LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. Here we interview dinobacter, a bacterium that could have made all the difference to the ability of Triceratops to defend itself from tyrannosaurs. For, if there was a premium on keratin in a world of thick-skinned conflict, then only a novel fermentation could have recycled the supplies of sulphur needed to produce this most vulcanised of proteins.
EXPLORE THE BIO-EDGE FURTHER WITH ROBIN AND THE HONEY BADGER. Each morning Robin and the Honey Badger wake up to a world of Nature with new curiosity. Which aspects of the natural world have been underlooked? Which adaptations or non-adaptations of organisms have been downplayed because of some theoretical bias? Which observations have yet to be integrated because of interdisciplinary timidity? How laterally can we think as we cruise the bewildering diversity of life forms on Earth? Join us in our mission of Exploring the Bio-edge in a series of e-essays that fearlessly - but accurately - cover all corners of biology.
How other large dinosaurs were able to cope with what the (limited) record suggests were exceptionally poor soils on a global scale would be a fascinating thing to look at. I never imagined dinosaurs would do something so extreme to cope with lack of nutrients!read more