I will start the ball rolling with some initial ideas. I hope folks will suggest additional options in the comments. Perhaps with a few versions of the list batted around, we can develop the optimal set. What should be on such a list? Several categories stand out. (1) Locations where organisms are particularly special, such as Galápagos. (2) Particular organisms of evolutionary significance or novelty, such as the platypus. (3) Locations of historical/contemporary importance to the study of evolution, such as Darwin’s home. (4) Amazing interactions between organisms, such honey guides and honey badgers or the parasitic isopod that replaces the tongue of some marine fish. (5) Specific dramatic or important fossils or fossil sites, such as the Burgess Shale. So I will start our group effort by suggesting some items for the Evolution Bucket List: some I have already experienced, some I expect to experience, and some that would be great to experience but that I probably never will.
|Darwin called them "imps of darkness."|
|Having a pint in Darwin's Pub.|
|The Berlin Archaeopteryx|
|Me shooting pictures of oilbirds. (Photo by Felipe Perez-Jvostov)|
|Many spiders could make the list. |
How cool is this crab spider waiting for dinner to fly up?
|Penguin (check - Galapagos), Elephant Seal (check - California). Millions of each on a beach in (or near) Antarctica (pending).|
|Just need to get this orca and this sea lion on the beach in the same picture!|
I would trade several thousand kangaroos for one (OK, maybe two) thylacines.
So, there’s my first attempt at an alpha version of an Evolution Bucket List. Please send me some new ideas so we can make a definitive list. If you have actually knocked off the item, then a tiny description like those above would be great – with a video or picture, ideally one you took yourself.
Have at ’er.