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 (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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