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I just saw a very interesting piece by Ben Zimmer, whose post details 144 words for which Darwin has the earliest recorded use in English (and he compares to Lincoln, who has one). One of these words is "phylogeny". I was a little surprised because...

Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. But hey, you already knew that. All the images going around seem to have Darwin with a big white beard. But lets not forget that his Beagle voyage and much of his scientific work was completed...

The New York Times has an article talking about constructing and especially visualizing the tree of life called "Crunching the Data for the Tree of Life". Its interesting, especially since I think it touches on many issues concerning tree size that even phylogenetic biologists haven't...

I started this blog one year ago. Its been a lot of fun and gone really fast. I've done approx 1 post per week on average, which is about as many as I anticipated.I intended I would blog mostly on research:- phylogenetics, bioinformatics etc but...

Sadly, evolutionary biologist Michael Majerus died this week. I didn't know Mike very well, we had chatted from time to time at conferences, and we talked when he came to give us a seminar a few months back, but he was a nice guy, good...

Just watched "What Darwin Didn't Know" with Armand Leroi as part of the BBC Darwin season. I was looking forward to it but it was a little disappointing. The tone was too sleepy and Victorian. There was some but not enough on what Darwin didn't...

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