Monthly Archives: October 2010

Weird sex physiology, Halloween edition

Source. Myotis lucifugus. © M. A. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International One physiological problem (of many) that hibernating mammals face is the preservation of gametes during the winter months. During torpor, most animals do not continue spermatogenesis (the creation of new … Continue reading

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Pictures and video for a Sunday afternoon.

Source. A reader pointed me to a second composite image of a “global human.” It is “a composite itself from four composite of Northwest European, South & West Asian, East Asian and African faces…” As I said in the comments … Continue reading

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Carnal Carnival: Orgasms (call for posts)

It’s that time again! This month’s theme is orgasms, so it’s time to start drafting or digging for posts for next month’s Carnal Carnival! This edition will be hosted for Scicurious, and you can see her official call for posts … Continue reading

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Uncinate processes link birds and dinosaurs (repost)

This is a post from my archives, originally posted on July 14, 2010. I’d like to talk about birds today, but first a comedic aside: the first sentence of the review paper below mentions three lineages of flying vertebrates. I … Continue reading

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Dick Hill: Stinky Clams and Coral Bleaching

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with Dick Hill, the author of one of the most popular animal physiology textbooks in circulation right now, and a pretty damn successful ecophysiologist. He used to work with mammals and birds, but … Continue reading

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Menopause as an evolutionary strategy (repost)

This is a post from my archives, originally posted on July 22, 2010. Okay, this blog is going to get to the core of a topic I find insanely interesting, which is the fact that humans generally live a long, … Continue reading

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Low fat pumpkin spice cake

One of my favorite things about autumn is the pumpkin spice flavored drinks and desserts that crop up everywhere. I haven’t been able to enjoy that very much this year because of my gallbladder-enforced low fat diet, but I recently … Continue reading

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