Hilary Miller

Origins of the tree of life - Chicken or Egg

Aug 22, 2009

 Darwin is usually credited with being the first person to describe relationships among species as a tree.  I’ll admit I always thought this was the case, until this week when some discussion on an evolution email list I subscribe to enlightened me. Darwin used this tree figure in The Origin of Species to illustrate his idea of “descent [...]

New Zealand’s walking bats - Unsorted

Aug 12, 2009

New Zealand’s lesser short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata is slightly odd in the bat world due to its propensity for running about on the ground instead of flying.  Unlike most bats, which catch their prey while in flight, the lesser short-tailed bat spends much of its time foraging on the forest floor.  The elbow joints in [...]

Vaccinate your kids, people! - Chicken or Egg

Aug 08, 2009

So NZ has a surprisingly low vaccination rate, and now we are  in the middle of a measles outbreak . I hope our low vaccination rates are not due to parents buying into the myth that vaccines cause autism, and thinking they are protecting their children by not immunising them.  Anyone who believes this should read the [...]