Monday, December 2, 2013

Carnival of Evolution #66

Carnival of Evolution #66 is up, with a Doctor Who theme.  Our contribution of the month is Timothy Farkas's post on eco-evolutionary dynamics in Timema cristinae.  It's quite a fun post, so check it out if you haven't already!

The evolution of Dr. Who.  What determines his phenotype over time?  Does the breeder's equation apply?  If so, what is the G-matrix – and is it constant?  Or is all this variation due to phenotypic plasticity?  Could it be some sort of aposematic display, perhaps?  The fourth Doctor's scarf certainly seems like an example of niche construction.  As always, further research is needed.

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