Tag: Darwin

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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Baboon Philosophy

By Carl Zimmer | May 12, 2008 5:34 am

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Ben, a philosopher of science grad student, writes:

“Darwin sketched the great tree of life and as a philosopher of science and I endeavor to help to complete his project. ‘Metaphysics must flourish, he who understands baboon would do more for metaphysics than Locke’- I believe that by analyzing the universe underneath the lens of evolution we can come to complete Darwin’s project. Darwin, more so than any other great thinker, has provided humanity with an explanation for its existence.”

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Darwin, "A Venerable Orang-Outang"

By Carl Zimmer | February 18, 2008 10:29 am

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Kim writes:

“This is my tattoo of Darwin. It’s from a political cartoon published in the late 1800′s. As I’m an anthropologist studying human evolution, it felt appropriate.” The original cartoon appeared in Hornet magazine in 1871, in the wake of Darwin’s publication of The Descent of Man. Here is the magazine editor’s note; if you then press “next” you can see the original. Wikipedia has a cleaner copy of the original.

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Galapagos

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:27 am

galapagosAmanda, a biologist, writes, “Here’s my science tattoo. It’s inspired from the REM song Man on the Moon and by trip to the Galapagos a few years ago.”

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Darwin's Tree

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:22 am

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“Attached is a photo of a tattoo I got immediately after turning in the final paperwork a little over two weeks ago for the completion of my Ph.D. in biological anthropology. It’s the first evolutionary tree that Darwin sketched in his 1837 Notebook B on the transmutation of species.” –Julienne

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Darwin Fish

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 12:05 am

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