Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

Once again we’re lucky to have a video sent by a reader. Dennis Hansen, a biologist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies in Zurich, has sent us pictures and videos before from islands in the Indian Ocean. Here we have a reptile from the Aldabra Atoll, with these notes: I am slightly disturbed … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

Giant tortoises FTW

What better way to conclude Darwin Day than with some pictures of giant tortoises—not from the Galápagos, mind you, but an independently evolved case of island gigantism on Aldrabra in the Indian Ocean. The pictures come from biologist and reader Dennis Hansen from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies in Zurich. His explanation: … Continue reading Giant tortoises FTW

The biology of Mauritius: part 2

Yesterday I presented some photographs and descriptions by biologist Dennis Hansen of his work on the isolated island of Mauritius.  That only scratched the surface of the amazing biology of the endemic species on this island, and I want to finish up this brief lesson with some more show-and-tell. Dennis also sent me an reallly … Continue reading The biology of Mauritius: part 2

Biology: a reader reports from Mauritius

Mauritius is a small volcanic island of about 2000 square kilometers, located 900 km east of Madagascar.   Because of its origin as an oceanic island that formed bereft of any life, it’s home to many rare and endemic species (some of which, like the dodo, are extinct). When I asked readers to send photos of … Continue reading Biology: a reader reports from Mauritius