The Evolution of New York: My new story for the New York Times

By Carl Zimmer | July 25, 2011 12:51 pm

In tomorrow’s New York Times, I’ve got a story about evolutionary biologists who make New York their Galapagos Islands. Working on this story was great fun–I traipsed around Manhattan parks and medians, checking out mice and ants and salamanders. I spoke to other researchers who study plants, fish, and bacteria in and around the city. All of them observe evolution unfolding in what might seem like a very unnatural place. But after four billion years, nothing can stop evolution. Not even New York.

The Times has posted some of Damon Winter’s wonderful photographs for the story along with some audio from some of the scientists I describe. You can also listen to the new podcast, which features the story too (link to come).

[ Photo: Creative Commons: NatalieTracy on Flickr ]

Comments (1)

  1. awesome! way to go! I’ll be looking for it–sounds really interesting…especially the bacteria part.

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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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