Two Papers I Want To Write About But Can’t Find The Time

No matter how hard I try I cannot seem to produce a post about two really great studies that were published recently.

Thankfully Ed Yong has tackled one of them and probably did a better write up than what I intended.  Ed you master of the written word o’ how I long to be you. Ed discusses how a recent study shows that three families of fish are actually the male, female, and juveniles of the same family.

The second article titled “A Novel Vertebrate Eye Using Both Refractive and Reflective Optics,” describes the the crazy eyes of the spookfish, Dolichopteryx longipes. The eyes are tubular, like many other deep-sea fish, but uniquely divided into two part one facing downwards and another facing upwards.  Further craziness ensues with both refractive and reflective optics.  Cool stuff that deserves a longer write up.

Dr. M (1628 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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