In other words, the general rule and tendency has to be that the first time any animal species gets its numbers below a certain point, you can kiss it goodbye.
I don't see how that isn't fatal to Gould's "punctuated equilibria" idea.
The halo effect. Just because a person is qualified in one area mean she/she is equally qualifed in other areas.
There appear to be cases of creatures designed for specific purposes.
Take the Austrrlian funnelweb spider for instance. Totally lethal to humans and monkeys if I've read it properly and yet a dog or cat could get bitten with little effect. As if the thing were designed to keep primates out of some specific area...
Tick birds seem designed to protect large animals from parasites. Butterflies and flowers appears to be designed as artwork of sorts.
The ubiquitous presence of Alu sequences within primate genomes has been the cumulative result of a "copy and paste" mechanism, in which an RNA polymerase III-generated transcript is reverse-transcribed and integrated into the genome (Burke et al. 1999).
However, initial examination of 10.6 Mb of sequence from multiple primate genomes by Liu et al. (2003) revealed a significant deficit in chimpanzee Alu insertions compared with humans and baboons.
Natural selection is a destructive process and not a creative one. Claiming our present biosphere was built with natural selection is like claiming New York City was built with a wrecking ball.
Quote:Natural selection is a destructive process and not a creative one. Claiming our present biosphere was built with natural selection is like claiming New York City was built with a wrecking ball.
GREAT! I guess we don't have to worry about the eventuality of bird flu evolving to affect humans. PHEW.
The best example of initial insight of the rates has been a controlled study of 2 groups of Galapogos finches, where 2 scientists from Princeton have been going down and doing the scutwork statistical and morphological measurements for over 35 years.
Spendius posted that drivvle yesterday at about the time he had his first Whatney's. After the 8th pint, he suddenly gets an urge to "communicate" on the web.
Peter and Rosemary Grant win Balzan Prize
by Ruth Stevens · Posted September 8, 2005; 10:42 p.m.
Peter and Rosemary Grant of Princeton's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology have been selected to receive the Balzan Prize for their work in population biology.
The International Balzan Foundation annually awards four prizes for scientific and academic excellence. Each prize is valued at 1 million Swiss francs (about $800,000), and winners are expected to earmark half of the money for future projects to be carried out by young researchers. The award ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Swiss Houses of Parliament in Bern.
The Grants were selected for "their remarkable long-term studies demonstrating evolution in action in Galapagos finches," according to the foundation. "The work of the Grants has had a seminal influence in the fields of population biology, evolution and ecology. It is generally regarded as the most significant study of evolutionary change in the field that has been carried out in the last 30 years."
Peter Grant is the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and Rosemary Grant is a senior research biologist at Princeton. For three decades, the married couple have traveled to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America to study the various species of finch that influenced Charles Darwin when formulating his theory of evolution. The Grants conduct research on how the finches have changed as a result of dramatic climatic differences.
Both are interested in the interplay of genetics, ecology and behavior, and especially in the question of why and when one species separates into two. In 1991, their joint publication, "Evolutionary Dynamics of a Natural Population: The Large Cactus Finch of the Galapagos," earned the Wildlife Publication Award of the Wildlife Society. They also received the E.O. Wilson Prize of the American Society of Naturalists in 1998, the Darwin Medal of the Royal Society of London in 2002 and the Grinnell Award of the University of California-Berkeley in 2003.
The Grants are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
Since 1961, 106 scientists, scholars, artists and institutions have been honored with the Balzan Prize, including Mother Teresa, the Nobel Foundation and Paul Hindemith. Previous Princeton winners include Charles Gillispie, the Dayton Stockton Professor of History Emeritus, and Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History.
fm, thanks for the compliment. i'm not planning on becoming a regular in the evolution threads, but if the mood should strike, i hope my posts will be nearly as informative as yours.
. As it turned out, this little task has turned into a part time job. It becomes a "mission" It also helps me come up with ideas for next semester's student inquiries in "Methods..."
and that science was guiltyof "cooking data".
If evolution is accepted as the true explanation why is money still being spent on finches that could be spent of reinforcing humdees or providing vaccines for African children.Are they trying to prove it's more true.
You sound more like a best man at a wedding than anything else.You seem to me to have suspended judgement in your wide-eyed wonder.
Spendi, we do alot of things to pull back the foreskin of science.
Izzat ok with you?