Speciation in the movies

July 4, 2010 • 8:02 am

Last week I posted about the National Academy of Sciences’ new committee on ensuring that science is portrayed accurately by Hollywood.  Here’s Hollywood’s pre-committeee attempt to do so, from the egregious movie Evolution (2001), starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Julianne Moore.

The assignment on the blackboard undoubtedly refers to one of the several papers that my student Allen Orr and I co-wrote on speciation in fruit flies (“Drosophila”, written behind Bloom’s Jones’s shoulder).  The page numbers are completely fictitious.

15 thoughts on “Speciation in the movies

  1. I *LOVED* that movie.

    Completely whacky fun. I don’t think anyone would confuse the goings-on in that movie with reality.

    Think of the reference as an homage.

  2. You should demand residuals! Granted, it probably doesn’t sell many DVDs, but every bit helps!

  3. Cool – known of if for a long while but this is the first time I’ve seen it since cropped in the video version.

    Can you do something key this image so that it comes up when searching “Coyne & Orr” in Google images?

  4. Yeah, I loved that movie too. Hopefully no one misunderstood it for the real thing. It is awesome that Coyne is referenced there. I would have never known!

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