Folks, climate change is upon us. You may have heard that humans are the harbingers of the 6th Mass Extinction: whether or not you want to apply that label to what’s currently going on, there’s no denying that a lot of species are disappearing. Continue reading “Ch-ch-changes!”
Evolution. We’re all pretty familiar with it. Even so, when we boil down to specifics, things can get hairy. Part of that might be because when talking about evolution, words we know well in English actually mean something else in… Biologish. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Drones are being used more and more to study hard-to-record behaviour in elusive animals. Recently footage emerged of narwhals wagging their tusks from side to side in an (apparent) attempt to stun prey. Continue reading “Introducing: Narwhals, the fish stunners”
We love flowers! Then again, who doesn’t?
It’s August 1st guys, and a kind of special birthday: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s (1744)! Continue reading “#BornOnThisDay: Lamarck”
Meiotic drive is something thing that happens in the gametes of all walks of life, from itty bitty fungi to plants and animals. Continue reading “wtf: a meiotic drive tragedy in 3 acts”
That which we know an egg by any other shape would… yeah, be an egg. Continue reading “What does “egg-shaped” even mean?”
Until recently, North America had two native species of flying squirrel, the Northern flying squirrel and the Southern flying squirrel (such creative naming!). These two species are in the same genus, Glaucomys, and are closely related: so close, in fact, that in the northeast where their ranges overlap, they sometimes interbreed! But far, far away in the forests of the Pacific northwest dwells a mysterious population of Northern flying squirrels…and a group of scientists was determined to find out why. Continue reading “A tale of two squirrels”
Our good friend Charles Darwin, the most famous idea-guy in evolution, was frustrated by peacocks. Continue reading “Sexual selection in gum-leaf skeletonizers”
Welcome to the first post in our sex determination series! This deals with perhaps the most well-known part of sex determination, sex chromosomes. Humans deal in X’s and Y’s, but have you ever heard of Z and W? Continue reading “Sex determination I: Chromosomal”