A Darwinius Carnival (Plus Some History of "Missing Links")

By Carl Zimmer | June 2, 2009 1:49 pm

It’s now been a bit over a week since Darwinius Day, and the sky, for the moment at least, still remains blue. It’s a good moment to look back and take stock of that hallucinatory ride through the media-science funhouse, and Brian Switek–a remarkable undergraduate who took to the Times of London to help people think straight about this fossil–has assembled a blog carnival just on this topic. In particular, check out the post that looks at a brief but questionable statement in the Darwinius paper: “The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.” I asked PLOS One about whether that was true, and they said they’re getting in touch with the authors. Stay tuned.

I also want to add a couple extra posts to the carnival. Henry Gee, editor at Nature, was inspired by all the claims of Darwinius being a missing link to blog about the history of the phrase “the missing link.” In response to Henry’s twitter for help, I put my lexicographer brother Ben on the case. He did some research of his own, which you can find in his latest “Word Routes” column. 


Comments (2)

  1. It’s been a while now but I had some fun considering “this ‘Idol of the Academy’, what Pearson has called ‘ancestor hunting’ but which Eldredge aptly named ‘ancestor worship’ ” back in the days of the online Nature Debates http://www.nature.com/nature/debates/fossil/fossil_3.html

  2. RBH

    ” I asked PLOS One about whether that was true, and they said they’re getting in touch with the authors. Stay tuned.”

    [chirp chirp]


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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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