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Darwin’s Darkest Hour

Nova’s 2-hour drama, Darwin’s Darkest Hour,  premiers today and will begin streaming online tomorrow. It looks pretty good. Also, Henry Ian Cusick plays Darwin so maybe it will satiate my LOST craving for a wee second.

Here’s the trailer.

Happy Birthday, Darwin, darling!

Today is the 200th birthday of the father of modern biology, Charles Darwin. Darwin introduced us to a new human  history. One in which humans are not divine creatures, created and chosen by god, but just another species of animal that evolved from a common ancestor. This, of course, was incredibly influential in how we view ourselves today. Hopefully, with Darwin’s help, we can fully realize the importance of other animals and help to preserve them instead of continuing on this path to an inhabitable world.

To aid in this realization, I’ve posted a few pics of some creatures that have evolved in very strange ways. I’ve spruced-up a few of the “less attractive” characters (to help them in the process of mate selection, of course). I think Chuck D would be proud.

Orchid Mantis

Orchid Mantis

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

Siamang

Siamang

Blobfish

Blobfish

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari

Pygmy Seahorse

Pygmy Seahorse

I’d also like to recommend a wonderful book by one of my heroes, E.O. Wilson. The Creation: An appeal to save life on earth is a plea for the religious and scientific communities to find the common ground that will be imperative to breathing health back into our planet and stopping the mass extinction of plants and animals that is happening today.