Biological Sciences

Feeding Your Internal Ecosystem

September 13, 2010

The human body is not just an organism, it’s an ecosystem. To the billions of microscopic bacteria, viruses and fungi living in the various nooks and crannies of our intestines, mouth, nose, and other areas, we are the world, the environment [Read more]

Relive Darwin/Chicago in Video Form

May 12, 2010

Six months ago, some of the world’s brightest evolutionary biologists and scholars gathered on the University of Chicago campus for a three-day birthday party celebrating Charlie Darwin’s 200th. At the time, the blog featured live-ish [Read more]

Darwin/Chicago 2009: Saturday

October 31, 2009

4:15 p.m. – Of Mice and Mammoths The last talk of the day (for me, as I had to leave before the final, final talk) made for a great reminder of how far the field of evolutionary biology, wrapped in a relatively simple story told engagingly by [Read more]

An Award for Your Inner Fish

September 30, 2009

Whenever I see a drawing of Tiktaalik like the one above, I always think “Man, that walking fish sure looks snooty.” But Tiktaalik roseae, discovered in 2004 by University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin and his team in the [Read more]

Will this dog hunt?

February 25, 2009

By Jeremy Manier Will Saletan of Slate gave this new blog a very gracious shout-out yesterday – many thanks. He also replied to my earlier post taking Will to task a bit about “designer dogs.” I’d suggested that dog breeding [Read more]