Gunnar (editor) is intrigued by science in general and the diversity and complexity of life in specific. He has degrees in both evolutionary biology and philosophy of science and has been known to get lost in his own thoughts. So far, he has found the way back each time.
Watching landscapes makes us care more about our future. Most of us are aware of the fact that climate change is happening, and that it’s going to cause quite a bit of problems. Likewise, we know that the growing population, increase in obesity, the burden of pollution and several other things are major challenges. In …Continue Reading
Rolling in the deep past: a struggle for life. You’re under attack! Quick, what do you do? One of the options is to curl up and protect your vulnerable parts, to roll your body into a little ball and prevent as much damage as you possibly can. From woodlice to hedgehogs, this is a defensive …Continue Reading
Among the studied primates , over 800 genes showed a different methylation pattern between species. You’ve probably heard that human beings and chimpanzees share almost 99% of their DNA. But is this enough to explain the many differences we see between ourselves and our evolutionary cousins?* Enter DNA methylation. When a methyl group (CH3) binds …Continue Reading
The flexibility of their necks seems to rival that of modern swans Remember Jurassic Park? Remember those stately long-necked dinosaurs (aka sauropods)? Necks graciously curved to reach the top leaves of the giant trees, the flexibility of their necks seems to rival that of modern swans. But were these mighty beasts capable of holding their …Continue Reading
The famous paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould once asked what would happen if we were to ‘replay the tape of life’. How different or similar would it turn out? He himself thought it could be profoundly different. In other words, in his view evolution is unrepeatable. However, instances of convergent evolution, where organisms of a different …Continue Reading