It’s fresh and online at Teaching Biology.
I am reliably informed that the monthly round-up of online writing about evolution is available now at DNA Barcoding. Reserve a nice long block of time to peruse the links—this month’s carnival is bigger on the inside.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The monthly roundup of online writing about descent with modification is online at the Stochastic Scientist. Dig in!
A new edition of the Carnival of Evolution (the 50th?) is up at Teaching Biology. Share, enjoy, &c.