Top 2016 Human Biology Books

These are my picks for the top twenty human biology and primatology books published in 2016. These books cover topics as diverse as gibbon evolution, cultural evolution, and primate cognition. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included are the text blurbs; personal reviews available on request! Want …

Top 2016 Arthropod Books

These are my picks for the top five arthropod books published in 2016, including a diving beetle catalogue, mites, and extracellular matrices. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included are the text blurbs; personal reviews available on request! Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top …

Could the ‘Cambrian Explosion’ be explained by most multicelluar organisms having been as small as the rotifers before that?

Originally answered by me on Quora.  Here is an interesting thought experiment. Before the answer, here is the detailed question: It seems that rotifers are hardly ever found as fossils: the only finds are more recent than the death of the dinosaurs. But there is little doubt they are a …

What are the implications of the Cambrian Explosion for evolutionary biology?

Utility of palaeontology: Without fossils, we would never have even known that there was a Cambrian Radiation and we would have kept on believing that animals originated and diversified 700+ million years ago, as molecular clocks falsely tell us. Also included here is importance of exceptional preservation and understanding the …

Teaching Resources: Background Knowledge on Turtle Shell Evolution

Jump to: Palaeontology; Development; Evolution; Ecological Aspects; Useful Diagrams. The turtle’s shell is one of the most striking and unique features found in organismal biology, and questions and debates on its origin have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries, with as much resolution found now as in the 1800s. The turtle …