Eggs of the 'Canard Sauvage', by A L Wirsing (1772) - detail

Nest eggs

31 March 2013 by

The cartoonish notion of nicotine-scavenging sparrows is brought irresistibly to mind by a recent (very serious) Biology Letters paper ‘Incorporation…

Podarcis sicula coerulea, from Theodor Eimer 'Zoologische Studien auf Capri: II' (1874)

Mediterranean blue

19 March 2013 by

It’s always nice to see an old friend, especially in an unexpected place. I was very pleased, therefore, and slightly…

‘The Dodo, and the Guinea Pig’ by George Edwards: plate 294 from 'Gleanings of Natural History' volume 2 (London, 1760).

The romantic Mr Edwards

13 February 2013 by

Treasure on the high seas in the swashbuckling days of the eighteenth century wasn’t always the usual boring chests of…

Love and particles

6 February 2013 by

What do the following have in common: the nightmares of Stalin and the Queen of Sheba; a global disaster caused…