GrrlScientist is an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist and science writer who writes about evolution, ethology and ecology, especially in birds. Also publishes a few invited guest blog essays.
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How do you preserve a fish so researchers can study it for hundreds of years into the future? This video shows six different methods used by the American Museum of Natural history to preserve its coelacanth specimens for research.Coelacanths originally appeared in the fossil record between 415-360 million years ago. The first specimen was discovered and described from a fossilised tail in 1839 by biologist and geologist, Louis Agassiz. Originally thought to have gone extinct alongside the […]
This week, I share three books with you; a compelling and engaging exploration of what nature does for Britain, a witty look at the many weird, wonderful and enchanting members of the animal kingdom, and a short history Fairy Tales.What Nature Does For Britain by Tony Juniper [281 pages, Profile Books, 2015; Guardian bookshop; Amazon UK paperback/kindle UK; Amazon US paperback/kindle US] Continue reading...
A recent study by a research team in Scotland reveals that birds intentionally choose colour-matching materials to camouflage their nests thereby reducing predation risk.The old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs into one basket” belies the very thing that many bird species must do. For this reason, predation is a major cause of loss of eggs, nestlings and the brooding hen, especially for birds that build open-cup nests. So how do birds protect their nests from predators? […]
Helping you observe “Caturday” and to help you get into the proper mood for the weekend, I must share some short videos of pandas doing what I wish I could do right now: enjoy the snow.Let’s face it: I miss the snow. After a few teasing moments outside my windows, it finally arrived during the holidays, coating my drab, dirty little town in magic. Alas, it stayed for only 36 hours (give or take an hour), before melting out of sight. If history is any indication, it’ll […]
This week, I share two books with you; a readable collection of essays written by the foremost authorities in neuroscience about the future of the brain, and a lovely book of poetry and art that captures the spirit of an urban natural area.. Continue reading...
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