Links to Share

Rare well preserved spider fossil: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/30/472446223/305-million-year-old-fossil-a-glimpse-into-the-origins-of-spiders

This is a very useful guide to handling baby birds (I wish I’d had it last autumn)! http://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/found-a-baby-bird/

You know I love maps…here are some great ones showing what you would see from the sea shore…given super unlimited sight! http://andywoodruff.com/blog/beyond-the-sea/

Resources for natural history nerds: http://blog.nature.org/science/2016/02/25/7-resources-for-natural-history-nerds/?utm_source=cgs&utm_medium=alsoin&utm_campaign=field-notes

I would add bugguide.net to that list!

For example, pretty beetle: http://bugguide.net/node/view/571238/bgpage

This is a fascinating paper about the evolution of floral rewards adjacent to honeybee hives…when there’s a surplus of pollinators, flowers evolve to provide fewer rewards because there is a cost to producing floral rewards. It makes you wonder about the impacts we have on evolving species without knowing it… Mu et al 2014, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/13-2055.1/full

The amazing fleetle! My colleague and I spent a long time staring at this fly that mimics a beetle before we figured out what was going on. Entomology never ceases to amaze! (If you don’t read French, google will translate the page for you) http://passion-entomologie.fr/mouches-celyphidae/

Another paper; this one is on fossilized orchid pollinaria! They’ve been pulling their tricks for a long time (Tertiary Dominican amber)… Poinar 2016 (here’s the pdf)

Wasps make amazing nests when you give them construction paper! http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/04/rainbow-wasps/

A discussion of shinyness and a beetle with a raspberry beret! http://www.wired.com/2014/07/a-beetle-with-a-raspberry-beret/#slide-4

(I’m not going to link to that song because I hate that song, sorry :P)

A new tree of life diagram!  These are always fun…this one does a better job of emphasizing the incredible diversity of bacteria: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/science/scientists-unveil-new-tree-of-life.html

An analysis of male vs female dialogue in movies: http://polygraph.cool/films/index.html

I’ve had some pretty hostile reviewer comments over the years (My favourite is still “this study is doomed to failure”), but this tumblr of horrible things reviewers say made me feel a little better: http://shitmyreviewerssay.tumblr.com/

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