All posts tagged with history of biology

Quote: Colin Groves on primate species

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In 2001, the Australian zoologist Colin Groves published an essay in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology giving his perspective on classification in primat...

McKenna and Bell on ranked categories

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I learned mammalian systematics and cladistics around the same time that Malcolm McKenna and Susan Bell published their 1997 book, Classification of Mammals:...

Link: History of The Population Bomb

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Charles C. Mann has written a historical account of Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb as a part of Smithsonian magazine’s retrospective on the year 1968: “T...

Link: A 137-year-old botanical experiment

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On the subject of long-running experiments in biology, Atlas Obscura has a story about a 137-year-old experiment in the germination of common weeds: “The wor...

Link: Dark flies

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A laboratory at Kyoto University has been maintaining a long-term evolution experiment on fruit flies that started in 1954. Now the flies are adapted to livi...

Link: On Huxley and Busk

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Recommended: a post by history of science student Paige Madison on the forgotten George Busk: “On Being Remembered: Huxley, Busk, & Scientific Friendship...

Lewontin on Gould

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David Sloan Wilson recently interviewed Richard Lewontin for the website, This View of Life: “The Spandrels Of San Marco Revisited: An Interview With Richard...

Remembering Wallace

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Jerry Coyne has a guest post by Andrew Berry recognizing the history of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-innovator of the concept of natural selection: “A guest pos...

Shipwrecked Wallace

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Jerry Coyne has a guest post today by Andrew Berry, who recounts an episode in the early life of Alfred Russel Wallace: “The most poignant episode in all of ...

Darwin's primate phylogeny

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I’m doing some reading and ran across a 2009 post by Brian Switek (“Darwin, Ardi and the African apes”), who touched on a little-appreciated aspect of Darwin...

Anthropology 105, lecture 8: Ears

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This lecture uses the auditory system to illustrate Mendelian inheritance. First the earlobes – a classic example in teaching laboratories, where attached ea...

Darwiniana

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Larry Moran posts a bit of Darwin history, focusing on a meeting with William Gladstone “Happy Birthday Charles Darwin”.

Steno: not just for stratigraphy

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Matthew Cobb, guest-blogging at Why Evolution Is True, gives an appreciation of Nicholas Steno’s contributions to biology: “Googles doodle: women have eggs”.

A trip to Darwin's home

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Today I visited Down House, Charles Darwin’s home southeast of London. Mark Pallen, my gracious host from the University of Birmingham, brought us to the hou...

Galton remembered

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Steve Jones writes in the BBC News on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Francis Galton’s death: “Francis Galton: The man who drew up the ‘ugly map...

Split lumps

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The Friends of Darwin blog notes that the terms “lumpers” and “splitters” in taxonomy go back to Darwin’s time. The example is a letter Darwin received from ...

Kin selection strikes back

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Last year I noted the publication of a paper in Nature by Martin Nowak, Corina Tarnita and Edward O. Wilson, which claimed that kin selection is not a suffic...

Reflecting on Nabokov

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Carl Zimmer yesterday had a NY Times article about some new genetic work on butterflies – the interesting thing was that the work vindicated a scenario for N...

Species concept overview

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John Wilkins is an expert on species concepts in biology; he has written a short piece for wide circulation on the topic which is archived at his blog: “How ...

Quote: Dobzhansky on the tropics

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Theodosius Dobzhansky, concluding a paper titled, “Evolution in the Tropics”, which considered the role of physical environment versus other factors as evolu...

Inclusive fitness works

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I can’t believe the amount of attention the paper by Martin Nowak, Corina Tarnita and Edward O. Wilson Nowak:eusociality:2010 has gotten. It was in last week...

Gorillaz marching

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Eric Michael Johnson, formerly of Primate Diaries, writes:

Darwin memoriam

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Larry Moran posts a contemporary description of Darwin’s funeral: “Charles Darwin died on this day in 1882.”

A missing etymological link

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I got a press question about the term “missing link” the other day. For obvious reasons. The question arose, where did the term come from?

We control the horizontal

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New Scientist has an article by Mark Buchanan discussing horizontal transfer as a mechanism for the evolution of early life: “Horizontal and vertical: The ev...

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week: