Today, at Evolution 2008, I learned:
- Almost 150 years after The Origin of Species, evolutionary biologists still don’t really know why sexual (as opposed to asexual) reproduction is so popular.
- Reconstructing evolutionary trees is tricky.
- Sexual reproduction might help evening primroses to adapt more quickly in response to insect attacks.
- Fungus-cultivating ants are way more diverse than I realized.
- A nap before the poster session really, really helps.