Chicken or Egg

Natural selection definitions and modes

Hilary Miller Aug 26, 2009

Greg Laden has written some useful posts over the last few days on natural selection.  This post deals with how to define natural selection and deals with some common misconceptions on the topic, and this one covers modes of selection.   There’s also an interesting post of whether humans are still subject to natural selection. So head on [...] … Read More

New Zealand’s walking bats

Hilary Miller 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 [...] … Read More

Vaccinate your kids, people!

Hilary Miller 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 [...] … Read More