Tagged: Genetics

How To Date A Dinosaur Fossil

No, not that kind of dating… Rather, ‘dating’ a dinosaur bone dug out of the ground involves a series of processes that allow us to estimate just how long the thing had stuck around on this Earth. This helps us...

Zebrafish: Lab Rats of The Future, Today

“Such an exotic name!” you exclaim, “Surely it must be some elusive endangered African species that can only be found in two specific wetlands in the Congo Basin?” Well, the zebrafish is indeed exotic, but in a different context –...

Your Body is a Spaceship – Your Genes are the Crew

Ponder that. Your body is merely a vessel – a temporary host to immortal beings. Their sole mission is to pass themselves on to their next host, ideally one that is stronger, fitter and better able to produce a more advanced...

On Having a Penis (Bone)

Technically speaking, a human penis can’t actually be ‘broken’. That’s because it’s made up not of bone, but of soft, spongy tissue. But what about animals? Do our close and not-so-close relatives possess boney penises? And if so, what is the...