Category: Ecology

New fossil discovery: Get lost, tyrannosaur punk. The Seeatch just spotted you!

Let’s not lose sight of this: Before the Siats fossil was found, a whole narrative existed of late Cretaceous ecology that got started entirely in ignorance of this top predator. That would be like trying to understand the northern wilderness without the wolf or the bear. more

Humans must stop thinking they’re special but must also save the world?

The human ability to even HAVE a quest for specialness tells you something right away. But not something the author gets, because she goes on, and it doesn’t get better more

No more Goldilocks for YOU!!

It’s curious how much pop science journalists need to on the one hand decry our earthly good fortune and on the other to proclaim disaster. more

The paper: Life forms can’t digest wood: Why this is a problem for Darwinism

“The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet. ” more

UD Commenter Nick Matzke in Prestigious Scientific Journal Nature Again

I believe this is already the 2nd time that Nick has graced the pages of the world’s leading science journal. See: Predicting a state shift in the biosphere, and communicating it. Looks like it is the cover story too! Nick and I have been opponents in the ID / Evolution debate for years. I’m glad […] more

Ancient bacteria resisted antibiotics they’d never met – jumping genes implicated

In “Antibiotic resistance found in ancient bacteria” (CBC News, Aug 31, 2011), Emily Chung reports, The same genes that make disease-causing bacteria resistant to today’s antibiotics have been found in soil bacteria that have remained frozen since woolly mammoths roamed the Earth. “We’ve shown for the first time that drug resistance is a really old […] more

Bring back natural history, say biologists

Fully urban students who grow up watching nature documentaries about faroff exotic animals don’t know much about the life forms that comprise their own ecology. Many could recite school facts who have never lived with those facts. more

Scientific American sort of agrees with UD News?

Many “urban leaders’” environmental regulations are just plain stupid but local people (intelligent agents) – who know the regs are stupid – monitor them. That beats remote bureaucracy cold. Dead. more

Invasive species: When environmentalists shove Darwinism under the bus

Anyone who has witnessed one of these popular non-native species eradication programs (the author mentions a local “Operation: No More Water Chestnuts” as a case in point) is put in mind of traditional groups conducting a ritual hunt for “evil.” more

You should have had more faith in cod.

This encouraging story from CBC News, “East Coast cod found to be recovering” (Jul 27, 2011), shows why ecology is a science and apocalypse isn’t. more

One reason why the “fittest” don’t necessarily survive

At ScienceDaily we learn, “Scientists Uncover an Unhealthy Herds Hypothesis” (June 24, 2011), Biologists worldwide subscribe to the healthy herds hypothesis, the idea that predators can keep packs of prey healthy by removing the weak and the sick. This reduces the chance disease will wipe out the whole herd, but could it be that predators […] more

Darwinian deadliness?

No, this isn’t about what you think. For once, we are talking about frogs and newts. A friend notes that an evolutionary biologist puzzles as follows: “One of the most puzzling paradoxes in the evolution of toxins is why organisms evolve to be deadly – contrary to venoms, for which deadly effects have a clear […] more

Intelligent design and ecology: Environmental change via biosphere feedback mechanisms

British physicist David Tyler writes at Access Research Network (10 December 2009): With millions of eyes on Copenhagen, this seems an appropriate time to ask whether ID thinking has any relevance to understanding the Earth’s environment. Can design concepts help us weigh the diverse and often conflicting messages? I think ID is helpful, because features […] more