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Andy Gardner; andyggardner@gmail.com, aggardner@rhodes.edu
alicepouliou1:

Goodenia by philipbouchard on Flickr.
Via Flickr: I presume that this is a species of Goodenia, possibly Goodenia heterophylla. Photographed along a cliffside trail near Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park, near Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales, Australia.

alicepouliou1:

Goodenia by philipbouchard on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I presume that this is a species of Goodenia, possibly Goodenia heterophylla. Photographed along a cliffside trail near Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park, near Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales, Australia.

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#goodenia  #goodeniaceae  #professional  #australia 
plant-scans:

Parakeelya on inland plains, Western Australia, Australia: Colourful Continent, Irene and Michael Morcombe 1975

plant-scans:

Parakeelya on inland plains, Western Australia, Australia: Colourful Continent, Irene and Michael Morcombe 1975

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#australia  #Asteraceae 
plant-scans:

Darwin’s finches, Biological Science: the web of life, Australian Academy of Science 1967

plant-scans:

Darwin’s finches, Biological Science: the web of life, Australian Academy of Science 1967

(via leprocrastinateur)

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#finch  #darwin  #evolution  #professional  #teaching 
oaza-snova:

Flyer for ‘Nachtschicht 5’, Kunstverein St. Gallen, 2013

oaza-snova:

Flyer for ‘Nachtschicht 5’, Kunstverein St. Gallen, 2013

(Source: kasper-florio.ch)

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#art  #design  #sun 
Maximum likelihood phylogram of the Core Goodeniaceae plastome CDS. Branches with less than 100 ml bs/bayes p.p./pars bs are labeled. Flowers of clade members illustrate repeated evolution of “fan” flowers. 

Maximum likelihood phylogram of the Core Goodeniaceae plastome CDS. Branches with less than 100 ml bs/bayes p.p./pars bs are labeled. Flowers of clade members illustrate repeated evolution of “fan” flowers. 

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#flower  #morphometrics  #phylogeny  #phylogram  #professional  #goodeniaceae  #goodenia  #verreauxia  #Scaevola  #brunonia  #diaspasis  #velleia  #evolution  #biology 
rhamphotheca:

The Hidden Patterns Created by Animals in Flight
by Robbie Gonzalez
Designer Eleanor Lutz used high-speed nature footage, Photoshop, and Illustrator to map the wingbeats of five different species. The result is a visually arresting confluence of art and science that reveals the patterns hidden in animal flight. Trust us on this one – you’ll want to see this.
Lutz, who recently received her bachelors in molecular biology, regularly combines her interest in science with her considerable design talents to create some of the most gorgeous information visualizations we’ve ever seen. Her latest creation, seen here, illustrates patterns traced by the wingbeats of geese, dragonflies, bats, moths, and hummingbirds…
(read more at i09)

rhamphotheca:

The Hidden Patterns Created by Animals in Flight

by Robbie Gonzalez

Designer Eleanor Lutz used high-speed nature footage, Photoshop, and Illustrator to map the wingbeats of five different species. The result is a visually arresting confluence of art and science that reveals the patterns hidden in animal flight. Trust us on this one – you’ll want to see this.

Lutz, who recently received her bachelors in molecular biology, regularly combines her interest in science with her considerable design talents to create some of the most gorgeous information visualizations we’ve ever seen. Her latest creation, seen here, illustrates patterns traced by the wingbeats of geese, dragonflies, bats, moths, and hummingbirds…

(read more at i09)

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#teaching  #professional  #morphometrics  #moth  #bird  #dragonfly  #bat  #gif  #design  #infographic 
rhamphotheca:

Consensus: 97% of climate scientists agree
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities (1), and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.
For a list of 18 American agencies making statements on this…
(read more: NASA - Global Climate Science)
image: Temperature data from four international science institutions. All show rapid warming in the past few decades and that the last decade has been the warmest on record.

rhamphotheca:

Consensus: 97% of climate scientists agree

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities (1), and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

For a list of 18 American agencies making statements on this…

(read more: NASA - Global Climate Science)

image: Temperature data from four international science institutions. All show rapid warming in the past few decades and that the last decade has been the warmest on record.

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#climate  #science  #history  #professional  #teaching 

dragontonguespodcast:

By far the most abundant animal found in the Burgess Shale, Marrella splendens has become emblematic of this internationally renowned fossil formation. Described by Charles Walcott as a “lace crab,” Marrella was for years considered to be some sort of aberrant trilobite. After Harry Whittington’s examination of the animal, it was found instead to be a stem-arthropod — falling outside all other known arthropod groups. However, as with many Burgess Shale organisms, its exact position in the arthropod family tree is still uncertain.

Marrella serves as a perfect example of how incredibly common fossil animals can still be exceptionally strange, and how large sample sizes don’t always result in easy answers.

Top image: Fossil of Marrella splendens. (source)

Bottom image: Reconstruction of Marrella, provided by the wonderful Matt Celeskey

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#fossil  #burgess  #arthropod  #history  #evolution  #teaching  #professional 
Best maximum likelihood phylograms of Core Goodeniaceae from three datasets, the coding regions of the plastome, nuclear G3PDH, and the nuclear ribosomal repeats. Terminal branch lengths correspond to the longest branches within each clade.

Best maximum likelihood phylograms of Core Goodeniaceae from three datasets, the coding regions of the plastome, nuclear G3PDH, and the nuclear ribosomal repeats. Terminal branch lengths correspond to the longest branches within each clade.

— 2 weeks ago
#evolution  #professional  #goodeniaceae  #goodenia  #Scaevola  #velleia  #verreauxia  #coopernookia  #phylogeny  #brunonia 
From Systematic Biology:
Adaptive evolution of succulent growth forms in Euphorbia sections Goniostema, Denisophorbia and Deuterocalli (Euphorbia GDD) in Madagascar was analyzed using phylogeny, climate, and trait data. Circular phylogeny illustrates theEuphorbia GDD radiation, with black branches highlighting the diversity captured in the analysis. The map of Madagascar shows mean annual precipitation (1950-2000,www.worldclim.org), from low to high colored red to blue. The plant illustrated, Euphorbia cylindrifolia Marn.-Lap. & Rauh, a dwarf chamaephyte with highly succulent leaves, is found in the sub-arid south of Madagascar. Credits: Euphorbia primulifolia var. primulifolia: Agathe Haevermans; Map: Thomas Haevermans; Phylogeny: Xavier Aubriot.

From Systematic Biology:

Adaptive evolution of succulent growth forms in Euphorbia sections Goniostema, Denisophorbia and Deuterocalli (Euphorbia GDD) in Madagascar was analyzed using phylogeny, climate, and trait data. Circular phylogeny illustrates theEuphorbia GDD radiation, with black branches highlighting the diversity captured in the analysis. The map of Madagascar shows mean annual precipitation (1950-2000,www.worldclim.org), from low to high colored red to blue. The plant illustrated, Euphorbia cylindrifolia Marn.-Lap. & Rauh, a dwarf chamaephyte with highly succulent leaves, is found in the sub-arid south of Madagascar. Credits: Euphorbia primulifolia var. primulifolia: Agathe Haevermans; Map: Thomas Haevermans; Phylogeny: Xavier Aubriot.

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#Euphorbia  #Euphorbiaceae  #madagascar  #evolution  #worldclim  #ecology  #professional  #phylogeny  #map 
Spare wheel knockoff from an MG TD at Memphis Eurofest, sponsored by the Memphis British Sports Car Club.
http://www.memphisbritishcars.org/

Spare wheel knockoff from an MG TD at Memphis Eurofest, sponsored by the Memphis British Sports Car Club.

http://www.memphisbritishcars.org/

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#car  #MG  #photography 
The relationships of coelurosaurian dinosaurs, including birds. Courtesy Stephen Brusatte, silhouettes by Scott Hartman, Nobumichi Tamura, Brad McFeeters, J. J. Harrison, “FunkMonk”, and Mike Keesey.
From PHENOMENA:  LAELAPS

The relationships of coelurosaurian dinosaurs, including birds. Courtesy Stephen Brusatte, silhouettes by Scott Hartman, Nobumichi Tamura, Brad McFeeters, J. J. Harrison, “FunkMonk”, and Mike Keesey.

From PHENOMENA:  LAELAPS

— 3 weeks ago
#national geographic  #dinosaur  #bird  #phylogeny  #evolution  #history  #professional  #teaching