Frozen Evolution book

Most biologists and biology students think that evolutionary biology is basically a closed chapter of science. But what if this is not the way things are? What if evolutionary biology underwent a quite fundamental revolution in the 70's and 80's of the past century, following which all the textbooks in this field should basically be rewritten?  >> Read more

Frozen plasticity theory

This theory suggests a mechanism of the origin of adaptive traits in sexual organisms. The classical Darwinian mechanism of the origin of adaptive traits by natural selection can explain the evolution of such traits only under a very special situation, e.g., in a genetically homogeneous population of asexual organisms. The frozen plasticity theory is much more general: It can also explain the origin and evolution of adaptive traits in a genetically heterogeneous population of sexual organisms. >> Read more

Watch out for Toxo! The Secret Guide to Practical Science.

XIII. How Toxoplasma changes the appearance of its human host

As I mentioned, one way that we measured Suspiciousness with behavioral tests, was by asking the test subjects if we could take an anthropometric measurement. We then observed, how willing the person was to agree, and how cooperative they were during the measurement. A side-product of this test was that we were left with detailed anthropometric data for about 500 students. With each student we measured about 30 body parameters, including earlobe height and width, wrist width and head circumference. >> Read more

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