the HP Mini is the perfect size for Charlie
Charlie is not impressed.
Charlie checks out the winner of the Great Darwin Beard contest.
Charlie ponders the trilobite. Sadly, this one cannot fly.
Charlie is thankful for Mendelian Genetics.
Charley and Rebecca study the latest findings in evolutionary biology
The die is cast, the votes are in, and the winner and grand Champion of the Great Darwin Beard Challenge is the affable, notable, not-quite-quotable (in polite company) Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News. It was a tough fight all around, and the three survivors put out some impressive beards, but it was Kevin by a chop. Congratulations Mr. Z, you are the fittest.
The scenario is familiar to us all – Some sort of disease begins in a small town or large city, it spreads rapidly, infecting everyone in its wake, the infected become mindless, murderous creatures, hellbent on consuming or converting everyone they encounter, the walking dead. Finally, through some heroic effort, the survivors either turn back the tide or find a stronghold from which the human race can be rebuilt. It is the Zombie Apocalypse.
Longtime readers know that I get really excited by clear (or not so clear) cases of convergent evolution. Pound for pound, convergence is the most persuasive evidence for the truth of evolution out there; different lineages finding novel paths to the same solution. While I mostly talk about convergences in morphology, genetic convergence is often even more fascinating. Enter the bizarre case of the serpent and the platypus.
The title of this post is followed by a question mark. That is because what follows is not a statement of fact but a puzzle that I have been mulling over in my head since a photograph was published early last year. I do fervently hope the authors of the paper will forgive me for not citing the picture directly, the full citation can be found at the end of this post. I do this only because I want to lead off with a mystery.