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Friday, April 11, 2008

Today at the Design of Life blog

Two stories just up:

Does the peahen really care about the peacock's display? Apparently not, and that is bad news for the increasingly convoluted theory of sexual selection.

(Also, just for fun: Lonely British peacock romances a petrol (gas) pump (Times, June 17, 2006) "Ornithologists believe that Mr P is confused by the clicking sounds of the pumps, which resemble the cries of a broody peahen. ... His two brothers are also showing signs of confusion when it comes to finding a mate. One appears to have a crush on the family cat, and the other has been seen attempting to mate with a garden light.")

Does natural selection select new traits for the dog? The evidence of thousands of years show otherwise.

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