I’ve been terribly busy with the Darwin conference here, and so haven’t been able to post. But I see that P.Z. is doing yeoman work by summarizing for you all the talks on biology. I’ll return to the fray tomorrow but wanted to put up a few snaps from the conference.
First, His Crackerness, photographed WHILE LIVE BLOGGING. Note the crocoduck tie:
Dave Jablonski (left) and Doug Schemske (right):
Ancient metazoan: the Chinese fossil Confuciusornis presented by Paul Sereno at his talk (P.Z. describes the presentation): This is an ancient bird (ca. 120 mya), the first avian fossil to have a short bony tail and a true toothless beak. But note the claws, betraying its reptilian ancestry.