The rap guide to evolution

By Razib Khan | August 20, 2011 9:03 am

Darwin Got It Going On:

The lyrics are, for the most part, witty, sophisticated and scientifically accurate; and they lack the earnest defensiveness that sometimes haunts lectures on evolution. I spotted one or two small slips — a confusion of the praying mantis with the Australian redback spider (oh no!) — and there are a few moments of poetic license that a po-faced pedant might object to. Otherwise, it’s pretty rigorous.

  • Darkseid
    i just stumbled across this one and remembered this post. it’s actually not that bad

  • Coturnix

    We saw it two weeks ago in NYC. It is awesome!

  • Chuck


    Off topic — “rap” and “evolution” brought the question to mind — but I was wondering if you could comment on the following paper: “Ducrest et al., (2010) “Pleiotropy in the melanocortin system, coloration and behavioural syndromes.” From what I recall, you are rather critical of the idea (of a genetic relation between color and behavior) as applied to humans.


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About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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