The Beak(s) of the Finch

By Carl Zimmer | May 13, 2008 7:24 am

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Rachel writes:

“I studied geology for three years before I reached my major’s capstone course in paleontology. Therein, I became much more familiar with the subject that has since become my greatest scientific passion: evolution. Darwin’s breathtaking brilliance left me awe struck and I have since devoted much of my free time to studying natural selection, specifically, the origins of Darwin’s ideas. One of the basic foundations for Darwin’s discovery was the adaptation of different types of finches to various islands in the Galapagos. To commemorate my devotion, as well as to honor his genius, I got this tattoo of his first published drawing of said finches.”

Carl: If you haven’t read The Beak of the Finch, do so now.

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  1. ya know.. I never understood the point of a tattoo.. until i saw this one.. brilliant!!!

    I also recommend the book “evolutionary dynamics of a natural population” (a more “scientific” account of the amazing research done by Rosemary and Peter Grant)

  2. I may just be madly in love you.
    Like you, I’m a fan of evolutionary biology.
    It is fascinating.

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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