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This Is a Truly Lousy Experiment About Evolution

by Ed Yong, The Atlantic,
Mar. 13, 2019

“Believing that it is always best to study some special group, I have, after deliberation, taken up domestic pigeons,” wrote one Charles Darwin in On the Origin of Species. Four years earlier..."

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Read commentary by D. Rozen: "Lice dodge death by going to the light" in Journal of Experimental Biology - here

Read the University of Utah press release - here

Sex, lice and video tape

by Lisa Potter, Univ. Utah


"Biologists drove the divergence of different-sized feather lice from a single population. In 4 years the evolved lice had trouble mating with each other, a sign of speciastion. They caught it on tape..."


Watch a 1min video summary and read the press release here


Read the Daily Beast article - here

Far Side of Science

by Lisa Potter, Univ. Utah

"Since Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” cartoons hit newsstands in 1979, Dale Clayton, an evolutionary parasitologist at the University of Utah and appreciator of the wacky, has loved the comic’s tongue-in-cheek representation of the natural world and the scientists who study it....""


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Birds Fight Alien Invasion

by Lee Siegel, Univ. Utah

"Unlike Hawaii and other island groups, no native bird has gone extinct in the Galapagos Islands, although some are in danger. But University of Utah biologists found that finches – the birds Darwin studied – develop antibodies against two parasites that moved to the Galapagos, suggesting the birds can fight the alien invaders...."

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A few examples of other media coverage:

May 19, 2017 - "Endangered Species Day" by J. Hanson - here  

Dec 18, 2015 - paper in Journal of Applied Ecology, read press release "Darwin's Finches May Face Extinction" - here

May 6, 2014 - article in Scientific American -"Darwin's Finches Stamp Out Deadly Parasite with Help from Cotton Balls"; by J. Morrison - here

May 5 2014 - paper in Current Biology, read press release "Is Self Fumigation for the Birds?" - here

Dec 6, 2010 - paper in Journal of Medical Entomology, read press release "The LouseBuster Returns" - here

Sept. 9, 2010 - paper in American Naturalist highlighted by J. Coyne's blog Why Evolotion is True - here

Sept. 6, 2010 - paper in American Naturalist highlighted as"On birds of many colors, lice dress the part" by S. N. Bhanoo The New York Times - here

Aug. 25, 2010 - paper in American Naturalist highlighted as "Evolutionary biology: lice in hiding" Nature - here

Nov 6, 2006 - paper in Pediatrics, read press release "The LouseBuster kills" - here

Oct 4, 2004 - paper in Plos Biology, read press release "Of lice and men" -here

Dec 8, 2003 - paper in PNAS, read press release "How lice and bird feathers stick together" - here