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We present this blog with the intention to serve as a journal about the life on our planet. While we are not (yet) experts in the field, our enthusiasm and interest on the different lifeforms around this world came to provide texts and comments on new and relictic subjects. This blog came from the idea of entereing the blogroll of science writting and reviving our past sites in the subject, all in Portuguese language: BioData by Rafael and Biolista by Piter. The blog will serve as a sibling to our other existing journal, Poisor Tristesi, as well for discussing the representation of both extinct and extant life in art.

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  • February 19, 2013
  • 09:00 PM

A tree is more than just a tree

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Most ordinary people think of a tree as just that, a tree, a big plant with a hard tall stem which provides shade and oxygen and sometimes beautiful flowers or delicious fruits. So, it may not … Continue reading →... Read more »

Moeed, A., & Meads, M. J. (1983) Invertebrate fauna of four tree species in Orongorongo Valley, New Zealand, as revealed by trunk traps. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 39-53. info:/

  • February 8, 2013
  • 02:13 AM

Friday Fellow: Corpse Flower

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll I guess most of you already know Rafflesia arnoldii, the corpse flower, as it is quite popular for a lot of reasons. But sometimes it’s nice to show the classics too, right? Described in 1822 by Robert … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 25, 2013
  • 09:16 AM

Where did milk come from? The mysterious origin of lactation in mammals.

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll In previous posts, I talked about two scientists who introduced “revolutionary” ideas to explain certain aspects in evolution, contradicting what other specialists use to say. But they come up with such unlikely explanations and use to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Oftedal, O. T. (2002) The origin of lactation as a water source for parchment-shelled eggs. Journal of mammary gland biology and neoplasia, 7(3), 253-66. PMID: 12751890  

Oftedal, O. T. (2002) The mammary gland and its origin during synapsid evolution. Journal of mammary gland biology and neoplasia, 7(3), 225-52. PMID: 12751889  

  • January 4, 2013
  • 05:48 AM

Friday Fellow: Giant Tube Worm

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Let’s dive deep into the ocean and talk about this awesome animal, the giant tube worm Riftia pachyptila. Initially classified in a separate phylum, Vestimentifera, today it is included in a family of Annelids called Sibloginidae. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 23, 2012
  • 11:06 AM

Does Retallack suffer from Williamson’s syndrome? The land-dwelling Ediacara controversy

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll As you may have heard, or read, a paper published this month in Nature claims that the famous Ediacaran biota, a set of fossils from the Ediacaran Period (ca. 635-542 Mya) of the Neoproterozoic Era, is … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 21, 2012
  • 06:45 AM

Friday Fellow: American Cockroach

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Celebrating the end of the world, there would be no more suitable creature to be featured in our FF than the american cockroach, Periplaneta americana, so famous as a probable (or possible) survivor after a global cataclysm … Continue reading →... Read more »

Vianna, E. E. S., Berne, M. E. A., & Ribeiro, P. B. (2001) Desenvolvimento e longevidade de Periplaneta americana Linneu, 1758 (Blattodea: Blattidae). Revista Brasileira de Agrociências, 7(2), 111-115. info:/

  • October 30, 2012
  • 05:28 PM

Unknown whereabouts: the lack of biogeographical references of species

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Biogeography, as you may know, is the study of the distribution of species or ecosystems through the planet. The knowledge which comes from biogeographical surveys is valuable information for other areas, like ecology, evolutionary biology, geology … Continue reading →... Read more »

Froehlich, C. G. (1959) On Geoplanids from Brazil. Boletim da Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da Universidade de São Paulo, Série Zoologia, 201-265. info:/

  • October 5, 2012
  • 07:37 AM

Friday Fellow: Grandidier’s Baobab

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Let’s expand the universe of Friday Fellow by presenting a plant for the first time! And what could be a better choice to start than the famous Grandidier’s Baobab? Belonging to the species Adansonia grandidieri, this tree is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Baum, D. A. (1995) A Systematic Revision of Adansonia (Bombacaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 440-470. DOI: 10.2307/2399893  

  • September 29, 2012
  • 11:05 AM

Why thymine instead of uracil?

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll About a year ago, while I was in my class of Techniques of Molecular Diagnosis, an interesting doubt sprouted: why does DNA use thymine instead of uracil as RNA does? I hope everybody reading this knows … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • September 7, 2012
  • 01:18 PM

Friday Fellow: Cramer’s Eighty Eight

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll This Friday I’ll talk about one of the most charismatic species of butterflies, at least here in Southern Brazil. Diaethria clymena, known as Cramer’s Eighty Eight or simply 88 Butterfly, is a small species which features a … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 10, 2012
  • 12:38 PM

Friday Fellow: Bleeding Tooth Fungus

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll  Our species today is a beautiful fungus, Hydnellum peckii, the bleeding tooth fungus. It was described in 1913 by Howard J. Banker and named after the botanist C. H. Peck who collected it at North Elba, New … Continue reading →... Read more »

Shiryaev, A. (2008) Diversity and distribution of thelephoroid fungi (Basidiomycota, Thelephorales) in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia. Folia Cryptogamica Estonica, 131-141. info:/

  • August 10, 2012
  • 01:09 AM

How are little flatworms colored? A Geoplana vaginuloides analysis

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll  As you already know, I work with land planarians, so there’s nothing more natural than seeing me talking about them. Today I’ll make a brief comment about the type species of the genus Geoplana which gives … Continue reading →... Read more »

Darwin, C. (1844) Brief Description of several Terrestrial Planariae, and of some remarkable Marine Species, with an Account of their Habits. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Annales des Sciences Naturelles, 241-251. info:/

  • August 3, 2012
  • 07:38 AM

Friday Fellow: ‘Soft Snake’

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Our Friday Fellow today was chosen because it was seen in the last days in Brazilian news websites and blogs. Its name is Atretochoana eiselti and it is a rare species of caecilian amphibian found in Brazil. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Hoogmoed, M. S.; Maciel, A. O. and Coragem, J. T. (2011) Discovery of the largest lungless tetrapod, Atretochoana eiselti (Taylor, 1968) (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Typhlonectidae), in its natural habitat in Brazilian Amazonia. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Naturais, 6(3), 241-262. info:/

  • March 27, 2012
  • 07:17 PM

What’s a species 1: Horizontal species concepts

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll What’s a species? Maybe to you that may sound like something too obvious to think about, but actually the concept of species is one of the most intriguing and controversial topics in biology. Sometimes it’s not … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 12:37 PM

Why I Don’t Trust Jack Horner 1: The Holes in the Old Triceratops Idea

by Pangeia King in Earthling Nature

By Carlos Augusto Chamarelli As my friends know very well, I’m a fervent opponent of Jack Horner’s ideas. So naturally I had to start a series for analyzing and counter attacking some of his wackiest theories about dinosaur which, I … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 18, 2011
  • 02:43 AM

The Macaw of Dominica

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

Extinct Macaw from Dominica known only from a single report... Read more »

Clark, A. H. (1908) The Macaw of Dominica. Auk, 309-311. info:/

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