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Archives for January, 2008

I can haz domesticashun?

A recently published study has used microsatelite markers to discover that domesticated cats originated in the Middle East, a finding that reinforces earlier archeological research. The abstract reads: The diaspora of the modern cat was traced with microsatellite markers from the presumed site of domestication to distant regions of the world. Genetic data were derived…

A SET update

Unlike Razib, my reading of Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory isn’t progressing. This is for a number of reasons but primary among them is a busy week service-wise coupled with other reading that must take priority if I’m going to be coherent in class. Looking at the beast in question, I’m guessing weekends will…

Grey-faced sengi described

This is a grey-faced sengi, Rhynchocyon udzungwensis, a new species of giant elephant shrew that has been described in the February issue of Journal of Zoology (Lond.) (on whose editorial board I sit). It’s a 700g beastie, so it is hefty for an elephant shrew. Photo by AFP & California Academy of Sciences.

Only the lonely beetle

Just a brief notice that my ASU colleague Quentin Wheeler has named a species of whirligig beetle after Roy Orbison. Orectochilus orbisonorum, which resides in India “is unique among Indian Gyrinidae and Orectochilus lacordaire, in general, since the ventral surfaces are white as the result of clear areas of cuticle allowing internal tissues to be…

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Designing Darwin

DESIGNING DARWIN – Prize competition Organized by the British Society for the History of Science Outreach & Education Committee The year 2009 sees both the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth (on 12th February) and the 150th birthday of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species. In anticipation of the celebrations, the BSHS Outreach…

Questions you can’t ask

Apparently there are some questions you just can’t ask. The cdesign proponentsists maintain that the truth is being stifled by their not being allowed ask "difficult" questions of evolutionary biology. Yet we need to remember that supporters of intelligent design have questions that they avoid, often by censorship of the kind they accuse mainstream science.…

Darwin and Marx

Razib notes "I’m sure you know that Marx was a keen follower of Darwin’s theory." Eh, no. Not so much.

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