Author Archives: Julius T. Csotonyi

Evolution’s Usual Suspects: 2. Hijackers in Rehab

Have you ever had a cold that you just couldn’t shake? One that seemed to take months to release its vicious grip on your abused body? Definitely NOT fun. Now imagine an infection that hangs on for millions of years. Yep, … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Usual Suspects: 1. Plagiarizing Wizards

Our Chimaeric Evolutionary Roots: The Primordial Crimes That Birthed Us In my last post (“Cavemen in Your Genes“), I described the idea that this bizarre creature we call human (and indeed much of life on earth) is a lot like Frankenstein’s … Continue reading

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Cavemen in Your Genes

The familiar nursery rhyme (…What are little boys made of? Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails…) has more merit than many of us realize. Indeed, mother nature is the eldest and most accomplished genetic engineer among us. In the next posts I’m … Continue reading

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Archaeopteryx: Should Feathers Fly Over Its Fall?

The discovery of Archaeopteryx 150 years ago provided elegant (and well-timed) support for Darwin’s theory of evolution, laid out in detail only two years earlier in his 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species [1]. The exquisitely preserved plumage of … Continue reading

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Wasp-Infested Dinosaur Eggs and the Science of Paleontology

Can you concieve of a nastier discovery in your fridge than a rotting egg? How about a rotting egg full of maggots? So then why are paleontologists Jorge Genise and Laura Sarzetti so enthused by their recent discovery of the fossilized remains of a … Continue reading

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The New Face of Museums

New Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Today, we get to see the shiny new face of Dinosaur Mysteries, the dinosaur hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. After an initial media … Continue reading

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Dating Dinosaurs

When did the dinosaurs die out and how can we be sure? That’s kind of a trick question, actually, for evidence suggests that birds are the direct descendants of a group of small theropods (bipedal meat-eating dinosaurs). Therefore, not all … Continue reading

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Mole Rats on Morality

I’ll wager that mole rats are (apart from humans) some of the weirdest mammals on which you’ll ever lay eyes. Nevertheless, these odd little rodents have a lot to teach us about the evolution of our own tendency for cooperation or … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather

To kick off this blog, I wish my fellow Canucks a happy Canada Day this July 1! So have you heard? Life is getting increasingly set-in-stone (pardon the pun) for us paleoartists, as paleontologists continue their relentless chipping and chiselling … Continue reading

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