An Ode to Grasses

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This is my reply to a post by Coturnix called The Hopeless Monster? Not so fast! First, the phylogeny of the discussion. Olivia Judson wrote this: The Monster Is Back, and It's Hopeful Which was responded to here: Hopeless Monsters--A Guest Post from Dr. Jerry Coyne That dyad of posts was passed…
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Olivia Judson hits exactly the right note in her article about Charles Darwin and the coming centennial year of The Origin: brilliant fellow who revolutionized our thinking, but he wasn't the only one and he definitely wasn't the final word on evolution. So let's party! This is going to be a great…