BIO-EXPOSITIONS

Biological Expositions is a series of blog-posts each of which is equivalent in content to a book chapter. If bio-bullets are likened to a starter, bio-musings could be seen as a light lunch and Biological Expositions as a three course meal.


Bio-expositions
15 December 2015

Giant panda puzzleboard

The giant panda is an icon of conservation but no longer needs to be an icon of inexplicable colouration in animals.

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Have rock hyraxes been shaped by a capricious Creator, or just recreational killing by baboons?

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Evolutionary pressure to be mammal-like seems like water off these ratites’ backs.

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Nature’s geometrical caricatures point out our everyday blindness to where the tails of fishes really begin and end.

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By daring to swim, sargassum forms a triad with two opposite fishes that both dare to unswim.

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The honey badger embodies the drama of big game country, whereas the wolverine is a concentrate of Siberian emptiness.

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The lioness may show off in more ways than meets an infatuated eye.

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One drought-beating tree with an aura of affluence can wear its crown of thorns as a halo.

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15 August 2015

Yours Cuprically

Some enzymes have bluer blood than others and this antioxidant is more electric than most.

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30 July 2015

I am Casuarina

These woodheads would rather burn at the stake than be called pines or oaks.

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The human ear lobe may be Nature’s first body part which has evolved only to be custom-tooled.

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What it looks like when hips are swapped for pecs, hindfins become forefins, and vents really become ventral.

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In our determination to see a pouched felid, have we overlooked an even more gripping dentition?

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Is a woman’s peniform the sole organ of erotic dedication – or an essential feminine multitasker?

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