Tag Archive: evolution

Jul 26

The magnolia misunderstanding

Angiosperm phylogeny stressing magnoliids [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]: thistle appears as an outgroup to the ((magnolia,bay),(pepper,birthwort)) clade

T. Ryan Gregory has a great post at Genomicron on the ‘Platypus Fallacy’. He imagines a platypus professor explaining the wonders of the Human Genome Project to a group of student platypodes: “The lineage of which humans are a part is a very ancient offshoot of our mammalian family tree, so it was 166 million …

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Apr 27

Why living fossils need to die

Encephalartos ferox [cc-by-sa-3.0 Steve Cook]

I’m the proud owner of a Madagascan cycad. He or she (but never “it”, for cycads have two sexes) gets an annual decking with baubles at Christmas, but spends most of the rest of the year getting in the way of the television. Cycads look a lot like palms, but rather than producing flowers and fruits, they make …

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