy, did that one just bite the other one? And are those little bits of squid in the water?” “Holy Mother of God, Johnny, don’t look! Don’t look! They’re eating each other!” “Yes, they are, Mommy, and there is…

Friday Cephalopod: the lonely fisherman

It’s a quiet, lonely life for a squid in the deep, just drifting along, dangling a pair of lines, hoping to snag dinner. There are two videos of this squid, one from 2014 and another from 2013.

I suggest an unholy hybrid of the two.

The Thorny Devil and I have exactly the same expression right now.

I mean, really. This team of ‘scientists’ hijacked a valuable research submersible, strapped their gadget to it, and sent it cruising to a depth of 900 meters in the Pacific Ocean just to catch this goofy-looking purple thing. Listen to these people…buncha giggly teenagers. I’m a bit annoyed that they went to all this trouble…

Botanical Wednesday: Greasy grass

It grows to 1 or 2 meters tall, and it blanketed the land one time, when Indians tried to fight the government.

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Nice headgear