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Category Archives: Evolution

Some arguments with my old pastor

True to my last post, I’ve got a bit of something here from my 750words writing. This weekend my old church, where my family still attends, had a sermon on “The Atheist Christian” or something like that, and had a little handout from the pastor with his conclusions (more liberal than many theologies, but…). [...]

CTDL 226: Spiders using UV to paint

Originally found on Boing Boing, this is an interesting evolutionary trait to use UV light to woo the prey into the webs.

The crosses, zigzags, and spirals woven by some spiders have long puzzled web watchers. But those seemingly superfluous decorations may be traps that use light to lure prey, a new study of Australian spiders [...]

CTDL 221: Pile O Links V2.0 for today

Yet again I had a huge backlog of links even after the last post, so I’m putting together even more of them into a smorgasbord of interesting articles. Enjoy!

“Her methods probably are finer, but our conclusions are very similar.”
He also criticised the emphasis placed by the McGill University researcher on the “low” figure [...]

CTDL 210: Where are the whale spots then?

I’m not sure I had a perception that deep sea whales were slow. I think I only thought that about the baleen type whales.

Super-fast pilot whales have been observed sprinting after prey, likely to include giant squid.
The rapid pursuit has brought comparisons with the fleet-footed land predator, the cheetah.
The cetaceans even [...]

CTDL 194: The Da Vinci Platypus

If only I was well educated enough to understand the genetic code of the platypus I’m sure it would make for some very interesting reading.

Scientists have deciphered the genetic blueprint of the duck-billed platypus, one of the oddest creatures on Earth.
The animal comes from an early branch of the mammal family, and like [...]

CTDL 182: Infrared Spider mating?

This is just spectacularly bizarre. I’m not sure which is stranger, the results, or that the study was done in the first place. I’m very curious about an evolutionary explanation of how this came about (how did UVB transmission evolve?)

Spiders “talk” to potential mates using a type of light not visible to the human eye, [...]

CTDL 179: Look Buzz an Alien!

Interesting theology from the vatican.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as [...]

CTDL 160: Morlock and Eloi? or Adam and Eve?

Maybe H.G. Wells did have a time machine, but got confused as to when he was.

Ancient humans started down the path of evolving into two separate species before merging back into a single population, a genetic study suggests.
The genetic split in Africa resulted in distinct populations that lived in isolation for as much [...]

CTDL 151: Rapid evolution. Godzilla next?

I’m not sure what this actually does for some of the evolutionary theories, but apparently these lizards were introduced to this environment just a few years ago (in the 70s), and they’ve already adapted numerous biological functions (bigger heads, intestinal doo-dads, etc).

Researchers found that the lizards developed cecal valves—muscles between the large and small intestine—that [...]

CTDL 140: Now if they can just find that one-eyed one horned flying purple people eater

Interesting fossil, very interesting method of looking at it (scroll to the bottom of the linked article).

A fossil animal locked in Lebanese limestone has been shown to be an extremely precious discovery – a snake with two legs.
Scientists have only a handful of specimens that illustrate the evolutionary narrative that goes from ancient [...]