Have you heard the term anthropomorphism? It refers to ascribing human-like traits to non-human entities. Most biologists discourage the application of anthropomorphism, like your cat is plotting to kill you when you won't let it outside, or that the racoon you're feeding thinks of you as a friend. Chances are your cat isn't actually plotting... Continue Reading →
Why do we use the term "invasion" when referring to natural species range expansions? The language we use may bias our reactions to natural processes. Read more.
Of Mammoths and Men
In lab meeting this week, we somehow got on the topic of how scientists are close to resurrecting the wooly mammoth. Well, at least they've successfully inserted mammoth DNA into their closest living relatives, the Asian elephant. There's some debate about what put the final nail in the coffin for mammoths, but this seems legit... Continue Reading →