After the apocalypse, links…
Species, biodiversity, and cool biology stuff
Richard Conniff explains why species matter to humans: What Are Species Worth? Putting a Price on Biodiversity: Yale Environment 360
A “new” “more objective” measure of what is a species: Quantitative criteria for species delimitation – TOBIAS – 2010 – Ibis [Editorial here] It looks a little phenetic, but in fact it might not be. I’ll try to get around to discussing this when I have time to breathe.
Microbes seem to share genes “intentionally” in the sea: Horizontal Gene Transfer: Bacteria Transmit Genetic Code without Sex; Virus-like particles speed bacterial evolution. I noted this in my microbial species paper, but not that it was itself a functional process. I’m still unsure to what extent that is reasonable.
Chromosomal inversions leads to speciation, in plants, anyway. Well, in one plant…. Adaptation, Reproductive Isolation, and New Species! Oh, and on that topic: How and Why Chromosome Inversions Evolve.
A microbial mat the size of Greece! Commuting to Work.
Giraffes – Necks for food or necks for sex? Hurrhurr, he said “necking”….
David Sloan Wilson says Open Letter to Richard Dawkins: Why Are You Still In Denial About Group Selection? and gave a talk last night in Sydney: Social Darwinism shows we control our environment (there are so many things wrong with that headline I nearly put this under media crap below, but it’s not DSW’s fault). Maybe because group selection is not the only alternative, David; Multilevel selection theory makes sense to me. I thought it did to you too 🙂
To gain pallor is easier than losing it – Razib discusses genes for skin colour.
A Very Remote Period Indeed: Independent Neanderthal Innovation – Some Additional Considerations – did Neanderthals innovate?
Fossil secrets of the da Vinci codex – did Leonardo discover fossilisation and in particular trace fossils?
The Taxonomy Fail Index – how to get it really wrong taxonomically.
Religion and philosophy stuff
Beyond God and atheism: Why I am a ‘possibilian’ (in other words, an agnostic).
A philosopher says we’re doing it rong – a plea for reading the philosophy. The problem is that the philosophy here is not all that impressive.
Jean Jacques Rousseau – a new article at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Aristotle would say America is an aristocracy: American Aristocracy
Reality, one bite at a time: Force of faith trumps law and reason in Ayodhya case – The “beliefs of Hindus” trump law in India.
Smarter Teams Are More Sensitive, Have More Women? – the intelligence of a group matters less than their cooperative abilities.
Other stuff and crap
Versatile Blogger Award – some cool blogs linked.