Carnival of Evolution, April 2013

Tomorrowland at Dusk

What kind of sequencing capacity do they have in Tomorrowland? Photo by Big DumpTruck.

The April 2013 edition of the Carnival of Evolution is online over at Synthetic Daisies. This issue of the monthly collection of online writing about all things evolution-y is organized around the theme of the future of evolution—which looks to be full of exciting possibilities. There’s experimental phylogenetics and speculation about radio-sensing animals and species coming back from the dead, so maybe you should go peruse the whole thing.

Carnival of Evolution, March 2013

Carnival of Venice 2010

Welcome, readers, to the 57th Carnival of Evolution. This past month, the 204th birthday of Charles Darwin just happened to fall on Mardi Gras, a celebration of life’s exuberant excesses. So put on your most dazzling mask, and join us for an exploration of the endless forms most beautiful to be found in the living, evolving world.

Evolutionary science

In addition to Darwin Day and Mardi Gras, February is the month of Valentine’s Day. So it’s maybe appropriate that evolutionary bloggers had sex on the brain. Joachim describes new research on the specific forms of natural selection that might have supported the evolution of sexual reproduction. Right here at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!, Amy Dapper writes about one consequence of sex, among grass gobies: “sneaker” males with specialized sperm. And Jeremy Yoder (yours truly) takes a look at daisies that attract pollinators by fooling them into mating with deceptive flower petals.

Meanwhile, Hannah Waters explains why sociable weaver birds nest together—because it pays to stay home and help their parents.

While most songbird species breed before they even turn a year old, sociable weavers rarely breed before the age of two. Instead, these younger birds help raise other nestlings–their siblings as well as unrelated chicks–by gathering food and maintaining the nest’s fluffy interior chambers and external sticks and grass.

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Carnival of Evolution: We’re hosting!

Evolution

Step right up, step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to submit your fine evolution-related blog posts to the 58th edition of the Carnival of Evolution, the one and only community-assembled, community-supported, community-hosted aggregation of the finest online writing on the illustrious topic of Descent With Modification and all its manifold modified descendents.

On the first day of March, this glorious Carnival will be found right here at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!, the better to showcase the work of everyone from students to scientists to great fans of science, everyone and anyone, ladies and gentlemen, who believes and can demonstrate in mellifluous prose, captivating videos, eye-catching infographics, or hilarious LOLcats that bedrock principle of the modern life sciences, that nothing—no, ladies and gentlemen, not a gosh-darned thing—in the whole of biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution.

Think you’ve got what it takes to join this revolutionary celebration of evolutionary science? Send us links to your blog posts, essays, videos, and webcomics at this elegant and convenient form (it requires a log-in, but then what doesn’t these days?) or simply e-mail them direct to Jeremy Yoder, our local curator of carnivalian content. Please do send’em before the 26th of February, though, to ensure proper packaging and adequate care of all your delightful and illuminating work.

We thank you humbly and vociferously for your contributions, one and all—and we look forward to seeing you right here, at this very URL, for the Carnival of Evolution, in less than the span of one short month!

Carnival of Evolution, July 2012

The Mousetrap

A new Carnival of Evolution is online at the Mousetrap. This edition of the monthly collection of online writing about evolution sorts a long list of blog posts into mousetrap-related themes, and it includes more than enough to fill up your e-reader for, say, the long flight out to some sort of academic conference in the capital of Canada.

Carnival of Evolution, June 2012

The monthly roundup of evolution-related online writing is (finally) live at Pharyngula, now that host P.Z. Myers is back from a trip to Iceland. P.Z. indulges his hominid cognitive biases by sorting the contributed links into neat, if somewhat idiosyncratic, categories: Bacteria, Plants, Charismatic Megafauna, Humans, Charismatic Organs in Charismatic Megafauna (i.e., mostly brains and penises), Theory, History, and Idiots. Take a moment to speculate as to where our own contributions were classified, and then head over to the Carnival for posts from Jerry Coyne, Anne GutmannArvind Pillai, and many more.

Carnival of Evolution, May 2012

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. And there’s even a few contributions from this very blog. Go now and read the whole thing.