Interesting Science News

Some interesting news from around the internet.

  1. Jenifer Neils reviews a couple of books on looting – including one I reviewed – and provides an interesting take on both.
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Evolutionary Processes and Disease

Back on the 17th I wrote about a study that was supposed to appear in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study concerned the evolution of the MSX1 gene and its role in causing cleft lip and some skin derivative disorders.

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Of Mice and Moths and Lizards Too

Earlier today I published an interesting picture. Here it is again for reference:

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More Interesting Anthropology and Evolution News

There are some interesting pieces of research out there this week.

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The Impact Of Blogging On The Creation-Evolution Debate

Aydin Orstan is one of the more interesting bloggers (something you don’t ordinarily expect from a malacologist) in the blogosphere, even if I don’t mention him as often as I should. One of his readers asked him about the impact of blogging on the evolution/creationism debate (and I use the word debate loosely because, well, the creationist lost) and Aydin was kind enough to post his response. In light of the recent Cincinnati Zoo/Creation Museum kerfluffle I though Aydin’s post was worth a shout out.

Limb Loss in Scincid Lizards

I’m currently working on a long winded post about the new Homo erectus pelvis – which I hope to have up tomorrow – in the meantime it occurred to me that I had been meaning to mention a new paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology called Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards

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Has The Common Ancestor Of Deep Sea Octopi Been Found?

According to this BBC News article it has.

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Chimp and Human Genome Compared and Other Interesting Evolution Stories

The chimp and human genomes are being compared in two articles that came out today.

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Crocodylian Snout Shape, Mammalian Carnivora, and Hominins

Crocodylians have a long and complex evolutionary history. More importantly, we have a large number of crocodylian fossils. I bring this up because of a number of interesting papers I have read recently that all have a common theme. In this post I will take a look at a paper by Christopher Brochu published in 2001 in the American Zoologist (Crocodylian Snouts in Space and Time: Phylogenetic Approaches Toward Adaptive Radiation, Amer. Zool., 41:564-585 [2001]).

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The Evolution of Whale’s Tails has an interesting, but ultimately uninformative, write up of some research that will be appearing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Here is the context:

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