Monthly Archives: May 2016

Of Elephants and Sperm Whales: Parallel Societies

If convergent evolution was the universal norm, we might expect to travel in space and find another planet with a complex ecosystem and species that mirror those found on earth.  Perhaps, if the planet had solid land, there would be … Continue reading

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Of Hummingbirds and Sunbirds: Rules for Jewels

Early European explorers were amazed by the hummingbirds of the Americas, with their dazzling colors and ability to hover and even fly backwards.  Across Africa, Asia, and Australia, however, hummingbirds have a near-equal.  While not quite able to maneuver as … Continue reading

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