The Wild Side

Hi! Remember me? No? That’s okay, I don’t blame you.

Really, this is just a quick stop in to say that Olivia Judson’s blog at The New York Times, called The Wild Side, is back. This time, she’s doing it once per week, on Wednesdays, rather than every day (as she did back in June of 2006). She points out that it’s easier for her to write that way, and it’s also easier for me to keep up with. Go check it out. There are already two entries for 2008, and if you get a chance, read the back entries from 2006, as well.

Evolution Resources

Over the past week, I’ve found a fair number of resources on evolution that I want to look more closely at. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to evaluate them right now. I’m posting this partly so that I’ll be able to go back and find these things again, and partly because I know that some of you will be interested. These resources are:

  • The Darwin Digital Library of Evolution, which contains all of Darwin’s writings as well as several works by his predecessors, those building upon his work, and people reacting to evolution. The library is hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, which also has an exhibit on Darwin’s work and Life. I got to see the exhibit in late November, and it’s really amazing. The admission is a little expensive, but I think it’s worth it.
  • A New York Times article on research about recent (within the last 10,000) human evolution:

    Wade, Nicholas. “Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story.” New York Times. March 7, 2006.

  • An article in Science about a computer generated model for evolutionary trees.

    Francesca D. Ciccarelli, Tobias Doerks, Christian von Mering, Christopher J. Creevey, Berend Snel, and Peer Bork. Toward Automatic Reconstruction of a Highly Resolved Tree of Life. Science 3 March 2006: 1283-1287.

Happy Birthday, Darwin!

Two-Penny Words would like to say happy birthday to Charles Darwin.

Those of you in Philly who are not completely snowed in may want to head to Penn’s Archeology and Anthropology museum, where they are having a party for Darwin—assuming they aren’t snowed in, too.