Thursday, January 8, 2015

Carnival of Evolution #78 - the Short-Arse edition

Finally, the 78rd edition is up. Not too much has happened in the evolution blogosphere to my knowledge, so this edition is really short but good. Like short stories; can't be bothered by a whole novel. We have some of the regulars again, and then some new ones. Notably David Hume (pseudonym), who is a professor somewhere keeping his/her real identify a secret. It is thus our task to read Hume's posts carefully and figure out who this may be. Enjoy!

David Hume @ The Art of World-Making
Proteins in a boiling kettle? No worries - molecular
Reuse, recycle, repurpose …. how evolution makes do - molecular

Charles Goodnight @ Evolution in Structured Populations
Genes, society, sexism and racism - theory
Genetic distance and FST - equations

Emily Thompson @ Panda's Thumb
Phylogenomic Fallacies - semantics

Sarah W. Fitzpatrick @ Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
Retracing the legacy of guppy introductions past: local differentiation maintained despite high and rapid gene flow - genomics

Jeremy Yoder @ Nothing in Biology Makes Sense
Under selection, an endangered species runs low on evolutionary “fuel” - genomics

Dan Graur @ Judge Starling
If @ENCODE_NIH is right, each of us should have 7e45 children - theory

Artem Kaznathcheev @ Theory, Evolution, and Games Group
Memes, compound strategies, and factoring the replicator equation - theory

Tania Lombrozo @ NPR
Does It Matter Who Accepts Evolution? - creationism
John Hawks @ John Hawks Weblog

The art of Homo erectus - Hahaha, he said erectus

And that's it! Now go on and share posts you have found about evolution on Facebook or via Twitter ✌ ☮

Monday, December 1, 2014

Carnival of Evolution #77 - the Phoenix edition

Welcome to the new Carnival of Evolution. From now on every edition will be hosted here. Who the actual host will be may vary, but until someone volunteers without being asked, it will be yours truly. The reason for this change is that interest has been on the decline, both in hosting and in submitting posts. Failure to get anything published for November was the last straw. Luckily, people are still blogging about evolution, so the task at hand really is just to find those posts. So, if you ever see any, it would be great if you linked to it on the Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or email it.

Hitherto diversity has been encouraged. If you take a look at the hosting guidelines, it was suggested that the hosts be creative about how to present the monthly collection of evolution blog-posts. And that has been fun. However, with this transition I now elect to publish the forthcoming editions in a more streamlined manner. At this point in time I am not quite sure what that will entail, so the product will probably evolve with each edition. Lastly, for those who wish to reminisce, here's a list of the first 76 editions.

And with that, here is the 77th Carnival of Evolution - the Phoenix edition:

Charles Goodnight @ Evolution in Structured Populations
Variance in a structured world - theory
On partitioning fitness - theory
A conversation with a physicist: Some thoughts on fitness - theory
Spider group selection - theory
Individuals as multispecies entities - theory
Heritability and the individual - theory
Selection and individuality - theory

Adam Benton @ EvoAnth
Did conflict drive the evolution of the human brain? - anthro
Religious acceptance of evolution result of dogma, not scientific understanding - creationism
Nice chimps finish last: aggression correlated with reproductive success in chimpanzees - anthro
When did throwing evolve? - anthro
Ancient DNA reveals how often and when humans and neanderthals interbred - anthro
Our big brains evolved to make tools - anthro

Brian Switek @ Laelaps

The making of the mammalian nose - paleo
Spineless giants track oceanic revolution - paleo
Getting to the root of fur - paleo
What was on the early mammal menu? - paleo
Evolution in the slow lane - paleo

Bradly Alicea @ Synthetic Daisies
Ratchets, constructions, games, and Borg in the reading queue - theory
Toy models for evolution - theory

Noah Snyder-Mackler @ The Molecular Ecologist
From cats to rats: two studies on domestication and tameness - genomics

Melissa DeBiasse @ The Molecular Ecologist
Here, kitty, kitty. The cat genome sheds light on feline evolution and domestication - genomics

Stacy Krueger-Hadfield @ The Molecular Ecologist
The forest resounding at rare intervals with the note of … reproductive isolation - genomics

Bjørn Østman @ Pleiotropy
Evolution, sex, and mixability - theory

Alex Jordan @ BEACON blog
BEACON Researchers at Work: Going with the Flow - behavior

Andew Hendry @ Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
PITCHFORK SCIENCE: Guppies, Stickleback, and Darwin’s Finches - eco

Erik Svensson @ Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
Plasticity in mate preferences and the not-so-needed Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) - eco

Yoel Stuart @ Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics
An invasive species drives rapid evolution in a native - eco

Jeremy Yoder @ Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!
Tracing the start of monarch butterflies’ epic journey, in their genes - genomics

Razib Khan @ Gene Expression
Evolution ever evolves - theory

Jerry Coyne @ Why Evolution Is True
Evolutionary psychology, sexual dimorphism, and ideology - behavior

Emily Thompson @ Panda's Thumb
Analyzing the genome with statistics - genomics
The family tree of life - phylogenetics

Jason Rosenhouse @ EvolutionBlog
Responses to Barash' talk - creationism

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That concludes the 77th CoE - the Phoenix edition. No request for host volunteers will be made, because the next edition will be right here as well. But do send in posts on evolution, even if you aren't the author. If you have other suggestions, those would be welcome too. Carnival of Evolution is on Facebook and Twitter. ✌ ☮

Saturday, November 29, 2014

76 months old - 76 editions

Carnival of Evolution has died. 76 months old, 76 editions. But it will rise again. Stay tuned...

Here's all past editions (save for a few that succumbed to linkrot). Interesting trend in the titles.

76 Carnival of Evolution #76!
75 Carnival of Evolution #75: A Journey
74 The August Carnival of Evolution
73 73rd Carnival of Evolution: World Cup Edition
72 Blog carnival!
71 Carnival of Evolution, Edition #71: A Theory of Evolution or the Evolution of a Theory?
70 Carnival of Evolution #70: the game of evolution
69 69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition
68 Carnival of Evolution, February 2014 Edition
67 Carnival of Evolution, No. 67 — Wallace centenary edition
66 The Day of the Doctor of Evolution: CoE #66
65 The Carnival of Evolution #65: Horror Host Edition
64 Carnival of Evolution: a better late than never edition cabinet of curiousities
63 The Carnival of Evolution: Eclectic September edition
62 Carnival of Evolution 62: The Whig History
61 Carnival of Evolution #61: Crustie Lovin’ Edition
60 Carnival of Evolution #60: Party like it’s 1953
59 Carnival of Evolution #59: A letter from the Doctor
58 Carnival of Evolution, #58 -- Visions of the Evolutionary Future
57 Carnival of Evolution, March 2013
56 The Carnival of Evolution: World Travel Edition!
55 Linkrot
54 Carnival of Evolution #54: A Walkabout Mount Improbable
53 SOS presents - the Carnival of Evolution #53
52 Carnival of Evolution, Number 52 — the Network Edition
51 Carnival of Evolution 51--Darwin's Restaurant
50 Carnival of Evolution 50: The Teaching Edition
49 Carnival of Evolution: catch 49
48 Carnival of Evolution #48: The Icelandic Saga!
47 Carnival of Evolution 47: All the Evolution News that’s Fit to Blog
46 Carnival of Evolution, Number 46 -- The Tree (structures) of Life
45 Carnival of Evolution #45
44 Proceedings of the 44th Carnival of Evolution
43 Carnival of Evolution 43!
42 Carnival of Evolution #42: Answers to life, the universe and everything
41 Carnival of Evolution #41
40 The Carnival of Evolution!
39 Linkrot
38 Carnival of Evolution #38
37 The Carnival of Evolution #37- Happy Canada Day!
36 “If You Love Evolution, Tweet About It!” COE # 36
35 The Carnival is here!
34 34th Carnival of Evolution
33 Linkrot
32 CoE #32: Letter from Darwin
31 Start 2011 off with some evolution, the Carnival of Evolution!
30 The Carnival of Evolution #30
29 Carnival of Evolution #29
28 Carnival of Evolution #28 - Featuring Sandwalk
27 Linkrot
26 Carnival of Evolution #26
25 Carnival of Evolution #25 (July 2010)
24 Carnival of Evolution #24
23 Linkrot
22 Carnival of Evolution #22
21 Carnival of Evolution #21: The Superstar Edition
20 Carnival of Evolution #20!
19 Carnival of Evolution #19!
18 Linkrot
17 Carnival Of Evolution, 17th Edition
16 Carnival of Evolution 16 - the [find modest synonym for outstanding] edition
15 Carnival of Evolution #14
14 Carnival of Evolution 14
13 Linkrot
12 Carnival of Evolution #12
11 Carnival of Evolution #11
10 Carnival of Evolution #10
09 Linkrot
08 Carnival of Evolution #8
07 Linkrot
06 Carnival of Evolution #6
05 Carnival of Evolution #5
04 The Carnival of Evolution
03 The Carnival of Evolution #3
02 Carnival of Evolution, #2
01 Carnival of Evolution #1

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Losing hosts

Who wants to host the 77th edition this coming December? The November edition didn't go up as planned, unfortunately - this is a first, and I hope it will be the last. But it probably won't. Interest in CoE is declining (it probably is in blog carnivals in general), which I believe (on evidence) has a lot to do with social media; carnivals are a way to share your content, but Facebook, Twitter, etc. are taking over that job, it seems.

If you are interested in hosting take a look at these brief CoE hosting guidelines and then let me know.

Friday, September 26, 2014

CoE #76 in a few days

Next edition of CoE will be hosted on Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics. Submit your posts by email or on the Facebook page.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CoE #74 (up) and #75 (shortly)

Next edition is just a few days away, and will be by Sam Hardman at Ecologica.

We need more posts. Reply here with URLs or post them to the Facebook page.

The August edition was posted by Titus Brown at Living in an Ivory Basement.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saved by the bell

Yeah!, we have a host for August. C. Titus Brown (Lab page) has volunteered. It will be his first, and he will host on his blog Living in an Ivory Basement.

And the September edition will be at Sam Hardman's blog Ecologica.

Phew! that was a close one.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The imminent death of CoE

Ten days form now the next edition of Carnival of Evolution should go up. However, we do not have a host...

What to do? Basically, without anyone to host, CoE will die. It may then revive the following month, but it's not like anyone has volunteered to host September either.

Are you willing to host?
Know anybody who might be?
Any other ideas?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Host for 74th edition?

We need a host for the 74th edition in August. Any volunteers?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

World Cup edition of CoE

The 73rd Carnival of Evolution is up on Pleiotropy: World Cup edition.

We are desperately looking for someone to host the 74th CoE in August. Any volunteers?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

73rd CoE on Pleiotropy

Due to a lack of host volunteers, I will host the 73rd edition on Pleiotropy.

Any takers for the 74th edition on August 1st?

Monday, June 2, 2014

72nd CoE is up

Latest CoE is the 72nd, and it's up now at Evolution: Education and Outreach Blog. Thanks to Adam Goldstein for hosting. Spread the word.

There are 22 posts this month. That's not bad at all. It's not very many either (but the quality of the writing is top-notch). Participation in Carnival of Evolution is down. It seems Carnivals are a thing of the past. My guess is that social media has made this particular form of sharing blog-posts superfluous. I hope I'm wrong.

The number of different people who submit has gone down significantly. CoE now relies on a few regular contributors who submit their own as well as others' blog-posts. Notably Bradly Alicea (who has been active for a long time) and Charles Goodnight, who is a relative newcomer to blogging. Charles writes about theoretical evolution once a week and shares his posts via the CoE Facebook page. But I fear this is akin to biological systems of low diversity: they are more likely to go extinct when the system relies on a few generalist species.

I suppose it's good news that science bloggers don't feel the need to boost their readership by sharing their blog-posts with the 357 people who are subscribed to the feed on Facebook.

Interested in hosting this summer? Months open are July, August, September. Still a few seats left for those who hurry.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Carnival of Evolution, Edition #71: A Theory of Evolution or the Evolution of a Theory?

The 71st edition of CoE is up today at Chimeras hosted by @eegiorgi.

Would be great if you shared the link aggressively. Militantly, even.

Due to a change in how the submission process works, some posts weren't caught until this afternoon. They have now been included. Consequently the guide for hosts has been updated to reflect this, emphasizing that people can submit posts both as a comment to the hosting announcement on the Facebook page, as well as by submitting to the page itself (which results in link that are a little bit hidden, for which we can only blame Zuckerberg and Sandberg).

Adam Goldstein @EEOBlogger is our host for June. Anyone interested in grabbing July or August?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions through Facebook continues to be down, so I am hereby officially discontinuing the use of it for submissions to CoE. Instead, people are encouraged to submit via the Facebook page CarnyEvolution.

The next host will be listed with links to their blog and a Twitter handle, if they have one. If you post a comment with a URL to a blog-post that you have written, or that someone else have written, about evolution, it will be included in the forthcoming edition (always at the discretion of the host).

I very much hope that this system will work well enough that CoE won't die an agonizing death like so many other science blog carnivals.

Our host for May is E. E. Giorgi at Chimeras, and she tweets @eegiorgi.

The June edition will be hosted by Adam M Golstein @eeoblogger.

If you would like to host, email me at (Check out the hosting guidelines.)