The Primate Diaries

   The Open Laboratory?! You’re kidding? Woo hoo!!!!!!!!
My post for Nature Network, Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion? has been selected for this year’s Open Laboratory as an example of the year’s best online science writing. For those who have followed the developments of Ardipithecus ramidus, it will interest you to know that Owen Lovejoy used this study as the basis for his argument that male provisioning was responsible for the origin of bipedalism.

Many thanks to Bora and Scicurious (this year’s guest editor) for selecting my piece. They should be announcing all the entries later today.


  1. #1 Ollitapio P.
    January 12, 2010

    Congratulations. I´m very happy about that. I own now Richard Dawkins´book about evolution proofs.

  2. #2 Blackbird
    January 13, 2010

    Congratulations Eric! I am new to your blog but I am already thoroughly enjoying it It is a superb post. The story has interesting ramifications, as the usual hypothesis of high sperm competition in chimps would be debunked if conception happens mainly during consortships. As data accumulates on chimp behaviour and subsequently genetic testing of offspring the story will get more and more interesting. By the way, that chimp in today’s post, has a great set of teeth, do you have a name for him/her?

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