Category Archives: Quick Guides

MADAGASCAR MINE MENACES LEMURS

October 2007

Depressing story about mining in Madagascar, and its detrimental effects on the local lemur population. To learn more about lemurs, go to this “Quick Guide” in Current Biology.

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Filed under Conservation, Mammals, Quick Guides

CICHLID SPECIATION

October 2007

My favourite display at Blue Planet Aquarium is of the Cichlids (pronounced SICK-lids) from East Africa. They were looking a bit sad this year. There’s an excellent “Primer” article from Current Biology (open access) about them and the way they are speciating.

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Filed under Evolution, Fish, Quick Guides

QUICK GUIDE: SYMPATRIC SPECIATION

September 2007

Easy to read summary of current thinking about this mode of speciation (does it exist, and if so why?) by my pal Jerry Coyne. Highly recommended.

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ARE CUCKOOS CUCKOO?

May 2007

Excellent “Primer” article from Current Biology about cuckoo behaviour. Are all cuckoos obligatory brood parasites? Why isn’t everyone a brood parasite? Find out more in simple bite-size chunks…

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Filed under Birds, Quick Guides

MATE CHOICE PRIMER

May 2007

Just the thing for final year students wanting to do some general revision - a Current Biology “primer” article on mate choice. The rest of you should read it, too!

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LOVE THOSE BONOBOS

February 2007

Current Biology “Quick Guide” (open access) on the Bonobo chimpanzee.

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Filed under Primates, Quick Guides

ANIMAL PHYLOGENY

December 2006

Forgotten why animals are grouped as they are? This open access article from Current Biology will help you out.

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Filed under Classification, Evolution, Quick Guides

QUICK GUIDE TO SPOTTED HYENAS

Current Biology has an excellent set of “Quick Guides” to various species and phenomena. This one is about spotted hyenas.

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Filed under Mammals, Quick Guides