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Animated evolution – Stated Clearly by Jon Perry

Sunday was the anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species (first published on 24th November 1859 – you can find his collected works here), so it’s a perfect time to talk about evolution. Evolution can be a difficult … Continue reading

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Mimicry and warning in the insect world

Taking a break from the wonderful world of octopods, but still within the “amazing creatures” realm, I’d like to introduce you to some interesting mimicry and other colouration in the insect world. Many insects can’t credibly threaten most predators, so … Continue reading

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Biologist finds potential new species – up his own nose

Yes, you read that right. Professor Tony Goldberg, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, returned from a research trip to Africa to discover ‘an arachnid stowaway‘ in his nasal cavity. Turned out to be a tick (rather an unpleasant creature to … Continue reading

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Bower birds go a-courting

Spring is the time for the birds to start their courting rituals, and that includes one of the most interesting, the bowerbird. Male bowerbirds court potential mates by building a complex bower of twigs, sometimes up to a metre high, … Continue reading

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Biodiversity favourites

I’ll be off work for a week or so, and while I’m gone I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite posts on biodiversity. Cephalopod magic: the amazing abilities of cephalopods to camouflage and hypnotise. Beetling away for … Continue reading

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Cold water creatures

I’d like to introduce you to a fishy friend, the white-blooded icefish. First discovered in 1927, this species is unique among vertebrates by having no haemoglobin or red blood cells. Why does this matter? Well, haemoglobin is the iron-containing protein … Continue reading

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Play games and save the trees

Do you want an excuse to play games? Because here’s a good one: by playing an online game, you can help botanists solve the mystery of the fungus that’s killing so many ash trees. There’s concern in the UK about … Continue reading

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How does evolution work?

Evolution is one of those concepts that’s simultaneously well-known and misunderstood: everyone’s heard the word, but most people are a bit hazy on what it means, and how it works in practice. So if you’re interested in getting a bit … Continue reading

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Colourful, cheeky and invisible – the rainbow lorikeet

I’ve been delving into some of the fascinating posts about African wildlife on the wildlifetv blog, and found a couple about camouflage. The first, about the impala, gives some interesting facts (yes, you know I’m a sucker for interesting facts) … Continue reading

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Why we love science

I love science. I know that makes me a geek, but as someone who suffered the social stigma of having to answer “I’m studying maths” when asked what I do at parties, I’m well used to my geekhood. But the … Continue reading

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