Cane Toads Get Osteoarthritis

In Bones, Bodies, and Disease Calvin Wells frequently mentions examples of pathology from the animal kingdom. For example, in discussing osteoarthritis Wells mentions that the condition has been observed in dinosaurs, Miocene gavials, crocodiles, and Pleistocene cave bears, cave hyenas, and Bos primigenius. We can now add Australian cane toads to the list.

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Okay, What the He#&

First it was Science News Daily now Science Daily has joined the insanity. Probably just jealous that they are not as endearingly cute as the naked mole rat. Feh!

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Know Your Primate: Nycticebus coucang

Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Lorisidae
Genus: Nycticebus
Species: Nycticebus coucang
Common Name: Slow Loris
Nycticebus is a genus containing two allopatric species (Nycticebus coucang and Nycticebus pygmaeus). The slow loris is native to parts of Bangladesh, Assam, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, parts of Malay peninsula, and parts of the Philippines. They occupy primary and secondary forests, and bamboo forests.

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Coal Mining and Indigenous Peoples

Science Daily has an interesting report on effects of coal mining on indigenous communities in Columbia. The report concerns a new edited book containing numerous reports on the effect of the Cerrejon mine on local indigenous and Afro-Columbian communities.

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Send Me Your Science Links

I have been appointed “links curator” for the links page at the redesigned The Panda’s Thumb. My job will be to find the best resources related to evolution on the web. I have already added about eighty links and have quite a few more to put up. In the meantime, I thought I would avail myself of the collective wisdom of the scientific blogosphere. What websites, blogs, etc., do you find helpful or read/use on a regular basis. To get an idea of the type of websites I am looking for you can consult the links page. In terms of blogs, they can come from any field (biology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, ecology, genetics, etc) as long as they are related to evolution an/or anti-creationism.
Finally, I have a question. I have a large number of links to various and sundry individual webpages where pdf’s have been made available for download, for example, this page by Dan Hartl. I assume it is okay for them to be making these pdf’s available for download, but you never know. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble with the copyright police, but these types of sites are incredibly useful. So, my question is do I link to them or not?
You can leave suggestions in the comments or email me (see the Contact tab above for my email)

Protein Evolution and Metabolic Rate

This is cool! Science Daily is reporting on an interesting study of protein evolution:

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Science News Daily Slanders Naked Mole Rats!

I couldn’t believe my eyes! In an otherwise interesting article on Science News Daily the following statement occurs:

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