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February 15, 2014

Darwin Day 2014 -- North Dakota State University takes the cake


Wow! I can't decide whether I'm more impressed by:

* the guy in the pickup truck who saw us carrying the cutout photo of young Darwin and asked "Is that [W.D.] Hamilton?"
* the evolution-themed parody of John Lennon's "Revolution", composed and performed by a dean who, like God, may have "an inordinate fondness for Beatles".
* the wildly popular herpetology petting zoo (I should have taken a photo), or
* the "Hall of Biodiversity" (a wide range of interesting materials from campus natural-history collections, showing butterfly mimicry, comparing mammoth with mastodon teeth, using C4 photosynthesis as an example of parallel evolution, etc.) set up in the student center next to the auditorium where I gave my talk on "Darwinian Agriculture: Evolutionary Tradeoffs as Opportunities" and the lobby area (shown) where they sold Darwin-Day tee shirts and served cake.

But the cake I made for Darwin's 200th birthday was better.

February 8, 2014

Darwin Day 2014

"Darwin Day" events -- science-themed celebrations of Darwin's February 12th birthday -- seem to have grown since his 200th in 2009. I'll be speaking February 13 as part of the North Dakota State University Darwin Day celebration. While there, I'll also be talking to a biology class.

February 4, 2014

This Month's Carnival of Evolution

Byte-Size Biology summarizes and links to lots of evolution-related blog posts.