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The Sex Lives of Spoonworms: 10 marine animals with parasitic, dwarf, and otherwise reduced males

biology, deep sea, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 31, 2013

Earlier this week, Fox News commentator and all-around terrific guy* Erick Erickson, while discussing a recent Pew Study that revealed that women were the sole breadwinners in 40% of US households that contain children, had this to say: “I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say […]

America’s lust for gigantic breasts leads to impotence: the population genetics of captive-reared turkeys

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 23, 2011

The noble turkey, a centerpiece of the American Thanksgiving supper. It looms large from its prominent position on the dining room table. The master of ceremonies – or, in my case, the guy who keeps slicing himself open with various sharp objects yet is inexplicably the one people call on when there’s knife-work needs doing […]

In sexual selection and thermoregulation, bigger is better, at least for fiddler crabs

biology, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 21, 2011

Imagine yourself a fiddler crab. For this exercise, imagine yourself a male fiddler crab. Are you with me? Great. Check out your right claw, it’s a sleek, slender machine, perfect for picking through the sand as you sift out bacteria and other microorganisms for food. It also makes a handy shovel for digging nice deep […]

Non-Monophyly within Syngnathidae

biology, evolution, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 16, 2010

Objective 1: Develop the least publicly accessible title for a blog post about seadragons, mate selection, and evolution Objective 1 Status: complete Objective 2: Draw in whatever readers push passed the unwieldy title with an unconventional narrative structure. Objective 2 Status: complete Objective 3: Hook the reader with a fascinating, though brief, background on seahorses, […]

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