Tag: evolution

Super fast and epic summary of the Earth’s evolutionary history.

This is really nicely done*

Crash Course Big History episode with John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie (link).

* I caught one small error during the lifting weights bit.

If it comes to using forced “re-education” tactics on the anti-evolution folks, this here is your brainwashing graphic.


By Nicolas Fong Go, via Fresh Photons

Darwin Phylo deck in progress: Part 2. In which we show more graphical awesomeness! #darwindeck

So, we have a few more pieces of Darwinian art to show, continuing from our first look see. As mentioned before, all of this art is in preparation of a Phylo trading card game that revolves around the many species that Darwin took note of during his “Voyage of the Beagle.”


Above is a mock up of one of the “Event Cards.” This was drawn by Rachel Ignotofsky (website, instagram), which also came with the 3 new images shown below (to add to the 4 shown previously).


As well, here is another card mock up below, with another iconic inclusion, the HMS Beagle itself:


Here, the artwork was created by Robert M. Ball (website, instagram, twitter). Not sure if you remember from the previous “work in progress” post, but Rob has made his 8 commissions into this epic panoramic image. This you can take closer look at below (you can also click to get to a larger version), but essentially, re-imagine this lovely piece as 8 separate cards coming together.

Darwin Deck 2.6
(Click it, click it, click it… you won’t be disappointed!)

Anyway, the Phylo deck project is really starting to come together. Final artwork is coming in, (I’ve even personally bought some of the originals from Diana Sudyka as you can see below), and we’ve finally hired our last artist. This would be Simon Gurr, which is all the more special because this is the individual responsible for the Darwin graphic novel. With his addition, the Darwinian deck should have a total of 40 lovely pieces of art.

All in all, I expect the “Voyage of the Beagle” Deck to be ready around October or November of this year, where it will be launched by the UK Nonprofit, The HMS Beagle Trust, for their science outreach and advocacy programs. Game on!

(Note, you can see the rest of Diana’s pieces at this post).

Stunning portrait of Darwin by @davidrevoy, as composed by a myriad of organisms

Wow. Very cool… How many organisms can you spot?


By David Revoy, via Fresh Photons.

This is a wonderful & touching way to spend 7 minutes in science history joy: Wallace: The Other Guy to Discover Natural Selection

Beautifully done…

Via the New York Times.

That’s one small rocket launch for man, one giant leap for frogkind…

This. Is. Epic.

And all over the internet, but now also archived here at Popperfont if you ever need a graphic on (amphibians, natural selection, biodiversity, thrust calculations, insert keyword here).


From NASA/Universe Today, via Atlantic.

How evolution would go mad (apparently).

And I quote:

“If, by some simple and possible means, such as the lessening of the Earth’s magnetic field, which now deflects most of the cosmic rays, they came through in great strength, evolution would go mad.”


From Amazing Stories, February, 1940. Via Fresh Photons.

Even the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) can be Lord of the Savannah!

(Note that even though these images are digitally manipulated, they’re still awesome)




By George Logan, via My Modern Met

How are we ever going to evolve if you people keep pushing us back into the ocean?


From Bizarro Comics.

It’s a Lucky Thing for Evolutionary Biology that the Following Passages aren’t in the Bible


Jesus then entered the farm, and saw creatures of every shape and size, and so said to his followers, “Hey, my Dad made that creature, and that creature, and also that creature… Actually, now that I think about it, he made them all.”

And at the early dawn of the seventh day, just before He rested, God did a lot of pretty complicated things at super duper God speed. This was so that people would think the whole Creation thing probably took a lot longer than seven days.

The heavens opened and the angels proclaimed, “Fear any literate man, capable of impressive facial hair, who is uncomfortable on boats, has a thing for finches, and is named Darwin, for he is basically an unrighteous phony. So it is said in the very literal Kingdom of God.”

And the Lord said, “Yes, my child, the unicorn was a first edit. They were poorly designed so I had to do away with them – kept goring themselves when nuzzling and stuff. Indeed, not my best work.”

With Cain facing Abel, God then commanded, “Look deeply into his eye, and marvel at my handiwork, because my child, making that eye work properly, took, like, for freakin’ ever!”

And God appeared to Moses as a Burning Bush – not a monkey, but a bush. Because clearly, God is no monkey.

Preliminary Data from the Unicorn Genome: First Possible Indication in History of Mammalian Evolution of Hybridization Across Orders.

From the Science Creative Quarterly. Could this signal the return of the SCQ?

Hope so… (send in some submissions if you hope so too)


Full paper available here (pdf)

Journal of Fantastic Phylogenetics 2012 8(9): 42-49

Abstract: In this study we present the preliminary finding of what could be the first record in history of hybridization between mammalian Orders (Perissodactyla and Cetacea). Phylogenetic analyses from the unicorn (Equus unicornus) mitochondrial genes (protein-coding Cytochrome b, Cytb) show a matriline belonging to the Narwhal (Monodon monceros) while nuclear (V-kit Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma viral oncogene homologKit) clearly show a sister relationship of the unicorn-pegasus (Equus alatus) clade with the rest of the Perissodactyl family Equidae. Our preliminary study strongly suggests the need for further investigation because this finding could completely revolutionise our understanding of the processes of hybridization in mammals.

From the Introduction:

Hybridization is widely known from the plant kingdom (Rieseberg & Carney 1998) and horizontal gene transfer has been repeatedly reported in prokaryotes (Jain et al. 1999). However, these forms of genetic exchange have never been prevalent (or even recorded in the case of horizontal gene transfer) in the Mammalia and never been recorded at such an evolutionary distance between organisms (Equidae and Cetacea).

Here are presented the incongruent results from two phylogenies built with mitochondrial and nuclear genes of E. unicornus showing relatedness to two different orders of the Mammalia.



This awesome fake paper by Anna Bazzicalupo, via the Science Creative Quarterly

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 19


See other Ways Darwin Could Jump the Shark


“Sporting his full white beard, Darwin is hired to impersonate Santa Claus at the local mall. He initially does well in this job, looking the part, being punctual, amicable, and knowledgeable about reindeer. However, he soon begins to insist on teaching children words like “invertebrate.” He also starts giving out stylish feces beads instead of candy canes. Later, he gets in an argument with another Santa Claus in another mall over biologically sound explanations for Rudolph’s glowing nose. The “Darwin vs. Santa Claus” fistfight goes viral on YouTube.”

By David Ng via McSweeney’s. Image: Source Unknown.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 5


Courtesy of Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson




(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Circuit board fossils by Peter McFarlane.

By Peter McFarlane, via Colossal.

Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful… piece of art.

By Ainsley Seago.

Pokemon equals Charles Darwin plus Cock Fighting

From Johnny Wander, by Ananth and Yuko.

Evolutions sucks: The comic

By Rosemary Mosco over at Bird and Moon.

Wonderful vintage evolution illustrations from the American Philosophical Society Flickr account

“This image from Ernst Haeckel’s 1874 The Evolution of Man shows comparisons between cross-sections of different animals and their embryos at different stages of development. For Haeckel the development of an embryo retraced the evolutionary history of the animal. The different colors represent the four types of tissues out of which all the organs formed. Ernst Haeckel. Anthropogenie, oder, Entwickelungsgeschichte des Menschen. Leipzig: W. Engelmann. 1874.”link

“Title: Outlines of Comparative Physiology
Maker: Louis Agassiz, 1851
Significance: In opposition to Darwin”

“Nott, Types of Mankind
Here American physician J. C. Nott attempted to illustrate geologist Louis Agassiz’s theory, which was that each region of the world was populated by separately created sets of species, both animal and human. Such ideas about human species at the time were often influenced by western racial prejudices, as the idea of multiple, separately created races could be used to justify slavery and other forms of subjugation. Darwin disagreed, firmly maintaining that all humans were descended from the same human ancestor. Josiah Clark Nott (1804–1873). Types of Mankind…. Philadelphia: Lippincott and Grambo, 1854.”

See and learn more from the APS Flickr account, via Fresh Photons.

Lonesome George, never again. O.K. This made me tear up a little…

By 9gag.com, and in reference to Lonesome George’s recent passing.

How evolution can affect friendships.

By Phil Selby at the Rut.

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