News from Princeton discusses the work of Tom Smith and Bridgett vonHoldt, who have solved a “long-standing finch beak mystery.” The answer turned out to be Mendelian, not Darwinian.
Perhaps it is awe-inspiring to evolutionary biologists to try to work a puzzle, trying to find how everything is connected by common ancestry.
The passionate focus on evolutionary relationships in biology papers tends to obscure awe at the wonders in life.
The way an embryo develops shows a method of patterning that makes use of physical processes as if they conform to a predetermined plan.
Another study of bird migration using geolocators finds fascinating new facts about social interactions during long-distance flights.