1480671_10152497727808235_4753555507351890082_nIn 1985 Stephen Jay Gould pubished his fourth volume of essays titled “The Flamingo’s Smile” in which he both explores the fascinating details and evolutionary history of biological oddities such as the inverted jelly Cassiopea, the panda’s “thumb”, and the inverted jaw of the flamingo, as well as showcasing fundamentally important biological principles. “Scientists don’t immerse themselves in particulars only for the grandiose (or self-serving) reason that such studies may lead to important generalities. We do it for fun. The pure joy of discovery transcends import.” Such is the inspiration for the title of this blog- the wanderings of an extreme biophiliac, and the confessions of my own pure joy of discovery in the natural world.


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