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Malu Is Like A Golden Ticket (Pt. 4)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. We were scheduled to start data collection with Chilo and the malu at 11AM in Pago Pago, with Joe at Off Da Rock in Nu’uuli at 1PM, and … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 3)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. We had worried when the study started that we would have difficulty juggling multiple tattoo sessions with only two researchers because we only took along one bioimpedance analyzer … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 2)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Michaela and I were despondent from cancellations and because we were collecting data on day two of multiple sleeves (a full arm tattoo) at one studio. Meaning, … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 1)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Prologue Instead of syllabus day, I read this story on the first day of my Fall 2017 Neuroanthropology class then launched right into the class. I’d never … Continue reading

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Is tattooing a costly honest signal of fitness?

Last year I published a book chapter synthesizing an evolutionary perspective on tattooing for our Evolution Education in the American South volume and concluded by wondering whether athletes, specifically football players, get tattoos more than the average person (Lynn & … Continue reading

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Men May Be #Woking, But We Are Not Evolving

Journalists, please stop saying “evolve” when you mean “change,” “improve,” or “progress.” As anyone who studies evolution knows, the scientific meaning of evolve is not synonymous with progress. However, the continued use of the terms synonymous confuses people who do … Continue reading

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Alabama Beats Mississippi!

And not just in football. No, we whup their ass in football (69-3?). But I digress. A few years ago, Alabama scored a dismal 50 of 50 in teaching evolution at K-12 levels, earning an F-. And when I share … Continue reading

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Of “Toxic” Tattooed Lymph Nodes and Public Relations

I was heartened this week by conversations with visiting ALLELE lecturer Nina Jablonski, one of the world’s foremost experts on skin biology and evolution. I was glad to see that she discussed tattooing in her 2006 book Skin: A Natural … Continue reading

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AiE in Madagascar IV: Centre ValBio & Night Walking with Mouse Lemurs

See previous post I, II, and III in this series, or related posts to this month-long trip here and here. Note in our previous episode that I wasn’t sure if I had meetings set up, with who, or about what when I … Continue reading

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AiE in Madagascar III: Road to Ranomafana

See previous post 1 and post 2 in this series, or related posts to this month-long trip here and here. The drive to Ranomafana is about 12 hours. After experiencing the Tana roads, I thought maybe it was close via … Continue reading

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