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March 7, 2012

The Carnival of Evolution is now up!

The latest edition of the Carnival of Evolution is now up at Splendour Awaits!  And this 45th edition really bugs me!

If you wish to submit to CoE #46, visit the Carnival of Evolution for guidelines and to see previous issues. You can submit your blog posts at Blog Carnival, or contact the next host at Synthetic Daisies.

October 7, 2011

The Carnival of Evolution hits 40!

evolution linksThe latest edition of the Carnival of Evolution is up at EvoEcoLab, Kevin Zelnio’s blog at Scientific American. Visit now for a barrel full of evolutionary blog links.

April 2, 2011

Carnival of Evolution

The 34th edition of the Carnival of Evolution is up at Quintessence of Dust. Visit now if you are interested in ‘junk DNA‘, complexity, perfection, variation, co-operation, willies and more (or less).

December 21, 2010

The Scouring of the Blog…

The traditional end-of-year housecleaning has begun. Throughout the next week or two I will be moving to a new theme and cleaning-up and organizing my links.  If you have, or know of, a pertinent blog that could be added to the blogroll, please let me know.

December 19, 2010

House of Herps – First Anniversary Edition

The first anniversary edition of the House of Herps, the reptile and amphibian blog carnival, is now up at….House of Herps!!!

Amber takes the reigns and introduces us to some keen herpetological blogs, all on her fresh, newly designed site.

Go visit now.

October 21, 2009

LOST: One Ancestor

Dang! I’ve lost an ancestor, and I never had many to begin with….

A new research paper has revealed that the famed ‘Ida’ fossil, Darwinius masillae, was not an ancestor of man after all, but an early branch of a sub-order that today includes lemurs, lorises and galagos. For the story on the new paper, read Mark Henderson’s article at TimesOnline.

The paper that made the difference:
Convergent evolution of anthropoid-like adaptations in Eocene adapiform primates

Erik R. Seiffert, Jonathan M. G. Perry, Elwyn L. Simons & Doug M. Boyer
Adapiform or ‘adapoid’ primates first appear in the fossil record in the earliest Eocene epoch (approx55 million years (Myr) ago), and were common components of Palaeogene primate communities in Europe, Asia and North America1. Adapiforms are commonly referred to as the ‘lemur-like’ primates of the Eocene epoch, and recent phylogenetic analyses have placed adapiforms as stem members of Strepsirrhini2, 3, 4, a primate suborder whose crown clade includes lemurs, lorises and galagos. An alternative view is that adapiforms are stem anthropoids5. This debate has recently been rekindled by the description of a largely complete skeleton of the adapiform Darwinius 6, from the middle Eocene of Europe, which has been widely publicised as an important ‘link’ in the early evolution of Anthropoidea7. Here we describe the complete dentition and jaw of a large-bodied adapiform (Afradapis gen. nov.) from the earliest late Eocene of Egypt (approx37 Myr ago) that exhibits a striking series of derived dental and gnathic features that also occur in younger anthropoid primates—notably the earliest catarrhine ancestors of Old World monkeys and apes. Phylogenetic analysis of 360 morphological features scored across 117 living and extinct primates (including all candidate stem anthropoids) does not place adapiforms as haplorhines (that is, members of a Tarsius–Anthropoidea clade) or as stem anthropoids, but rather as sister taxa of crown Strepsirrhini; Afradapis and Darwinius are placed in a geographically widespread clade of caenopithecine adapiforms that left no known descendants. The specialized morphological features that these adapiforms share with anthropoids are therefore most parsimoniously interpreted as evolutionary convergences. As the largest non-anthropoid primate ever documented in Afro-Arabia, Afradapis nevertheless provides surprising new evidence for prosimian diversity in the Eocene of Africa, and raises the possibility that ecological competition between adapiforms and higher primates might have played an important role during the early evolution of stem and crown Anthropoidea in Afro-Arabia. (Nature 461, 1118-1121 (22 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08429; Received 11 July 2009; Accepted 18 August 2009)

For links to the original fuss go to this page.

Isn’t Science wonderful? Unlike some other ways of knowing, science can self-correct.

October 1, 2009

Climate Change – Blog Action Day 2009

The 15th of October will be Blog Action Day 2009, and the issue is Climate Change:

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.

Bloggers who wish to participate can register here.


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