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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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  • July 11, 2014
  • 07:33 PM

Elephants don’t have fun painting

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Elephants are considered animals of high intelligence and social complexity, able to solve puzzles, use tools, show empathy and have self-awareness. Moreover, of course, they have an amazing memory. When in captivity, elephants use to become … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 09:08 PM

The New Guinea flatworm visits France – a menace

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll For as long as life exists, it spreads. Organisms move (even if only as gametes or spores) and conquer new environments if they fit. If it wasn’t so, life wouldn’t be found all over the world. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 28, 2014
  • 07:57 AM

Friday Fellow: Tropical Kingbird

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll This is the first bird featured in Friday Fellow and I have chosen it for a special reason: it’s binomial name is Tyrannus melancholicus, the melancholic tyrant. Isn’t it almost poetic? Found from southern United States to the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Legal, E. (2007) Aspectos da nidificação do siriri, Tyrannus melancholicus (Vieillot, 1819), (Aves, Tyrannidae) em Santa Catarina. Atualidades Ornitológicas On-line, 51-52. info:/

  • March 26, 2014
  • 05:06 PM

The lack of taxonomists and its consequences on ecology

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll I have already written about the problems of taxonomy in small and not-so-cute groups in a previous post, where I talked about the fact that several species, after being described, are completely ignored for decades or centuries. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Carbayo, F., Leal-Zanchet, A. M., & Vieira, E. M. (2001) Land planarians (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Terricola) as indicators of man-induced disturbance in a South Brazilian rainforest. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 223-224. info:/

  • March 21, 2014
  • 07:52 AM

Friday Fellow: Quindio Wax Palm

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll So our Friday Fellow is back! After almost a year… but it is! To restart this section, I decided to talk about an interesting plant which can be found in the region where the mysterious Leimacopsis terricola … Continue reading →... Read more »

Bernal, R., & Sanín, M. J. (2013) Los palmares de Ceroxylon quindiuense (Arecaceae) en el Valle de Cocora, Quindío: perspectivas de un ícono escénico de Colombia. Colombia Florestal, 16(1), 67-79. info:/

  • March 19, 2014
  • 01:42 PM

What on Earth is Leimacopsis terricola? A flatworm mystery.

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Oh, ye olde times… The 18th and 19th centuries were well marked by great worldwide expeditions by naturalists aboard ships travelling all around the world. Charles Darwin is certainly the most famous of them, but he … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 2, 2014
  • 09:42 PM

One more delusional williamsonist: Peter Duesberg and his theory of AIDS conspiracy

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll As already alerted by Ted Goertzel (2010): “Conspiracy theories that target specific research can have serious consequences for public health and environmental policies”. The above quote is in the article from 2010 published in EMBO reports by … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 30, 2013
  • 07:57 PM

Acoelomorpha: A Phylogenetic Headache

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Take a look at these guys: It’s a member of the group Acoelomorpha, animals which are still a puzzle in phylogeny. That means no one knows for sure where in the animals’ evolutionary tree they are … Continue reading →... Read more »

Egger, B., Steinke, D., Tarui, H., De Mulder, K., Arendt, D., Borgonie, G., Funayama, N., Gschwentner, R., Hartenstein, V., Hobmayer, B.... (2009) To Be or Not to Be a Flatworm: The Acoel Controversy. PLoS ONE, 4(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005502  

Hejnol, A., Obst, M., Stamatakis, A., Ott, M., Rouse, G., Edgecombe, G., Martinez, P., Baguna, J., Bailly, X., Jondelius, U.... (2009) Assessing the root of bilaterian animals with scalable phylogenomic methods. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1677), 4261-4270. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.0896  

Philippe, H., Brinkmann, H., Copley, R., Moroz, L., Nakano, H., Poustka, A., Wallberg, A., Peterson, K., & Telford, M. (2011) Acoelomorph flatworms are deuterostomes related to Xenoturbella. Nature, 470(7333), 255-258. DOI: 10.1038/nature09676  

  • April 19, 2013
  • 07:02 PM

Friday Fellow: Touch-me-not

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll It’s been a long time since I updated the blog, as you might have noticed, but time is really something I don’t have much lately. I just came back from Argentina yesterday after taking part in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 22, 2013
  • 11:09 AM

Friday Fellow: Violaceous Longhorned Beetle

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll Beetles are the most species-rich group of living beings on our planet, so it’s time for Friday Fellow bring you a representative of them. I’ve chosen my favorite species, the violaceous longhorned borer Compsocerus violaceus (White, … Continue reading →... Read more »

Garcia, H. A. (1994) Ocorrência e danos de Compsocerus violaceus (White, 1853) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) em pomar de citros. Anais das Escolas de Agronomia e Veterinária, 24(1), 148-153. info:/

  • 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 »

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