The Primate Diaries

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A Primate of Modern Aspect combines two of my favorite things in his blogging: excellent analytical skills and blog posts filled with primates. Make sure to add him to your RSS feed. To get a sampling of his work, check out his recent post that was accepted into the latest edition of Scientia Pro Publica (over at Greg Laden’s Blog):

Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases around. It’s caused by little Plasmodium protozoans that are transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. The female mosquito picks up the protozoans from one host, and then, once the parasites have made it up into her salivary glands, she is able to inject the parasites into another animal. Once in the new host, most strains of malaria travel to the liver, where they differentiate and multiply until their host cells burst. Then, they leave the liver to infect the red blood cells, where they differentiate, eat, and reproduce. Malaria can be deadly in many cases, particularly with Plasmodium falciparum, and extremely unpleasant when not fatal. Since it’s so deadly and common, malaria has been a rather strong selective pressure throughout human evolution.


  1. #1 Zinjanthropus
    July 13, 2009

    Thanks for the link!

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