Fantasy-bewitched people of a certain age will feel their ears twitch in recognition upon hearing the phrase “Gelatinous Cube”. This creature was an invention of the game Dungeons And Dragons. It filled passageways with its jiggly mass killing the unwary.
The Gelatinous Cube was fantasy. Yet, there are deadly gelatinous creatures in real life, described [...]
If I asked you to think of an ancient relative of a human ancestor you probably would not picture something like the vetulicolians.
The vetulicolians had the basic body plan that you see here: A kind of segmented area attached to a flatter area to which had a kind of stiff rod running down [...]
Autumn is near, and so, animals are beginning to prepare for the coming winter. This morning, while looking out the window, I saw something stuck on the outside pane. Looking closer, I saw two patches of tiny red dots, each smaller than the holes in a window screen.
I presume these are eggs. I presume [...]
GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The Global Biodiversity [...]
Mammologists conduct actual scientific studies of animal populations and their behaviors. They don’t just rely on anecdotal evidence, as the pro-hunting lobby does. Here’s what mammologists have observed about wolves in the United States… [...]
Sarah Palin is a grandmother, and she’s still accepting beliefs from elders without critically examining them to make sure that they make sense. Palin has failed to advance beyond the reasoning abilities of a child in elementary school. [...]
We’re used to thinking about the peril the world’s amphibian species are in. However, we mammals aren’t that much better off. [...]
Is there a reason not to think of human beings as communities of organisms with multiple genetic lineages? [...]
Gathering information about what plants live where, and when they go through life stages such as budbreak, will over the long term provide a richer vision of climate change than the simple concept of changing temperatures that most people think of. [...]
Two projects of deep scientific study release news this week, looking deep into the Earth’s seas and higher than ever before into the sky. [...]
Let’s hope that the human downturn this year clears out enough conventional wisdom to make way for ideas about how we can change our lives so that we are enriched by the living wealth of our planet without leaving it spent. [...]