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    February 12th - Darwin Day

    It is a bit early to think about it, but February 12th is Darwin Day.

    I think I will celebrate with a good steak dinner and champagne. What's the use of a great holiday if you don't have champagne?

    Sadly, only 33% of Americans believe in evolution.
    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank...10/darwin-day/
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    Same birth date as Abraham Lincoln.
    Christopher Hitchens called these two great (Christian) men...
    "The Great Emancipators"

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    I'll spend the day killing off the weak and sickly, in order to help maximize the genetic potential which will get passed down to the next generation.

    You're welcome, humanity!

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    Phylum Feast for Darwin Day | Guest Contributor | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
    One way to celebrate Darwin Day is by having a “Phylum Feast” — that is, a potluck dinner where the items are as biologically diverse as possible.

    Hugh Kramer has an example of a menu used for such a feast:
    • Mammalia: Minke Whale meat
    • Aves: Smoked Turkey slices
    • Teleostoma: Pickled Herring
    • Bivalvia: Mya (clams) from mouth of the Honna River
    • Gastropoda: commercial escargot
    • Malacostraca: commercial shrimp
    • Pteridophyta: commercial fern fiddleheads
    • Monocots: Onions, rice
    • Dicots: Pecans, spinach
    • Fungi: commercial Agaricus (mushrooms)
    • Bacteria: villi (Finnish Longmilk (yogurt))
    Thus demonstrating what omnivores we are.

    Here are some additional possibilities:
    • Mammalia: bison, horse, guinea pig, kangaroo
    • Reptiles: turtle, iguana, rattlesnake
    • Chondrichthyes: shark
    • Echinoderms: sea cucumber
    • Insecta: grasshopper, cricket
    • Arachnida: tarantula
    • Cephalopoda: squid, octopus
    • Pinophyta: pine nuts
    • Fungi: Quorn (Fusarium mycelium)
    • Rhodophyta: nori
    • Stramenopiles: kelp
    • Cyanobacteria: Spirulina (the only bulk prokaryote that we commonly eat)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    I'll spend the day killing off the weak and sickly, in order to help maximize the genetic potential which will get passed down to the next generation.

    You're welcome, humanity!
    So why do you keep me around? Entertainment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    I'll spend the day killing off the weak and sickly, in order to help maximize the genetic potential which will get passed down to the next generation.

    You're welcome, humanity!
    Too late! I've already reproduced.

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    Mammalia I'm sure also contains things like venison and rabbit (aka Bambi and Thumper )! Yum!

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    Yes indeed, Shake.

    Mammalia:
    • Eutheria (placentals)
      • Boreoeutheria
        • Euarchontoglires
          • Primates - our own species, the planners of such feasts
          • Glires
            • Lagomorpha - rabbit
            • Rodentia - guinea pig, capybara
        • Laurasiatheria
          • Carnivora - dog, cat
          • Cetartiodactyla
            • Tylopoda - camel
            • Suina - pig
            • Ruminantia
              • Cervidae - deer
              • Bovidae
                • Caprinae - sheep, goat
                • Bovinae - bovine, bison
          • Perissodactyla - horse
      • Xenarthra - armadillo
    • Marsupialia - kangaroo, opossum


    Aves: birds
    • Palaeognathae - ostrich
    • Neognathae - Galloanserae
      • Galliformes - chicken, turkey, pheasant, quail
      • Anseriformes - duck, goose


    Amniota: with amniote eggs: reptiles and offshoots
    • Synapsida - Mammalia
    • Sauropsida
      • Chelonia - turtle
      • Squamata - iguana, rattlesnake
      • Archosauria
        • Crocodilia - alligator
        • Dinosauria - Aves


    Tetrapoda: four-legged vertebrates
    • Amphibia - frog
    • Amniota


    Vertebrata - Gnathostomata: jawed vertebrates
    • Chondrichthyes (cartilage fish) - shark
    • Osteichthyes (bony fish)
      • Actinopterygii (ray-finned fish) - every bony fish that one is likely to eat
      • Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) - Tetrapoda

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    I'll turn to the rest of the animal kingdom, the invertebrates.

    Metazoa - Bilateria (bilaterially symmetric)
    • Protostomia
      • Ecdysozoa - Arthropoda
        • Pancrustacea
          • Hexapoda - grasshopper, cricket
          • Malacostraca - shrimp, lobster, crab
        • Chelicerata - Arachnida - tarantula
      • Spiralia - Mollusca
        • Bivalvia - clams, oysters, scallops
        • Gastropoda - abalone, snail (escargot)
        • Cephalopoda - Coleoidea - squid, octopus
    • Deuterostomia
      • Chordata - Vertebrata
      • Echinodermata - sea cucumber


    Looking at plants, I find
    Embryophyta - Tracheophyta (vascular plants)
    • Pteridophyta - ferns (fiddleheads are rolled-up stems and leaves)
    • Spermatophyta (seed plants)
      • Pinophyta - pine (pine nuts are seeds)
      • Magnoliophyta (angiosperms: flowering plants)
        • Paleodicots
        • Eudicots
        • Monocots

    There are oodles of crop-plant species, but they are almost all angiosperms. The only non-angiosperm parts commonly eaten that I know of are pine nuts and fern fiddleheads.

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