Tag Archive: cycad

Sep 13

Apomorphism

Cycas thouarsii and Ginkgo biloba [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

apomorphism (n) The false belief that evolutionary novelty is good in and of itself, that some novelties are so special that they trump all others, and that the organisms possessing these special novelties are superior in some way to all organisms lacking them. See also: egotism, mammalocentrism, ‘scientific’ racism — “So I was just chatting …

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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 (I won’t know until s/he gets older) 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 cones …

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