Carnival of Evolution No. 31 out now at The Dispersal of Darwin

The Carnival of Evolution for January is up at The Dispersal of Darwin! I’ve got two posts in there this month, but you’ve probably read those already – check out some brilliant pieces on the Denisovan genome, the motivation of Charles Darwin, a critical review of Benjamin Wiker’s anti-Darwin book “The Darwin Myth” and a 5 year-old understanding evolution instead. Then again, just check them all out!

The next Carnival of Evolution will be at Denim and Tweed on the 1st of February, and make sure to submit your own evolution-themed blog posts.

Carnival of Evolution No. 30 out at This Scientific Life

Another Carnival of Evolution is out, this time at This Scientific Life, one of the blogs of Bob O’Hara (the CoE author) and Grrlscientist (not the CoE author). I actually got a post into this edition, having remembered to send one as soon as the last one was posted – but don’t worry about my submission, go read the submissions of others, that’s what’s important!

The next CoE is at The Dispersal of Darwin, on the 1st of January. You can submit posts here.

Happy Darwin Day!

Do I spot a Darwin picture? Yes, I do, because…

…it’s that time of year again – the 12th of February – the birthday of Charles Darwin, the co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection and all-round nice guy naturalist. If Darwin were still alive today, he’d be turning 201 and celebrating the 151st anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

To find out more about Darwin Day, you can go to its official website – The International Darwin Day Foundation – and even sign a petition asking President Obama to recognise Darwin Day.

In other Darwin-related news, the excellent blog The Dispersal of Darwin (written by Michael D. Barton) came under attack recently from the Discovery Institute after Jonathan West commented on Evolution News & Views that a recent post by Michael, detailing his attempts to move pro-intelligent design books out of the “Science” section of bookstores and into the “Religion” section, was promoting “vandalism” and “censorship”. Because of West’s link-love, ID proponent commenters flooded Michael’s blog post, so I had a bit of fun last night replying to a few things that they said.

Michael has since responded to West with another blog post, which I highly recommend you check out.

Stay safe, everyone! Just because evolutionary theory is one of the best supported scientific theories out there, it doesn’t mean you should be careless and be subject to either natural selection, artificial selection or just plain ol’ nasty genetic drift. Keep those gametes safe – but don’t forget about your somatic cells as well!