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Stories by Kevin Zelnio

Missing Legs? Not Much of a Problem for Spiders

[caption id="attachment_179" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Male Schizocosa sp. CC license photo courtesy of Marshall Hedin on Flickr (click for full)."][/caption] When our news editor asked on twitter what sort of animal "this six-legged spider thing" is?...

September 27, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

The Cost of Bearing Lanterns

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Firefly photo by James Jordan on Flickr. Used in accordance with CC license."][/caption] LIGHT.

September 14, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
A Natural Disturbance

A Natural Disturbance

I have a draft composition of the next Evolution’s Tempo movement, but it appears that an unexpected natural disturbance has occurred in my blogging schedule.

August 25, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Evolution's Tempo, Movement I: Adagio

In its rawest form, evolution is change over time. Many things evolve: chemical reactions, landscapes, behaviors, and of course species. The scale of time is rarely defined though.

August 15, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Word of the Month: Myrmecomorphy

[caption id="attachment_115" align="alignleft" width="222" caption="Ant, or Spider? You Decide! Top: Sandilya Theuerkauf; Bottom: Sean Hoyland (both from Wikipedia Commons)."][/caption] Myrmecomorphy Part of the fun in natural history is playing word detective!...

August 6, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Louis CK: Let Loose the Lions!

A funny piece from Louis CK on the Letterman Show! He brings up some very good point about human evolution: "I think human beings are still evolving and we're all responsible for that.

July 31, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Prescribing Gene Flow

When ecosystems are sick, who prescribes the cure? Its not as straight-forward as it is in medicine. A doctor diagnoses a problem and prescribes some medication or treatments to ease the pain or kill infectious agents...

July 29, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Agent of Selection

You, friend, are a force to reckon with. The power you wield is unfathomable. You can effect change at the flick of the wrist. You hold the future of many at your mighty whim.

July 21, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Circus of the Spineless

Since 2009, I have enthusiastically administered the Circus of the Spineless - a monthly traveling blog carnival about the most important of all animal life, the invertebrates ...

July 18, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

The Reality and Utility of Bear Paternity Tests

[caption id="attachment_44" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Bear is unimpressed. Photo CC by Flickr user Marshmallow."][/caption] It was summer of 2008 and the rhetoric was getting as hot as a globally warmed hood on a '91 Chevy Camaro RS (my 2nd car, with t-tops of course)...

July 15, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
The Crossroads of Evolution and Ecology

The Crossroads of Evolution and Ecology

Penicillium makes Penicillin by Ryan Somma of Ideonexus. About EvoEcoLab Natural history is about observation and long, deep thinking. The best natural scientists have spent lots of time thinking about what they are witness to...

July 5, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

A World Ocean

Every year on June 8 ocean enthusiasts celebrate World Oceans Day. Last year over 300 official events in 45 countries recognized how the Earth’s largest and most complex ecosystem affects not only the rest of the planet and its inhabitants, but how the seas touch upon the essence of being human and the connectivity of the human-sphere to the ocean-sphere...

June 8, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
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