The platypus: for most of us, it is one of those quirky creatures from Australia that one day we hope to see. From an evolutionary standpoint, however, the platypus is fascinating.
An animal that produces milk for its young, yet at the same time lays eggs? A cute, furry, webbed-footed creature that can also release venom so strong modern-day painkillers are useless to affected humans? Rumor has it that at first glance, it was so bizarre that the animal wasn’t even believed to be real, but a mish-mash of others that were assembled together.
And rightly so: When studying the animal kingdom in school, mammals were completely distinct from reptiles. However, the platypus seems to be a unique combination of both.
In early 2015, scientists found a type of deep-sea bacteria off the coast of Australia that haven’t shown evidence of change in approximately 2.3 billion (yes, billion) years. This threw some people for a loop.
When we’re taught to believe that organisms are constantly changing within their environments, how could this be possible? Doesn’t this defy everything we’ve learned about evolution?
You’ve heard the term. You may have had to study it briefly in high school. But why should we care?
Evolution is arguably our most profound biological process. Yet, on a day to day basis, we don’t always stop to think about its implications:
Digital Diatom is excited to announce that we have received funding from OCE’s SmartStart Seed Fund for development and enhancement of our flagship product, Emergence. This will assist us in taking Emergence from its alpha version to beta launch, and facilitating numerous technological enhancements of the product. We will largely be focussing on sound, interface enhancement and the writing of many new genes to enhance biological diversity within the simulation. Currently, our team is busy working on minor changes to the Emergence and getting ready for closed alpha testing. The feedback generated from testing will be used to modify and enhance user experience in preparation for a round of public alpha access.