Everything is Scale-Dependent: “Something Universal is Going on…”(G. West – physics applied to biology)

''Everything around us is scale dependent... It's woven into the fabric of the universe... It is truly amazing because life is easily the most complex of complex systems,... 'But in spite of this, it has this absurdly simple scaling law. Something universal is going on ...” Johnson (1999, ‘New York Times’ 12th January, excerpts taken…

Monday weekly Blog series: Well if it didn’t happen by Neo-Darwinian means how did evolution occur?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.... Guess who is in the black & white photograph? Most of you should recognise our own Mr. Richard Dawkins in colour (source: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/other/richard-dawkins) Answer to the mystery figure in the Black & White image, it is a young T.H Huxley otherwise known as Darwin's Bulldog.(source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:T.H.Huxley_1857.jpg)  I find the resemblance uncanny! This…

How the snake lost its legs – Hox genes & Epigenetics switches?

Before getting into how snakes may have lost their legs seemingly via Hox genes and epigenetic processes and not by Neo-Darwinian means, I'll begin with an interesting article about legless lizards and snakes and what the difference apparently is. The article starts with the above image and describes it as follows:: "This legless lizard (an…