Category Archives: evolution

A new feathered and four-winged dinosaur

Now that my book’s turned in, I have a chance to catch up on the stack of biology papers I’ve had to neglect. I hope to be posting more about them in the next couple of weeks, but be aware that the Dreaded Edits to the book will come back when I’ve returned from Poland, […]

There are no ring species

TRIGGER WARNING: Evolutionary biology. A while back, when I said in the comments of an evolution post that there were no good “ring species,” a few readers asked me what I meant by that. “What about the salamander Ensatina eschscholtzii? Or seagulls in the genus Larus? Aren’t those good ring species?” My answer was that those […]

Evolution 2014: Daniel Matute, Dobzhansky Prize winner

by Greg Mayer At the end of last month I attended the Evolution 2014 meetings in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jerry already posted one note about the meetings from Mohamed Noor’s tw**t about the “banana creationist” who protested outside the meeting, and I’ll have a few more posts to add. A good place to start is […]

Tim White pwns a creationist student

Don Prothero posted this video on his Facebook page, and though it’s four years old, it’s a model of how to politely answer a creationist’s question. In this case, the creationist seems to be a student is at Berkeley (what???), and the professor is Tim White, the famous paleontologist who worked on hominins, especially australopithecines like […]

Karl Giberson is puzzled why theistic evolution isn’t gaining adherents

Karl Giberson, the former Executive Vice President of the accommodationist organization BioLogos, has started writing for The Daily Beast. And, judging by Sunday’s column, “What’s driving America’s evolution divide?“, he seems to be having either a crisis of faith or a crisis of tactics. His starting point is the most recent Gallup data on American beliefs about […]

Evolution bananas this time!

Remember the creationist outside the Evolution meetings who handed out bananas with Bible verses on them yesterday? My ex-student Mohamed Noor (president of the Society), decided to respond by making evolution bananas, which were placed in the fruit bowl at the meetings. The Society issued an official tw**t: Those of you who have studied evolution will recognize the […]

What else would you expect?

I’ve been to a fair few meetings of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), but I’ve never heard of any creationists hovering around them and proselytizing for God. But that’s changed, for this year the meetings are in Raleigh, North Carolina. For you non-Americans, that’s in the religious South. My second student, Mohamed Noor […]

Where the birds are

by Greg Mayer [JAC note: read this! It's good biology!] One of the key sources of evidence for evolution is biogeography– the geographic distribution of plants and animals. The great 20th-century biogeographer P.J. Darlington famously said that biogeography showed Darwinian evolution, and Jerry has long said that the facts of biogeography are among the most  […]

Genie Scott at Kamloops: How do you get people to accept evolution, and is theistic evolution “science”?

Dr. Eugenie Scott, former head of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) and known as “Genie” to everyone, gave the keynote address on Sunday at the Kamloops “Imagine No Religion” meeting. Her title was “Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars.” And it was a good talk, […]

Fantastic and plastic mimicry in a tropical vine

Well if this doesn’t beat all!  There are flowers that mimic insects, and insects that mimic flowers, and even plants that mimic stones (Lithops) to hide them from predators, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a plant mimicking another plant. Not only that, but the mimic, a vine, can modify its leaves […]

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