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evolution

A recipe for the evolution of smaller fish stocks?

Chemistry of the Great Big Blue, evolution, fisheries, Natural Science, Science, toxicologyNovember 11, 2010

Overfishing is most often implicated as the cause of decreasing fish stocks and that makes a lot of logical sense if you’ve ever seen a large commercial trawler unload its catch. But there very well might be another force at work in the precipitous decline in fish stocks worldwide: pollution. The basic premise is that […]

Grampa Hagfish: say hello to your greatest uncle

biology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 20, 2010

Today is Hagfish Day! Who knew? What is a hagfish? Hagfish are primitive eel-like chordates make famous for their relative unattractiveness*, profuse production of slime, and charismatic ability to tie themselves in knots. They are perhaps the only ‘fish’ that possesses a skull, but no vertebral column. But the question “What is a hagfish?” goes […]

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, […]

Our favorite sea monsters – The Giant Manta Special Edition

biology, Conservation, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceSeptember 8, 2010

Sea Monsters, mythical beasts of legend and lore that ply the world’s oceans, sinking ships, terrifying sailors, swallowing entire crews whole. Sea monsters occupy a special place in our imagination. The ocean is huge, unfathomable. Of course mighty beast could dwell within, undetected. Every once in a long while, the myths, the legends, the stories, […]

Bone-eating worms and contorted creationist thinking

evolution, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceSeptember 7, 2010

I tend to avoid the creationist blogs. Every time I get sucked into that vortex of pseudoscience, I find the exact same debunked claims that were bunk when I was 12. There are better bloggers out there who have the energy and patience to systematically dissect the same tired old rubbish day after day, but I’m […]

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