Carnival of Evolution, May 2012

Photo by NS Newsflash.

This month’s issue of the Carnival of Evolution, which collects online writing about Darwin’s dangerous idea and all its variously modified descendents, is online over at John S. Wilkins’s blog Evolving Thoughts. Highlights include, but are not limited to, an attempt to trace the origin of the phrase “social Darwinism,” discussion of how sloths and turtles evolved to move slowly, and whether the diet of early humans was more healthy than ours. Go now and read the whole thing.◼


Carnival of Evolution, March 2012

Erodium cicutarium. Photo by jby.

I completely failed to submit anything to the most recent edition of the Carnival of Evolution, but fortunately I was the exception, not the rule—the monthly compendium of online writing about the complications and implications of evolutionary biology is online over at Synthetic Daisies. This edition features a nifty phylogenetic organizing framework, and a crossword puzzle. Go check it out. ◼


Carnival of Evolution, January 2012

Lignum vitae est. Photo by Niels Linneberg.

Whoops. I totally failed to point out that the latest Carnival of Evolution is up at The EEB & flow. With bonus historical perspective:

523 BCE
Anaximander: “Thales, my teacher, how is it that animals take their form?”
Thales: “Anaximander, all matter is an aggregation formed from a single substance, water, and qualities are obtained through need”
Anaximander: “Ah yes, water, I will now think about how air can be the primordial substance.”

Fortunately, there’s also lots of much more recent material, which is the whole point of a monthly compilation of all things online and evolution-related. Included are a couple of my latest posts, and Luke Swenson’s great post (for Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!) explaining how biologists can trace the evolutionary past of an HIV infection to identify its source. Go take a look, if you haven’t already. ◼


Carnival of Evolution, December 2011: A very special carnival of evolution

Forty-two. Photo by Valerian Gaudeau.

The new Carnival of Evolution, freshly posted over at the Ocelloid, is the forty-second iteration of the monthly roundup of online writing about evolution, the universe, and everything. Well, maybe not everything.

Highlights include, but are not limited to, Larry Moran illustrating the difference between census population size and effective population size, Hannah Waters on the evolutionary context of grieving, and Jenna Gallie’s description of her own research on rapid adaptive evolution by E. coli. There are also multiple contributions from Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!, in case you haven’t already seen them. Go read the whole thing, and don’t forget your towel. ◼


Carnival of Evolution, August 2011

Grizzly bear. Photo by Alaska Dude.

The latest edition of the Carnival of Evolution, a monthly collection of online writing about evolution and all its ramifications, is online at Sandwalk. Check it out to learn why genetic testing for grizzly bears is important, what new fossil may have taken the place of Archeopteryx in the evolutionary history of birds, and what pioneer of evolutionary biology will soon be on a U.S. postage stamp.


Carnival of Evolution, July 2011

Fireworks. Photo by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton.

It’s Independence Day in the U.S. To celebrate, let me suggest the latest edition of the Carnival of Evolution, which is hosted this month by 13-year-old evolution blogger William. (He’s dedicated the Carnival to some other patriotic holiday, but we’ll overlook that.) The monthly roundup of online writing about evolution and all its scientific, cultural, and historical ramifications includes posts by John Wilkins, Zen Faulkes, and Byte Size Biology among many others. Go check it out while you’re waiting for the barbecue coals to heat up.