SOS presents — the Carnival of Evolution #53!

Welcome to the November 1, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Evolution! We’ve got all sorts of interesting evolution-related links for you this month, so I’ve tried to sort them out a bit for you.

But enough of the preliminaries, let’s jump right into things…


Evolution, education, and experimentation

Greg Laden talks about Allen’s Rule, Phenotypic Plasticity, and The Nature of Evolution at Greg Laden’s Blog (logically enough), and it includes a downloadable PDF for teachers to use in their classrooms.

gunnardw presents Experimental Evolution: An Overview at The Beast, the Bard and the Bot.

Carl Zimmer brings us The Birth of the New, The Rewiring of the Old at The Loom (Discover Magazine blogs) — a great summary of experimental evolution 24 years in the making.

Jeremy Yoder contributes Many genes, but two major roads to adaptation at Denim and Tweed.

Devin Drown explains When mummies attack! Why specificity matters for coevolution at Nothing in biology makes sense! (and no, it’s not a Halloween post — that comes later).


Evolutionary history

Marc Srour gives us both Pikaia: One of the Earliest Chordates and The Ancestry of Mammals: A Profile of the Synapsida at Teaching Biology.

Greg Mayer and Jerry Coyne present Caturday felid: how the king cheetah got his stripes at Why Evolution Is True.

Larry Moran asks Does Environmental Change Drive Evolution? then gives us More Evidence of Short-term Stasis at Sandwalk.

Matthew Cobb writes Speciation observed – again at Why Evolution Is True.

Kiyoko Gotanda presents Guppies, predators, and parasites at Eco-Evo Evo-Eco.


Evolution and society (here there be creationists…)

Mike Haubrich tells us how Darwinism is a Broad Brush Term at Tangled Up in Blue Guy.

Tomas Rees asks Why are religious people so fertile? at Epiphenom.

Bradly Alicea refers us to Videos from Qualia Soup via the Tumbld thoughts tumblr — links to some really good explanatory videos.

Christopher Hogue gives us BioImplement: The mouse trap, redux. at BioImplement — a really good debunking of the Behe claim that a mouse trap displays “irreducible complexity,” produced by actually showing the evolution of the modern-day mouse trap from a fishing hook.

Noah Mattoon contributes Evolution vs. Creationism: A completely unambiguous, logically unassailable scientific test. Now we can all stop arguing on the internet about it. at Nothing in biology makes sense!


Into the depths (get your math on)…

Graham Coop posts an abstract for a paper asserting that Horizontal gene transfer may explain variation in θs at Haldane’s Sieve.  A short post and lively comment section present an online blog-centric version of peer review.

Bjørn Østman explains Genotype-phenotype maps and mathy biology at Pleiotropy.

Arend Hintze and Randy Olson bring us a more graphical view of things in Evolution 101: Fitness Landscapes at BEACON.

Rohan Maddamsetti discusses On weird patterns in “neutral” genetic variation at Living in an Ivory Basement.


Odds and ends

Looking back at this edition’s predecessor, David Morrison presents The network history of the Carnival of Evolution posted at The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks.

Randall Hayes contributes a “Halloweeny” post in The Secret of Deeeeeeath at VSI  — after all, death is often the mechanism of selection, and it’s interesting to ask how that works.

Jeremy Yoder presents C is for colostrum; C is for cool at Nothing in biology makes sense!.

Angela gives us evolution as art at Evolve and Express.

Bradly Alicea discusses Scale and Evolution: a phenomonological perspective at Synthetic Daisies.

Jeremy Yoder gives us a video of the Molecular Ecology Online Forum, 2012 at The Molecular Ecologist — it’s too late to join the chat, but you can watch the replay.

Kathryn G. Turner presents Life histories of success! at Alien Plantation.


That wraps things up for this edition, many thanks to all the authors and submitters, and thank you for reading along! While you wait for the next edition, you will find the Carnival of Evolution on Facebook and Twitter, as well as at the official Carnival of Evolution blog. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the Carnival index page.

You can submit posts for the next Carnival of Evolution (it’ll arrive at ideonexus on the 1st of December) using the carnival’s submission form (this requires a free account and log-in).

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  7. Graham Coop says:

    Note that I just posted the abstract of the HGT paper, I didn’t posit the idea nor did I get pummeled ;).

  8. Adrian Morgan says:

    I notice that right-clicking is disabled on this blog, and for that reason I am not inclined to stay and browse the Carnival. Right-clicking is my preferred means to open links in new tabs — sure, you CAN also do it by holding down the control key, but by making that the only way, you interfere with my ability to browse the Internet as I choose. My point is that your decision to disable basic functionality comes at the cost of annoying people and potentially decreasing readership, which I think is worth pointing out.

    • Sam Wise says:

      Thanks for the note, Adrian. FWIW, right-clicking is only supposed to be disabled on images, not links (and even then, it’s only supposed to be disabling direct downloads of images). Apparently a plug-in is misbehaving. I’ll look into it.

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