10 MAR 2017 by ideonexus

 The Symbionts

As the epochs passed, the two species molded one another to form a well-integrated union. The little arachnoid, no bigger than a chimpanzee, rode in a snug hollow behind the great "fish's" skull, his back being stream-lined with the contours of the larger creature. The tentacles of the ichthyoid were specialized for large-scale manipulation, those of the arachnoid for minute work. A biochemical interdependence also evolved. Through a membrane in the ichthyoid's pouch an exchange of endocrine ...
Folksonomies: otherness alien other
Folksonomies: otherness alien other
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20 SEP 2011 by ideonexus

 Postmating Competition

Sexual selection doesn’t end with the sex act itself: males can continue to compete even after mating. In many species, females mate with more than one male over a short period of time. After a male inseminates a female, how can he prevent other males from fertilizing her and stealing his paternity? This postmating competition has produced some of the most intriguing features built by sexual selection. Sometimes a male hangs around after mating, guarding his female against other suitors. Wh...
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Various evolutionary strategies males of different species keep a female from mating with other males after sex.

01 JAN 2010 by ideonexus

 Evolution as Entropy Versus Organization

'Evolution doesn't view earth's history as a conflict between good and evil. It does essentially view it as a conflict between life and death, between increased organization and more efficient energy use on the part of life, and an opposing tendency of nonliving matter to become disorganized and lose energy--entropy. But evolution doesn't see life as good and death as evil. Life cannot triumph over death in evolution. They don't fight to win. As with some of the older myths, wherein the natur...
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Evolution as a conflict between entropy (death) and increased organization (life).