It was a long, hard, and tumultuous battle, but the clash of the titans that began here at The Intersection--that will go down in science blogging history as the Great Marine Invertebrate Wars--has ended. And yes readers, our own fighting echinoderm has emerged victorious!
The final showdown happened this weekend when Jason of Cephalopodcast brought [pins of] the inverts to ScienceOnline'09 so attendees could take sides by declaring allegiances. And those poor squiggly cephalopods didn't stand a chance... It was literally a blowout as echinoderm fever took the blogging conference by storm!
So congratulations to echinoderms everywhere--especially, my very favorite, the ever-charismatic sea cucumber. Long live Holothuroidea!
When I was a fledgling biology student, Echinodermata was my favourite phylum.
On a different note, I wanted to alert you to the following book:
Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media (Communicating Science in the Information Age)
Wow, this is the epitome of one-sided reporting. It was quite different perspective "in the trenches". This is far from over Sheril Kirshenbaum!
I proudly wore my Echinoderm button on Saturday!
Now that the first skirmish is/isn't settled, anyone up for a polychaete versus arthropod kerfuffle?
They just *want* you to think that the war is over. Cephalopods are intelligent that way.
Jason R wrote:Now that the first skirmish is/isn't settled, anyone up for a polychaete versus arthropod kerfuffle?
I'm thinking that battle occurred during the Ordovician as I often find the remains of crinoids and scolecodonts intermingled from rocks of that age. :)
Judging by the amount of libations consumed at the conference,it is clear that the fungi have once again emerged triumphant.
I demand a recount - there is no representation of mollusca there, and denying mollusks the right to be heard is . . . . not racism . . . . speciesism? And equally important, how do we get our buttons out here in the "real" world?
And equally important, how do we get our buttons out here in the "real" world?
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