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”
Octopuses and other celoid cephalopods do something strange with their RNA. Well, strange for us – not so strange for them.
Continue reading “RNA Editing in octopuses and other cephalopods”
Today we learned: there’s such a thing as tanglegrams. Continue reading “Viral evolution”
Coevolution seems self-explanatory, but there’s more to it than you might think. It’s a term used to describe when organisms evolve in response to one another, but this can happen in different ways and for different reasons. Here’s a brief, very brief, introduction. Continue reading “Coevolution”