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FEATURES
COVER STORY
42 SOCIABLE KILLERS

New studies

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Raskoff 6 UP FRONT Editor's 8 Notebook CONTRIBUTORS 10 LETTERS 12 SAMPLINGS News from Nature 16 PERSPECTIVES As Time Goes By 26 Robert L. Daniels Nice Threads Adam Summers and 64 Sanchez StepliaiiieJ. Marschall 69 nature.DEPARTMENTS 4 THE NATURAL MOMENT Blast Off! Photograph by Kevin A.Jaffe NATURALISTS AT LARGE Blues' Revival 24 BIOMECHANICS Jaret C. BOOKSHELF Laurence A.com Muffet's Heart 12 .net Ripping Earth Robert Anderson 70 OUT THERE My Three Suns Charles Liu 75 16 THE SKY IN OCTOBER Joe Rao 76 EXPLORING SCIENCE AND NATURE 80 ENDPAPER Winning Miss Rebecca Rupp PICTURE CREDITS: Page 67 I'isit our Web site at www.naturalhistorymag.

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museums have exhibitions that expand on stories and Stephanie J. "Winning Miss how well. Daniels extinction (see "Blues' Revival. The siphonophore pictured here belongs to the genus Mantis and measures anywhere from a foot long scrunched-up as in the photograph to a stretched-out length of six feet. the colony trawls its tentacles like a too hastily. Arachnophiles will find two pages. to replace the temporal parochiahsm of the famihar second. Moreover. Aidan Martin and Anne Martin. off the coast of South Africa. tells .Jaffe ("As Time Goes By. "like a Polaris missile" is surely one of the most heart-stopping spectacles in the animal kingdom. Raskoff worked with a a team of fellow marine scientists to bring the siphonophore safely up from a depth of nearly a mile. was enough to convince them to return to False Bay. its cells flash a bright blue — self- generated bioluniinescence. but they are far from uniform. others dangle in a mass of stomach tissue. Sanchez describe the near-demise of the Miami blue butterfly. In Rebecca Rupp wittily tarantula turned into A . pictured nous siphonophore pumps too its way much all like an machine to the surface breaking it Techniques for capturing siphonophores a group of animals that includes the Portuguese man-of-war have vastly improved in the past few years. you'll risk apart. Visitors to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville can watch Miami blues being bred during the museum's Florida Butterfly Festival. and year. and several known ones have been discovered in unexpected places (as in the case of this surprise native of the Arctic Ocean). Hke corals. as the Martins' scienof white sharks are quite rich. In "Nice Threads" (page 24) our recounts how some incredibly dexterous investigators managed to unwrap five kinds of spider test the strength of each.cs Cover Shot poised to rocket into space.4 x 10"^''^ second) to the unimaginably Brobdingnagian lower experimental bound on the half-Hfe of the proton (at — least 10^^ years). the social lives strategies are surprisingly sophisticated. Some units are bulbs attached to the central trunk of the organism. made up of repeating units." earthly spacecraft. 6 — NATURAL HISTORY — on our cover as well as in the Martins' article ("Sociable page 42). Killers. during shark season each year to learn what they could about these thrilling creatures. The case for awe in contemplating the universe has never been more forcefully made. this month by the M. and the eflorts of many lepidopterists (successful. and son's pet break for Neil deGrasse Tyson from his "Universe" column makes room silk Muflet's Heart" (page 80). so far) to snatch the little beauty from the precipice of favorite in this issue. working in concert to propel the colony through the water. Adam Summers to a visit to the Museum of Los Angeles County. — probably not is at least. The time Kne that accompanies his article. notwithstanding the beach-horror flick Jt7i('5. her fear and loathing of her fond respect. presents exhibit A in support of Jaflfe's wider perspective. shark bites in people are the result of the animal's curiosity (the shark's teeth and gums are remarkably sensitive and agile). no one should doubt the fish's ferocity: enough unfortunate swimmers already have the scars to prove that white sharks make poor playmates in the water. havior. tific not of its appetite for observations and their hunting Two of my make human flesh. if you bring this fragile sight ton body pictured here — Erin Espelie October 2006 So what can the Martins say about what curious minds everywhere want to know: do white sharks prey on people? The answer. . Either one would make Spider Pavilion tales a about their favorite animal in these Natural History at the open from now through November resident biomechanist complement timely 5. But the Martins' observations have convinced them that many. To be sure. Jaret C. perhaps most." page 26). clear. Kevin A.I. the vast range of durations relevant to the universe as a whole from the infmitesimaHy Lilliputian "Planck time" (5. the gelati- The through the deep of a white shark (aka great white) launching its onefroiTi the water in the words of R. October 14 and 15. If disturbed. Siphonophores seem put together in a more "machinehke" way than most other creatures: they are colonies. One look at the be- ocean. — — — — drift net to snag prey.T physicist Robert L. And. In its long form. As a result. not often.UP FRONT THE NATURAL MOMENT -< See preceding two Looking p(ii. and stinging tentacles. day. spread across pages 16 and for a guest appearance 17. —Peter Brown . reproductive organs.Jafre urges a "Copernican" view of rime." page 16). several new siphonophore species have been safely ferried to sea level. Back in the laboratory Raskoff photographed the fiery hfe-form inside a walk-in remotely operated robot and rejSrigerator.

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valleys. largely ignores it the squamate paleontologi- For example. dolosaurs." does not claim that snakes includes mosasaurs and a the all perfectly the fossil the Pythonomorpha. Florida Out on and verdant salt flats. In the article this impres- group of extinct marine lizards is relegated to one sive which sentence. who developed Playboy. Given based on the (adriosaurs. Oklahoma is debatable. as I trial and arboreal squamate group. out the contributions of Kinsey s elder colleague originated within autarcho- Merritt glossan lizards. were not asked we to review rme) environments is supported by the similarity between the snake eye structure and that of cUmate change com- alters those munities irrevocably. lava flows. if fossils. yet such ex- marine group knov^^n the pachyophiids. is highly readable. snakes appear molecular analysis of snake among herpetologists all modern snakes are that they de- phiids as well a terrestrial — snake ancestor that wiU prove perhaps correct. leagues and On contributions have not been forgotten. ei- est relative their searcher." ecology. among other things. ac- snakes were aquatic. The theory never discovery. also sorts rine (aquatic) hypothesis more or aquatic lizards after attention Kinsey received within less long Del Tredici High Life Cornucopia Kevin Krajick ["Living the correctly pointed out an long-necked. the cal record. provided by origins would suggest —and that thus the pachyo- — As exobiologists try to learn how and where Hfe might exist elsewhere in the universe. Michael A. Caldwell marine habitats. the group's clos- 10 Lizards of the Sea. Among all Lyndon Fernald to book that bears both High error in our article: the autarchoglossan squamates." Credit should also be extended to Hefner. On morphological grounds. illustrates unique diver- reaches of the closely related to an extinct as 9/06] of species that await sity descended from mosasaurs. long-bodied. perhaps not. Mares. Alberta idea that snakes arose in Catherine Johnson-Roehr Hugh unexplored. vol- Edmonton. Stnrtevant Sarasota. Indiana Jennifer A. Searle & Co. editor of and to Frank B. Most the highly diverse marine fossil data. proposed that snakes evolved scended from Life.. 9/03]. islands They "From a Limb Fins to Limbs" [7/06-8/06] reminds something I me of have long con- . islands that have Canada aquatic (and probably October 2006 Bloomin^ton. Clack's article independently of mosasaurs.000 miles of that Michael W. saurs. NATURAL HISTORY Institute canoes. is names. Vitt and Eric R. As for the consensus highest sex re- as a it is treme environments harbor ecosystems that are inim- parts that A recent The work for his devoid of Ufe. but unfortunately.LETTERS Pianka's article on the evolution of lizards ["The Scaly Laurie J. pontosaurs. the first modern medical oral contraceptive. the high Andes include more than 4. as well as data squamates (nor would we on jaw be qualified to do We sensing systems. cheinical The Other Kinsey Peter Del Tredici ["The Other Kinsey Report." 7/06-8/06] ecological Snakes from the Sea? Laurie J. Enovid. squamates. aquatic vertebrates. in mistakenly asserted having evolved from mosa- The literature acmally snakes belong to a states that group that includes with our conclusion that extinct. Colton of G. snakes (and mosasaurs) he wrote it. and in any case sheds no light on where snakes arose the fascinating history of within squamates. It posits that they arose a large group of which snakes. a primarily terres- basis. Vitt and Eric R. are consistent it is cording to one theory. Frank M.D. and outside the evolutionary group to which [see mosasaurs belong. remain to us Just as desert salt pans are home to remarkable my ecosystems. doHchosaurs). but Michael A. mosasaurs (from five to ruled fifty-five feet long) the seas for 30 million years traits among modem squamate reptiles. the until and are known from more than thirty genera. on additional information those creatures. especially the like alien seem most realms. PlANKA reply: Our recent article focused on the evolutionary history of Ones. Mares that evidence University of Oklahoma Norman. "the first refer readers to "Terrible impelled speciation. lizards in particular. they did so col- have found "Desert Dreams. lakes. The in the sky. for Michael that. Andes seem good Indiana University own from mosasaurs. much of our planet. and overall so). merit special attention from biologists as global structure. Fossils will provide the ultimate snake Kinsey 's book Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America was not pubHshed test." 7/06-8/06] solves the mystery of why Alfred C." by Peter Del Tredici writes that the two Kinsey books "have been credited with launching the sexual revolution of the 1960s." by Richard ElUs (9/03). acteosaurs. itable. per- The ultimate test wiU come from evidence haps not. Perhaps all modern snakes descended from a terrestrial ancestor. University of Alberta ma- Kinsey isolated peaks. 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Pennsylvania eralization in print paucity of missing Unks. from microorganisms all be edited for length READ INTHEBEATOFAHEARTAND FIND OUT! simplistic. well as lakes. animals tetrapods arose? Ms. if one were to generaHze from the transition of fishes to fourlegged land animals. fossil When conditions change. river channels. in which the outlines by case. — words. what seems to change first are the Mesozoic terres- was struck by the map of the Late Devonian it Thus the would-be trial tetrapod is less evolved. Forrest letters seems there and may and clarity. Biology/Ecology University of Georgia.com or by fax and 646-356-6511. Natural History welcomes correspondence from readers. for instance. as tropical climate? it is hard to of any transi- come from sediments resenting fairly near-shore And fmd fossils in the early to mid-Paleozoic era have some prising that should not be sur- Most of the and sur- beyond the clump of continents in that warm and sub- it era. and What vive better than others. rep- basins. It is it is also less well adapted for land Hving. well world. the fitness of transitional thusian-Darwinian sense) vertebrates in the reaUy master deep-sea con- than the forms from which In reading Jennifer Clack's forms must be evaluated ditions until late in the (and into which) story.org and the Environment and and Science and explains the complexities of the natural world. to letters HOW MUCH LSD CAN AN ELEPHANT TAKE? WHY DO LIZARDS LIVE CLOSER TOGETHER THAN BIRDS? WHY AREN'T TREES SPHERICAL? AND HOW MANY HEARTBEATS ARE THERE IN ONE LIFETIME? time. it's a breath of fresh air. All Bogan. what hving conditions. form A transitional is less fit (in the Mal- much going on Jennifer Clack replies: The reason Hans Berliner sidered a basic truth of evolution. Paracelsus the World of Renaissance Magic "In the Beat of a Heart explores and the inner workings of the human body to global biodiversity and the nature of ecosystems. Whitfield Gibbons. vertebrates that have been found once some initial barrier has been overcome. compared with fiaUy more individuals sur- vive the long and narrow new path to the Hence question "less is." -J. /« the Beat of a Heart achieves the rare trick of entertaining and illuminating at the same In our gene-fixated times.95 • 280 pages Perspectives on Natural Historg rT^^Hls^irrs-Ta Joseph Henry Press Ji 888-624-7651 • • an imprint of The Notional Academies Press www. Clack writes of estuaries. it in other Forrest explains the Letters should be sent via nhmag@natural lurked conditions quite rapidly. lineages can adapt than ten million years" when almost miraculous some My about the equator. Ray-finned Pittsburgh.jhpress. Maryland e-mail their radiation into di- To answer Bogan Neavitt. It is that its case I .wasn't that Carnegie Mellon University may not have deep oceans. Professor of Ecology. adapted for water living of our present continents than the aquatic forms and countries clustered evolving from. appear to exploit their verse niches leads to a great tional it to should include a daytime telephone number. author of TVie Devil's Doctor. witty but never flippant. Whitfield takes you on a strange and wonderful October • trip into the scientific frontier of nature. historymag. "Balanced yet provocative. but have never seen Berliner among seen his genis that did not fishes." -Phillip Ba]]. form environments. Hans in print. the oceans play during the adapted descendants. clear without being and far.but never over-reaching. role did form. In fact. and author of Keeping AH the Pieces: $27. new deal of speciation.

Drosie and Family.000 years ago. the region greatly assisted by a Dasp/etosaurus. are in between link and amount of available food. say. because the more prone to severe food shortages. To detect prey against a probably ambush-predators. may even have had the The overlap was determined largely by whether snout or large. hunter- But Daniel C. (American Journal of Physical Anthropology 1 31 :1 —Stephan Reebs 20-6. for later use in today's constant plenty goes in times times of famine. Does that history. What Keen Eyes You Had was among genotype among — he assumed —the hunter-gatherer is rex thrifty should be more prevalent Americans. How computer scientist at gon in in pologist at the University of study adds the University of Ore- In particular. contend that Neel's cycles generalization was too broad. and by 5. Stevens. thrifty People who express the genotype are presumably predis- posed to accumulate reserves of fat of plenty. Vegas. which are Early viticulturists selected sweet grapes in a and they The do- mestic cultivars found their way south. much wider I long as 8.! SAMPLINGS Feast or Famine The prevalence of obesity and Type 2 betes certain populations in dia- often attrib- is uted to a "thrifty" genotype. Atl<inson | the Caspian. When Richard Onyango. . 1994 (detail) common groups such as Australian Aborigines. lifestyle between and frequency or duration lifestyle of food shortages. and lifestyle and Watson compared twenty-eight hunter- anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue answer to the scary? Kent A. a medical anthro- My. and diabetes. selected for by frequent famines throughout those populations' prehistory. ed the regions' overlap the side. conferring excellent for large. or genotypes. thrifty But the seem to have been equally likely among foraging and farming economies. among 12 Nevada Watson. In —so the theory — people with that once-useful geno- type are prone to such metabolic problems as obesity in Neel the late American geneticist James first he also argued that the articulated the theory in 1962. positions of objects view. a physical how he meas- ured the extent of each species' binocular large T. Na- tive V. From there the practice spread west. the 1950s. cated for winemaking Tyrannosaurus. For each dinosaur reconstruc- Stevens mapped pursuit. a of seven dinosaur species to discover vision farmers. most detailed 3-D has ever experienced. perhaps as a overlap. which and possessed Velociraptor. at Las They detected no societies. With an extensive database on and food nutrition availability in preindustrial societies. depth perception and variety of colors.000 years ago large-scale vine- \ yards and wineries were well-established in Sumer and Egypt. gatherer societies with sixty-six agriculturalist Eugene analyzed reconstructed heads well they could see. making it perfectly hunting. gatherers than some Now a new frightening detail question. sharpest. which is based on archae- ological evidence. widely separated eyes. was first domesti- ke modern crocodiles. Benyshek in plex background. and James Every schoolkid knows that Tyrannosaurus really scary. and they may indeed favor University Indianapolis. 2006) Before Appellation Controlee The wild Eurasian grape. either the prey or the other optical feats. of bin- ocular overlap. Vitis sylvestris.800 years ago. Troodon. the anthropologists Depth perception and motion detection. reaching the Iberian Peninsula by 2. the region visible to and each eye. Nanotyrannus. amount com- overlap. Hence both genera were eyes overlap. imply that cultivars all grapevine around the Mediterranean today are descendants of those wild Transcaucasian ancestors? . between the Black Sea and enables the brain to relative vinifera In judge the tion. and whether the its Thanks to that October 2006 "Very scary!" {Journal of Vertebrate Pa/eontology 26:321-30. 2006) — Nick W. then calculat- bumps blocked the view. enabling both a stealthy learned to propagate the approach and rapid plant vegetatlvely. and Polynesians. Benyshek. which was compiled — how much the images from the right left lar dinosaurs' own heads had to move. Feast-or-famine cycles were probably common throughout human prehistory. equipped for active And the answer to the question on every schoolkid's mind? Stevens's analysis shows that Allosaurus and Carcharodon- tosaurus had only a narrow binocU' NATURAL HISTORY rex view of the world any animal the eyes faced forward or to its T. along with Transcaucasia.

2006) Go West. Young Primate known primate 55-million-year-old geological deposits rang- is particularly worrisome to farmers any number of crops that rely on ing across Asia. increasing farmers' reliance pollinators which plants' or their pollina- nor whether one decline honey bees feel and puma) ocelot. the Earth a 100. or big-brained species are simply occur But whatever the reason. spread to Europe. the atmosphere. predators avoid hunting big-brained prey climate change. notably that trapped dates.W. Biesmeijer and William more meal than bigger-brained ones.1098/ —N. against a single ancestral more than 70 better at outwitting their pursuers.— Jungle Smarts Buzzing Off There's less buzz these days. Strikingly. They discovered of various carbon isotopes cent of Portuguese and Spanish cultivars are related to local wild-grape populations a hint that the wild grape may have sip a rich red from Andalusia. were fossils laid down. In M.1 94X. With their genus re- that period air now The Teilhardina. and The entire journey took less Teilhardina (artist's conception) than 25.000 years. tions of pollinating bees and hoverflies that ry. Ultimately. there were fewer species of bees ter af- 1980 than there were before. Kunin can't tell came first.K. Their per- the is same: predation may be a factor Like today's global warming. however. . 31 3:351-4. too. 2006) before. and Probably not. Bigger brains confer greater learn- ing ability and behavioral using one's head keep it. are habitat loss. Shultz and The species whose brains are small relative body size.X. the evolutionary outcome dis- Martinez-Zapater discov- that whether cidence: environmental changes caused by the warming probably enabled them to '•'- can't say behavior plays a large role began Madrid. the loss of bee who grow trast.000-year period of global A new study warm- now shows that the timing may have been no coin- of the primates' rise ^. precisely than ever strictly arboreal. become both evolutionary biologists at the by Ja- of biologists led to likely Susanne Shultz and Robin recent decades. in Africa Europe may also soon more than 60 percent species (golden cat. University of Liverpool in England. catch. in Survival in the jungle takes the fields of Europe A new study confirms what luck. plant geneticists at the National Center in monkeys. With Dunbar ing for bigger brains. big- Asia. were underrepre- the predators' diets. Because was the investi- Thierry Smith.2006. For the in two countries. {Molecular Ecology.R. made the England in and compiled nearly team observa- The species extinct is the winged pollinators. so have plant species that depend on them to cobus C. the studied records of change tions. pesticide use. and pathogens. tional team of collabora- how did they sub- sequently disperse? Shortly before those ear- primate ing. fellow wine connoisseurs with next time animal easy or continents. did primates originate.A. rsbl. fossils forests across tors found that prey species such as sented earliest in five and South America. a paleontologist at the Roya Teilhardina Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences gators think evergreen forest must have Brussels.200 cultivars and wild plants from caused by massive around the Mediterra- releases altered the ratios nean. grape population. doi:10. long posed a riddle to paleontologists: where ly the help of an interna- in That almost simultaneous appearance has and Jose Miguel Martinez-Zapater. well enable so one to {Biology Letters. were overrepresented in the predators' diets compared with their numbers in the local environment. doi making an predator to eyed tree-dweller of the Now there's you in difficult for a mined that brate the dating of geologic formations a ripe fact to impress your in select- the investigators deter- been domesticated more than once. the U. > '^ I perse fast enough to account for their rap- ered molecular evidence id emergence on three the ancient warming was team analyzed the DNA of more than 1. such as species. leopard. Eucera nigrescens bee forages on clover. originated greenhouse gases. on wild investigators think wild —S. both of Biotechnology in and North America.0519.2006. decreasing the fraction of carbon-13.. The investiga- to their in around the world may be declin- ing. Either way. the is other The biologists are also uncertain about the cause. (Science causing the the sting: domes- trouble. 2006) 1 1 1/j. A more than dumb recent study of predators and their many observers have suspected: that the number of bee species in the United King- prey shows that relatively small-brained dom and the tor's markedly in species are Netherlands has declined reproduce. say Rosa Arroyo-Garci'a prey species with relatively large brains. Dunbar. A team the University of Leeds discoveries.l 365- —SM. By conantelopes. Spain. Those of us outside were made since the tic late nineteenth centu- of the sites sur- veyed.03049. jaguar. may flexibility. I. over a land bridge relative dip in carbon-13 enabled then linking the two continents via Greenland. Those in new possibly other early leases of carbon-bearing worldwide. {PNAS 1 03:1 1 223-7) October 2006 — Oara Curtin NATURAL HISTORY 13 . primates. covered a wide swath of the north. Smith and during help paleontologists cali- that the his team theorize warm temperatures enabled the primates to cross the Atlantic at high latitudes. Europe. Rock layers a small. the likely culprits the United States are in And the pollinators. Biesmeijer and decline tors'. studied plant popula- a million a preda- the diets of chimpanzees and five cat Kunin of E. 1 0. primate in and two colleagues to date early fossils more in and then continued on to North America.

" they discovered. for trees: E. a major cause of global form of urushiol shot CO2 In nearly three times as fast plants. Graham Mitchell. DNA. as they are trig- gers the rashes. but only PVC made of rigid tubing —which. wood growing more vines can channel warm- becomes more abundant. Her own break came —when she was studying fos- that had been cracked. form when minerals replace fossils Uphill Battle Rise too quickly from a prone position. CO2 scratching? colleagues report that the in mention the part I [PNAS — S. the And the up by some 33 percent. Maria Most 54 percent increase in atmospheric tinued burning of fossil fuels. in Amphibian bone marrow. and A a model of the circulatory sys- and head out of PVC pipes. such as bone. To test that theory. and you the twinkling signs of your heart's struggle to send blood up to your suddenly ele- vated brain. As a result. six last five College Dublin in Ireland. That column of blood or mineralizing. Octofae. so traces of it. such as hemoglobin or even 14 2004 investigators expected by midcentury from the con- E. siphon mechanism could indeed assist the "heart. 2006 kf^f . Rarer still is it are soft tis- Its job is to push blood up the carotid ar- sue preserved organically. be trees outright by 103:9086-9. after all. in their extra ener- shading or choking them. might see stars. grew as the plants normally do. there is only one other example of organically preserved soft tissue: above. is plantation Already ivy. (Geology 34:641-4. rubber tub- pump. a positive feedback loop that is proliferates urushiol. Sulfur-rich mud fossil record. McNamara and Patrick gists at University J. Instead. in all increase.000 cases of dermatitis annual- are just the reported cases. Soft tissue decays sils when vines are on the in many parts of the and they even Oh. discovered ders from a sulfurous lake preserved that quisitely layers of tissue are may still in its in 10- and salaman- million-year-old fossils of frogs Spain. (Journa/ of Experimerital Biology 209:2515-24. that's just plain badder poison the irksome vine years of the study the poison ivy a in the carotid arteries of people. for support. into a pine plantation at The idea was to simulate the Mohan. the extra energy they gain world. Some physiologists have suggested that the giraffe's heart may get some help from a siphon effect created by the blood travelling back down the neck veins: perhaps its weight helps pull the blood behind it up the arteries to the head. so ex- is red and yellow visible. In fact. and did Durham. without decaying tery to a brain towering six feet way the amphibian bone marrow was. paleobiolo- and four colleagues made the discovery. their sulfur molecules and chemically fixed the marrow much the same way formaldehyde would. seeped fit even smaller in their skin pos- and through minute bone to degrade the marrow. of the giraffe's carotid artery the locus of some a is the base is of the high- est blood pressures in the world: twice the pressure Tyrannosaurus rex femur. revealing the marrow in inside. and a biologist at kill about more itching and hard tissue.— SAMPLINGS A As Rash of Consequences there weren't enough ominous con- if sequences of global warming. but couldn't pores McNamara 's team lake bottom. 2006) —S. 2006) — Edyta Zielinska NATURAL HISTORY heavy load. Orr. and three colleagues built a life-size tem of the giraffe's neck ing. here's bitty little consequence nasty: bigger. (The carotid artery is naturally rigid high blood pressure inside. of responsible for more ly in the United States alone — and those relatively little of in study /Ancient frog: well preserved for its 10 ivy bad news From 1996 pumped CO2 Lucky Break A trace of persists life Duke prehistoric fossils.R. but vines such as poison ivy invest shows that as atmospheric carbon dioxing) its Extra than 350. so fairly is why is common in the organically preserved soft tissue so extremely rare? Most paleon- tologists probably never bother to look for McNamara quite literally says. the still-stretchy ered last blood vessels that were discov- year inside a 70-million-year-old After the dead amphibians settled on the muddy consumed muscle. they often interfere with tree until University Carolina.2006) Jacqueline Duke. poison and makes a more toxic the boosts photosynthesis A new ide (CO2. when pipe.) So does all it's the work of moving the just made of rubber — siphoning was like a real vein. bacteria in Instead. North in too rapidly to mineralize. most of yield biologically important molecules.R. because of the the good old heart that giraffe's blood along. tulates. Many more such finds may the offing. So pity the heart of the giraffe rare In the fossil record. an animal physiologist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. all the "veins" and "arteries" were When the "veins" were is collapsible impossible. The marrow growrth. years rr\ilHon substance that toxicity gy into making even more photosynthetic greenery.

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I.Duration of shortest laser pulse PERSPECTIVES As Time Goes By Comparing the human experience of time with the fundamental tempos of nature yields a startling on our place By Robert L. great ranges of mountains have risen up and worn away. A duU. Yet from ordinary: 10°= 1 its my stone is the oldest known rock gneiss has persist- of since the rock crystal- lized more than 4 when the universe was only two-thirds grained. The Acasta far progenitor. largely undisturbed. fine- -Electron beam a standard one paints o ta a: 10"'' millimeter line 10^ North America New in England. backHt by the winter sun. flecked with tiny crystals of black mica and hornblende. on the windowsiU behind my desk. gray-and-white rock. It rests now. gave me a small chunk of gneiss from Canada's Northwest Territories. on Earth. billion years ago.T. the Acas- its present age.6 Single human heartbeat -Average bonobo copulation (13 seconds) Length of time before sexes can be distinguished anatomically a 16 NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 in human embryo Duration of the Second World War billic . the Hves of all our ancestors have flashed by. it looks like a stone she might have picked up ahnost anywhere 10" is ed. outlook in the universe Jaffe Switching time of fastest transistor Life - Time typical Crack in span of a lambda for a particle home computer to execute a single instruction glass propagates -o about one few years ago a geologist friend at M. i TV Formation. at the core . Meanwhile. The ripples in the gneiss on my windowsUl have changed little in the billions of years since they formed.) Age of Earth: 4. second A year (Earth Time to saute chicken breasts (20 minutes) completes one orbit around the Sun. new .

Those are the natural rhythms of the world. One plain stone. after which Sun Duration of the collapses. In spite buzzing with incessant motion. and all we see Time intervals spanning eighty-six orders of magnitude are plotted on the these two pages: from the Planck time. Where did they come from? Where do are not the natural we fit in? takes a of time. Its tempo is set by its smallest parts: not the molecules of quartz and feldspar vibrating hke miniature tuning forks. breathtak- feeling by any human measure. that is 200 times the number of orbits the Earth has completed around the Sun in the 4. a microworld hes deep within. But if one suspends the attachment to human timescales. 10"'° orbit one another a times before the panicle disintegrates (translucent blue cylinder).6 billion years since the planet was formed (translucent yellow cylinder). are exceedingly regular. Quietly and relatively recently. Between the two ex- ingly fast My fragment of gneiss holds other of its outward calm. far briefer than the grand sweep a highly stable system. to the determined to be at least intervals. so the time it takes a quark to complete one cycle of its motion in a proton defines one tick of the clock of fundamental physics. For comparison. Quarks account for 99. the year. lie our human measures of time — They the second. the billions of years over which the drama of the universe plays out. two extraordinarily disparate landscapes of time: the cosmological. trillion durations are "normalized" to the relevant physical answers have emerged from The has journey of discovery a cre- that ated a second Copernican revolution. the hectic pace at which elementary particles dance to the tune played by the laws of physics. For example. tremes. the faster the as of a mi- — of them are hghtning quick compared to ordinary measures of human time. nature's forces turn out to have their own rhythms. a subatomic particle. second. are made of quarks.-*3 iround us. Observed for the briefest moments. but they rhythms of the world. yet the lambda is of cosmology. the part. particularly in the past half century. the day. Just as the period of the Earth's orbit around the Sun defines the year.00000000000000 00000001 (10^-2) second. which lasts 5. down to discern the The Copernican shift phenomena. In a more "Copernican" view of time. and their motions.-Planck time: shortest-possible time interval Arr-^ 10 10. small. not the electrons whirling in orbits about the nuclear cores of atoms. one can match the cinematographic frame speed of the mind's eye to nature's own rhythms. which ap- proach the speed of light. 10^2 orbits of Earth around Sun 18 r- Age of the universe Half-life of the proton (lower bound) Age -Span of time hominids have walked the earth in of rock Acasta Formation o ^ ? o Age ^fchirt^**^' of the Earth Expected life span of Sun. are the times of our lives. within the nuclei. forming Age planetary nebula of Dinosaurs . Whatever evanescent particles and subde phenomena may await discovery. secrets as well. Five centuries ago. there is no doubt that we. is extremely The quarks that make it up brief. the way physical scientists think about time has undergone a similar revolution. Rather. built into them just integrally as the clock speed croprocessor has been built into computer at a The smaller tempo but all the factory. highly stable W^ conventional units the lifetime of the lambda. which has been experimentally seconds.4x10^'' second and spiral timeline is on often considered half-life of the proton.9 percent of the mass in the universe. protons are exceedingly a millionth of a no more than millionth of a miUimeter (10~'^ meter) across. in the shortest-possible interval. Once around a proton Occasionally I take the rock in trying in vain to capture for that vast expanse my hand. speeding up to capture the finest detail or slowing broadest plan. Their or- visible bits inside Quark completes one orbit within a lambda particle. some quark about 0. When time is measured in human-centered 3x phenomena may be misclassified as fleeting. but far longer than the helter-skelter pace of fundamental processes. not even the protons and neutrons churning my bit of the Acasta gneiss beats time to the rhythm of quarks. Those ceaseless motions of quarks mark the heartbeat of the universe. the first Coperni- can revolution dislodged humankind from our privileged position at the center of the universe. and the fundamental.

" directly proportional to the vibrating by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg provided the crucial link. or "quanta. the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus rudely plucked us out of the cen- mass. That constant. is far grander than it was before Copernicus. Expressing not allow things to forebears in the Renaissance lost their as relating utterly as special place in the universe. the duration of phenomena seemed Take celestial mechanics. more and philosophers did not realize that nature might associate a clock tists ality is lost their special M=28x V. when even a expressed in everyday modest energy equates to on an astonishingly short One quantum ofgreen Hght. at the same time. and even for constant of proportional- X rays. but that the radiation comes in packets. which seems so fleeting by vals: in human in days. hub of the tronomers who followed Copernicus moved our small planet out toward the abbreviated h. instead persists lan- guorously. minute. teeming Uke our own. in years. In this case our forebears in the Renaissance We read our fortunes and conjunctions. the Moon. at states that the are proportional: the In this case the constant of proportion- period of planetary orbits from the outset. By to vary according to the circumstances. do the twentieth century we lost our Inbearings in time as frequency of the light wave. in their eclipses speed with ber of kilograms per cubic foot. and in time as utterly as we and they express of the same substance. a particular force. Newton- mechanics was replaced by the strange and counterintuitive world of quantum mechanics. For inillennia our ancestors believed the universe was made for us. but that translates in- of Newton is inadequate for de- scribing the world of atoms. oscillations timescales intrinsic to the laws of timescale. if lost our bearings of the quanta in vibrations per second. ty. His study of radiant heat and light led him to conclude that. Experimental for instance. periphery of placing the Sun. Although our skies are no longer inhabited by just the hkes of Orion the hunter and the Great Bear.— in perspective can be startling: the mi- measured time in human-size inter- croworld. But there are First. the apparent circling of the measures. like to about one oscillation every 2x1 second. and leave behind corpses of unimaginable density. late in the Renaissance. then die. Planets far from the Sun take longer to orbit than 28. where it is going. The laws of quantum mechanics. The same ity appHes for heat radiation. The German theoretical physicist Max Planck made the first key discovery in 1900. Human measures of time may have seemed arbitrary. — The solar system. and stars about of the seasons. though less personal. the re^vards of surrendering our place at the center of the universe. is as Planck's constant. physics themselves. the cycles My Copernican analogy is dehberate: what Copernicus did for the human sense of place. but they also were as good as any other. is the constant of proportionalithe density of water. it is univer- sal. early in the twentieth centu- ter. A little human perspective: the "blink of an eye" takes about 50 Hon times It 0~^ tril- longer. the energy of the quanta the relation mathematically ter in is as is simple the mass of a quantity of wa- kilograms to the volume of the same quantity in cubic feet. The more perfectly one tries to pinpoint the posi- . often in great explosions. the heavens are fuU of wonder for all to see. Then. The Sun. energy. in direct proportion. Then. Because Planck's constant is so physicists discovered that the is 6. They found the universe to be full of galaxies. Instead. 6x 10"^'* joule-second In Newton's law for calculating the compensations. not the Earth. which seems to define the eternal. Sun us. those two forms scales of radiation vibrate. it roughly ally no more exceptional than the others. Moreover. for hght. Today we can no longer claim a special place in the universe. The more volume. and V (the Greek letter km) is the frequency two place in the universe. From our the beginnings of civilization people have 18 But the period of the depends only on its size the with the more and. The cosmos. Galaxies whirl and coUide. It is come perfectly to know exactly impossible to where a particle is and. scien- ceaseless change. the two quantities then Planck's equation In the twentieth century M the mass in kilograms. the ener- the higher the fi-equency of vibration. ours stars force of gravity there is no constant that fixes the revolutionary upheavals in physics led to the discovery that there are ics better to know the truth than to be deceived. Planck's equation is one of the twin pillars of modern physics. Standing with Einstein's better-known E=mc~. uncertain- ty principle articulated rest. Heisenberg realized. Mand Kvary Thus. the volve around us. then roughly related properties Before the twentieth century. as Planck discovered. has only about 4x10"^^ mechan- joule of energy. ry. instead roils with seconds. volume NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 Moreover. If Fis the clear. the ones close in. usuknown and so the fiiU statement of the proportion is E=hxv. Stars form. the the same token. the longer the period. orbit E is num- gy of the radiation quanta in joules. larger the orbit. units. and the stars appeared to re- in cubic feet. through which ian time entered physical law. modern science has done for our sense of time. the beat of our hearts. wasn't until twenty-seven years af- ter Planck's original discovery about of his law for other forms of energy and matter and thus for nature's fundamental timelight that the implications —became The ordinary water waves. as- a huge galaxy. the drama of modern astronomy.

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Human beings are only aware of it because it reaches out across great distances and builds up when huge quantities of matter are gathered together. dme to put aside the prejIt is udice of a human perspective that sees the microworld as evanescent and NATURAL HISTORY has enabled the universe to persist so long? If it were ruled by the tempos of of the strong force that holds Though complete weak 22 tive cleus disintegrates. about Honth of a second (IQ-^'-* second). even though it thousand times more rapid than the tempo of chromodynamics. Human- most enduring institutions churches. So the name curate charges for the strong force is the "chromodynamic. it is easy to overlook. Taking a fun- would ex- pect the universe to have blinked into M. lives so ity's long in its own terms. usually the October 2006 its one But is that really so short a time? Not if you take the Copernican leap. Photography. At this that distance another force — the force as the elec- —^becomes strong as tromagnetic force. I What periodic zero-point motion of the quarks that results sets the tempo of the strong force: a single vibration." source of the strong force. tempo as too fast. high-energy physi- usually ignore the fact that the cists Consider one of the its damental. one and out of existence in some tiny firaction of a second. the lambda is made of three quarks.— charge of the electron. rather than a lambda decays at all. The beats are dizzying: roughly 10-1^ 10-22. second IQ-^*^ tive to the It is imperceptible to a long. Because range is the weak its effec- limited to distances of one one-thousandth the size of the proton. and weak forces dictate the structure of the microworld.I. In recent years he has been working on the quantum hiking. what? But "dizr)dng" compared to time to take another leap of imagination. vived only thousands of yearly cycles of heat and frost. is average. or what is left of it. futilely. long time it us. as I In "only" another 5 not- ed earlier. far less stable. the expire and take humanity. force. structure of the vacuum. Quark come known whim- in three varieties. the ii/ay they bind together to form particles and sucli as protons and neutrons. to regular. Because it plays such an important role in the dynamics of stars and galaxies. When a nubit it Lamb- ten-bil- decays and the lambda flies apart. T. other journey. and writing'occupy what is left ofhis time. weak The weak force is a tive force at work. "stable. universities Hved —have most hundreds of human HfeOur most ancient ruins have sur- at times. and call just like our solar system. What sets the immense scale of cosmological time? And what of gravity. T. escape the human temporal perspective. But that's a journey for another day. the quarks in it have orbited 10^^ times now that's — what my I call stable! hand. ." force. Hefting the stone in find myself asking. Greek the lambda (A) because is a pair of tracks forming an upside-down letter V. From time to time one of the orbiting quarks in a lambda gets too close to one of the others and within range of the weak force. "only" another 5 biUion years or so. rela- tempo of chromodynamics. has not figured in our search for the tempos of the microworld. Like the more familiar proton. and it is often an agent of decay. force only rarely affects the motions of quarks —and it is never the agent that binds matter together. respectively. along. T he next stop on Copernican journey. Only inside protons and neutrons. does the true tempo of the chromodynamic force come into focus. could gravity hold the key to understanding the scale of cosmological time? The question suggests an- this one across cosmic and exceedingly long times. a typical life span for a subatomic particle that decays because of the weak interaction. takes a quark about 10a single orbit — second to within the lambda. Uke the fungus of the physics world: it does not build up very complex structures. along. Nothing in our everyday experience times. at a distance of 10"'^ meter. Each has its own natural rhythm. is rarely heard in the universe. which plays such a central role in cosmology? Gravity." it capital letter signature telltale — After journey deep into this my fragment of the Acasta gneiss. facuhy is a professor of physics at has also served as chair of the and director of the Center for oretical Physics. or one trillion (10 ) on average. or what - is left Sun will of it. strong. way electric charge is is the much the the source of the more ac- electromagnetic force. quarks struggle mightcolor. So the beat of the weak force. which seems inconceiv- hillion years or so. comes into view at about 10~'^ meter. ^jjj 10-25 second. the Earth has circled the Sun about 5 bil- That is roughly 1 /200th the comparable number for the lambda. When it does. In lion times. Confined to such minuscule spaces. is a The electromagnetic. Even the Since its solar system the fundamental forces. that most familiar of forces. where lie is formation. and the last where any ne"w phenomena appear. the straying quark on spective human per- time.

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they gathered the silk Recently. two biomechanists even more five kinds all the silvet garden spider (Argiope argen- that fiinctions as a artificial proof vests). 24 of tion to dragline. Finally. egg-sac. managed holding the silk polymers as nylon and Kevlar (the fiber of bulletrivals side. is plotted on the graph at the far right of opposite page: the upper end of each curve represents the breaking strength of the material. are gooey. i R (major ainpuuate> ^^'^3 I Sil The . aiid toughness. silk from the same of spider. silk is and bumps. The Threads IsTice investigators tested the five silks by stretching short sections of the individual fibers on a new kind of testing frame. ecofriendly environment. fibers. dragline as such in stiffness and to get tata) [see illustrations at right]. high-pefformance orb o. fibrous silk for their experiments from.insight into a' manufacturing stiffness. temporary ultimately replaced with stronger and more protects the spider's developing offspring: prey-wrapping be the toughest silk of all spiral laid raveled spider-egg sacs to strength. called from modified limbs.000 at last . Blackledge. but also to the planet. no one had been able to test temporary. fay (2) forms a silks: spiral scaffold for egg-sac shown to silk (3) the silk (1) web and is they col- and forms th? more permanent. * " . takes a device strength. " or relation between and tensile force applied. Many species. but the other five \ panoply oy properties cpuld give October 2006 . and Cheryl Y. stretches far .BIOMECHANICS does the morbid work of netting insect prey. Silk fibers are strong. including the silk weavers. used for wrapping and restraining synthesized in a spider's belly.) process and. serves the spiders as rappel Knes dropping in Spiderman) or web. The "stiffness. fibrous Todd A. but Orb weaver draw on a wide_ spiders can that span a huge range of stretchiness By Adam Summers ~ selection and of exceptional sensitivity and accuracy. spiral interior of the an orb weaver spider (clockwise from near r/ghtj. an prey. . that enables the orb weavers to per- Hayashi. until now. stretch I NATURAL HISTORY testing frame can whopping seven of silk. web temporary is get a grooved fiber that protects the developing are also worth imitating five of those —perhaps boon not only spiderhngs from thumps to spin would be silken wares all a to the building-minded. twenty years workers have been trying to reproduce the showiest brous (for of the silk. a^pfbf ingredients that new measure forces might be making ada)pted for the new. Fourth was the silk from the acini- form gland. —binds prey: and capture silk (5). spinnerets. (Both dragline and capture silk frorn a number of different or prey-wrapping by Laura Hartman Maestro Illustrations wispy that testing them they're also so of silks species All — — of spider about count extrude\ species 40. Akron armamentarium a behavioral ecologi^t at the University of and in Ohio. how scafFold. on their abdomens. stretchy capture sUk that edible. which captures prey. River- For tricks. After all. Drag/ine -^^the differ in stuff that breaking strength and elasticity forms the radial spokes of the web. spider silks with such a Five kinds of silk spur. produce a different kinds Two silks are together create an kinds of spiders had been measured for valuable. at least to eat their old Looking at even It's an arachnid: spiders webs to get extra protein.^ fi- the so-called dragline silks. like radial trusses for a In laboratory testing. the sticky silk (4) silk silk elastic —recently that more than any other silk. the biomethanists confiscated and unof "capture" silk that the four other fibrous silks Learning In addi- together until a showed so. though. Third. solely out of lected the sticky biodegradable ingredients. strength. an evolutionary biologist at^ form weight-defying rope the University of California.- down.

lighter-weight bulletproof faBrics^ould be in the offing. do nearly as flexibility well in strength ing weight) befdi:e the material fails. before weight superlative. Irvine. and dragline reigns as the strongest silk.-Witn recent advances in understanding the biocheinical content of and the genetics of the proteins it up. of ecology. can bear before Dragline sUk^ for instance. I proitjise. both stiffer than dragline. stiffness much the sense. there is real promise that artificial spider silk can be made. strength of dragline silk thread of comparable diameter.and evolutionary biology at the University of California. In ^h toughness. Personally. toughness. if a spider thing. . strength it. Adam Summers an (asumnners@ua. The sdcky was thought to be the is a kind of combination of stiffness and strength. Presumably the its Hfe demands tougher material than do the a sin impacts that dragline must sustain.weight of the dried ink in the period at the end of this sentence.silk fiagelliform) October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 25 .c The standout. tougher. silk it of the capture spiral is still the champion. loadsTand egg-sac at least for all small silk stretches to prey-wrapping silk can be imitated. apture . "strength" sprength: is same how much measure of how much a sample stretches or deforms (as a percentage of its length) when a^fbrce is applied. the breaking is about that steels. both capture dragline silk trump Kpvlar. though. To a materials scientist. I'd fight silk that inake crime.p'rofessor of bioengineering and is . Understanding the material properties of the various kinds of spider silk might help fine-tune and vary the basic manufacturing process for nonsupern\an-made fibers. T\oughness sometimes mearis resting much as breaks. intimate. It can absorb twice the energy of any other silk before it breaks. is that Kevlar prey-wrap- killer. Here.edu) assistant. the third measure. I'd hke little nozzles that shoot the various kinds of silk from my wrists. I wouldn't just swing around. silk ping [see big surprise silk is a real graphs below]. nearly twice as a strand dragline. stretches of most a about as much as would a spider silk fell on tion. The other three fibrous sUks are stiffer th^iMifagUne. but temporary silk and prey-wrapping silk. If When they tested the slider's fuU toolkit for the first timeT" Blackledge and Hayashi confirmed tk^ amazing properties of dragUne /'and silk. long-term contact with an and insect struggling for sill. is it By nylon technical more than 50 percent of its is breaking length. too. a measure of'how much energy can be absorbed (b^ stretching and bearcapture In casual conversa- its breaks. But they also discovsome of the highest-per- capture ered that formance sUks had been overlooked.

to was common. of course. Then on August 24. The butterfly was aU but eliminated from the Florida mainland and the western barrier islands by the late 1980s. The Miami blue (Cyclargiis endemic thomasi bethunebakeri). coupled with hu- man land-use practices that fragment habitats and disrupt natural biological processes. It was at sands of years. By 1 breeding has led to the reintroduction of the species in 26 Everglades and Biscayne national parks. a massive storm can blow away an entire species forever. Originally described firom specimens collected near its namesake the butterfly once ranged along coastal parts of southern mainland Florida. Lepidopter- naturalists pockets or discontinuous small that finally served as a Key Lar- go. Biscaynsf Dry Tortugas— rocklands. in pine ATLANTIC OCEAN scrub. its future seem- hang on for dear Hfe. on several barrier islands off the home hammocks in coastal where tropical hardwoods grew in dense. Daniels and Stephanie J. NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 Now amid beachside aU those habitats the storm's devastation. could lead to their extinction. For rare organisms already at risk. even a single hurricane can a devastating impact on wildhfe. just as they have acted as a major force in the evolution of ami blue to vanish. all living in Bahia Honda State Park. ^1 Miami . Storms have shaped the city. Florida. and south from the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas [see map on this page]. leagues and I at my col- the University of Flori- da in Gainesville and others have tak- . But now. and Honda State Park. 524 of limestone and beach in the is bracing for one of nature's most destructive forces: a hurricane. Perhaps blue. such as the Miami blue. Bahia acres crackle as the Honda wind State Park. about forty miles east of Key West. little size of a butterflies. Hunkered down under veg- lower Florida Keys. where the insect was once abundant. from the scene. Hurricane Andrew slammed into south Florida with sustained winds of about 145 miles per hour. the known populations of Miami blues were isolated and scarce. who The wake- love the gradual loss of habitat was causing the Mi- aUke began to fear that the once-plentiful butter- preserves. small Miami blue each barely the laboratory help a Florida butterfly escape extinction? crowded Usually loving tourists. Fifty years ago. sky. it was also losing ground. thumbnail. Seven years passed without a sighting. with sunthe sandy beaches of the Florida Keys darkening afternoon are vacant in the Palm fronds picks up. ei- zation. 1999. virtually unnoticed. In the next twenty-four hours they wiU fight a critical battle for survival. a historic stronghold for the but- have become endangered. In the Keys. 1992. In the aftermath of ingly secure. even terfly. when the last few reports of sightings trickled in from Sanibel Island and sites near the city of Homestead. the story was entire- have ly different. Finally. one that if lost. broad-leaved forests. Sancliez subtropical ecosystems throughout the Caribbean. popular tourist destination along the Overseas Highway. Florida. etation.NATURALISTS AT LARGE Blues' Revival Can —and a change in diet assistance By Jaret — a C. landscape of the peninsula for thou- southwestern Gulf coast. a small colony was fly discovered in Bahia a it was a hurricane up call for those Miaini blue. By the early 1990s. along the sunlit mar- gins of those forests. In the years that followed. is no stranger to hurricanes. failed to register a single verified sighting of a ther severely firagmented or lost ists of urbanismall fraction of entirely as a result Only a the original coastal vegetation remains. on November 29. primarily as remnant Miami and amateur had died out. A successful program of captive Historic range of the in orange. Key West^ Honda Bahia State Park ^ National Park Key Largo^ Homestead endangered Miami blue is shaded 999 the butterfly population was reduced to about fifty individuals.

With that success. Both traits posed would have to if we were going to manage and habitat. FWC temporarily granted the petitioners' request. and it is scarce throughout the lower Keys. Precisely because it was once efforts shifted to research so common.) of these insects effectively. many details of its biology and ecology remained poorly understood. harming. The first priority was to make an in-depth biological study of the Miami blue and the causes of its decline. Listing the insect as gered meant there would be endan- stiff fines its addition to Flori- clear restore the population species. We began with surveys. stage. But balloon vine does not occur within the park. But we also estimated that at any one time the park typically supported fewer than a hundred public. and cotton swabs injected with artificial nectar feed the hungry mothers. preUminary at Bahia Honda State though the surveys were extensive. The remaining Miami-blue caterpillars fed instead on gray nicker bean (Caesalpinia October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 27 . when FWC unanimously approved the species-management plan for the colony. may encourage others in similar to details straits. a program to save nent just before the fourth anniversary en part in a concerted effort to find. inflated pods caterpillars chewed through to get at the "main course. Those disappointing results focused our attention back on the single locale on Bahia Honda Key now more important than ever. Mature caterpillar (above left) feeds in the wild while being tended by its ant companions. and lat- Park. males lasted barely two. breed. Although even disturbing what had become one of the nation's rarest invertebrates. and reintroduce the Miami blue is Miami now on blues to its way The being a quahfied success. conservation and recovery. butterfly's larval. Female butterflies typi- cally lived less than five days. In that from an atypical source the general Concerned amateur naturalists way we confirmed the existence of more than a dozen distinct breeding colonies. and frag- mismanagement of the existing habitat. There we made detailed observations and studied the population by gently netting. hurdles we North American Butterfly As- Miami blue and sociation petitioned the Florida Fish da's list of endangered firom the andWUdHfe Conservation Commission (FWC) to list the Miami blue as an endangered species on an emergency ba- The sis. resting position. Fortunately for the butterfly. neither professional biol- ogists nor amateur lepidopterists had ever extensively examined the butterfly. on its a petitioners based their request laundry hst of potential threats to continued survival: the loss mentation of habitat. or populations. and the unethical collecting of specimens. hoping to uncover any other extant Miami-blue Our most intriguing preliminary finding.for illegally collecting." the developing seeds inside. releasing. and as a result. Preliminary estimates of adult longevity were even more worrisome. no new sites were identified. (The the effort has had its share of false starts and dark moments. Moreover. whose distinctive. Sprigs of nicker bean provide substrate for the eggs. EarHer pop- ulations had dined exclusively on balloon vine (Cardiospermum corindmn). An array of spots are visible on her left hind wing. while monitoring the known colony the south Florida ecosystem. though. Yet — er recapturing individual estimates logged fewer than fifty indi- and prompted a swift immediate conservation action technique mark-recap- viduals remaining butterflies (a call for known — as ture). along with the penned marking (number 1 12) sexes were remarkably sedentary: individuals seldom wandered more than thirty feet from their birthplace in the of the naturalist. particularly through a failure to conduct regular controlled fires that maintain it. Female Miami blue (above right) shows off the underside of two of her wings in their upright. 2003. numbering. both Paper cups (opposite page) at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville each house an egg-laying Miami-blue female. temporary protection became permaof the discovery of the Bahia Honda on November 19. may have been choice of food during the its or caterpfllar. a hopeful result. individuals. the dramatic rediscovery Following of the butterfly colony.

such as the them exposed and seemingly half of the image.and carbohydraterich droplets. at several of the release sites we monitored." hundreds of hungry caterpillars busily devoured the cut nicker bean we amounts of sugar.500 Miami blues into the wild. one host plant to an- Shifting from ing them We began by hand-feed- several times a day. state human deposit a dozen or more eggs a day on such tender leaves. fines butterfly) has couple of days of the wild to attract the vul- Male Miami blue (lower life in one perhaps a in the upper nerable to a range of potentially fatal threats.But in the blues' case." adaptation presumably provided the larvae with ically refresh a competitive advantage: they could feed on most plants that butterflies. uncommon among we needed some kind of artifi- cial nectar. we saw signs that the butterflies had subsequently them of nicker bean in a mesh-covered paper cup. thereby increasing egg production and direct- for the butterfly early in 2003. eral species many of collected in the Like the larvae of ant. substantially tinued to lay eggs in- — — for more than forty days! stead of entering the protected con- of a balloon. After we on devised their a own that schedule and without our touching ward off most herbivores. we scouted a variety of relatively inaccessible places in south Florida and ranked them nucleus of just a hundred eggs Starter wUd. And the Gatorade had other animals find unpalatable. The following year proved equally (Continued on page 75) . we planned to release both adult butterflies and fuUy grown caterpillars. By using this cyanide-generating metabolic pathways that enabled it to tolerate those nasty chemicals. Accommodating the short-lived was somewhat more outdoor difficult. Our hope was to get our females to live longer than their flight cages.bondtic). the other forms of arti- we tried. in large ing intruders. The Miaini blue had evolved highly specific them: In each paper cup we placed a cotton swab soaked in Fierce Melon—flavored Gatorade. The hand. That leaves attention of a female. their food of choice. Some of them survived and con- its original niche. carefully. which the ants feverishly consume. and observed As soon as a female us. Balloon vine. To maximize our chances of establishing colonies. the Miami blue completely altered its lifestyle. So in the unexpected benefit of outper- switching plant families (from Sapin- forming daceae to Caesalpiniaceae). But the chaotic weather of south Florida has posed a formidable challenge. sucking nectar with her proboscis. all nectar enhancing the females' longevity. To keep our fragile beasts thorny. without disturbing the "artificial flower. As soon as our laboratory program was breeding plenty of butterflies. other species in the Lycaenidae family. In the wild. an alarm. the but- ficial terfly has apparently abandoned Moreover. the larvae receive a helping captive colony in our laboratories. the ants protect their herbivorous adults companions from roaming predators and parasitoids by patrolling the surrounding plant and aggressively attack- We maintained them naturally. pesticides.vine pod. to feed them. Now. for us and stressful for seemed extreme. In 2004 much of the state was in the midst of a prolonged drought. With a ly NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 2. StiU. the svwtch way for them error. the developing larvae feed on the terminal growth of nicker bean. The first reintroductions began in the spring of 2004 and continued throughout the year. Miami blues secrete small that followed. controlled conditions of the laborato- a chemical signal that nearby ants to rally at the first calls sign of Once the prehminary was behind as their makeshift homes. That reproduced. individual females trouble. tation much other is not weedy like a invasive. ultimately ushering more than er. rambling shrub a doors without access to living flow- sometitnes encroaches on other vege- ers. field research we were ready to plan the recovery. agreed to launch a breeding program nated are might have been the happy ending to a simple story. we brought and federal agencies effort. As part of a coordi- her back into the ry and placed her alongside a fresh leaf counterparts do in the wild. In return for the plentiful placed in rows of paper cups that served food. sites Our choices were in Everglades and established a Biscayne national parks. 28 alive in- native to the Florida coasts that improving our conservation efforts. The larvae can also emit mated. produces toxic much trial and compounds But the process proved both labor-intensive in- sects. and the wilted landscape was less than ideal for the blues' survival. The we could periodthe"nectar"with an insulin syringe. under artificial Florida "sun. because they Happily. including inclement weath- and predators. we first as potential release our captive -bred for butterflies. They are regularly tended by sev- population grew rapidly in the months remote and protected from direct impact.

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com Toll free 1-800-464-8281 tial is its forehead. away in the mountains to lush jun- mangroves on the coasts. The national bird. . The lake is sprinkled with traditional Maya villages with markets you can pick up Maya where weavings and other indigenous items. search of the elusive horned With a distinctive. is found in . FOR MORE INFORMATtON CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL AGENT www. hours three to Lake west of Atitlan. ranging from cloud forests tucked LAND.vi5itguatemala. whose waters reflect three of the country's 33 volcanoes. Take A GLANCE AT AN EXOTIC Ihoose from ten ecosystems. coral-colored horn emerging from guan Thousands of years old Maya metropolises. determined birders can begin the climb to the top of Toliman vol- cano in guan.•Ic^Special Advertising SectionS|> m 3 ALA k^ivirr.'v y t:. There are 700 species of Igles to birds in the Land Head about Guatemala City of the Quetzal. Everything you sigh for is in Guatemala. the pink-headed warbler and the azure-rumped tanager. the in danger of extinction. In minutes you can travel from fog-covered forest to desert. Thousands of miles of jungle and forests filled with adventure and mystery.m" lown for its Maya sf heritage and quickly varying topography^ colonial cities^ making it Guatemala // also is a biologically rich country with the perfect place to take a Great Outdoors adventure. the quetzal. From here. It's par- to trees rather than the ground. mountainous forests. legendary colonial cities and the warmth of people waiting for you. Far easier to see at the foot of the volcanoes are two other natives.

. . of Los Angeles County. Photo from the Scavnr Canter for Western History Research.THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMbF LOS ANGELES COUNTY October 2006 I './^ A still suited from GonWa of Large (19'54). Natural History Museum Jane Jewell Barrows. . starring the George Barrows and Anne Bancroft. Couiie-sy ' .AVi r Masters f Disguise ^> '^^iSr^lMs •'^ A^ffP ''*-t.

.. Peg-Leg Pete and his scurvy Xfyi Ctirse of . Naturalist for a members ($275) MM • and higher will be invited to join us on dclBBlTz^.^ r^^^^:. ^.j&«g-X«g:)Me dog$ are searching for their lost treasure. 2006 piratejhemed adventure at the third annual Haunted Museum.500) areinvit^^^roiHl'additional.Jmo tn^ loot or wafK t()e . ' kngeles Counly .. Rumor has it. *sss. Upgrade todayand join us on this pirate advehtuilBf^flmg 213-763-3512. Fellows ($1.quests. :p(cmR! A ghost ship has been spotted at the Natural History Museum with a ghastly o^lfgg!^ apparition at the helm.

Pisano President and Director wur missio. The Museum was at the forefront of civic progress then. when the city's cultural we remarkable and is included in the National also preserve our connection to a formative landscape was beginning to take shape. The building's patterned red brick exterior featured arched windows. discovery and responsibility in our natural and cultural worlds. including the Grand Foyer and four diorama halls. and today. doors on November 6. and substantial additions were completed between 1924 and 1930. and Art" was unveiled in the center of the rotunda. a rotunda surrounded by scaghola columns. Science. and remains. To Aqueduct the day County Museum saw the debut of Exposition Park's commemorate of History. Its focal and an point was. writers at the time noted that the Museum signified the birth of Los Angeles as a cultural center. fitted walls. The civic State Exposition Building and the completion of William Mulholland's Los Angeles before. we continue to play a pivotal role in its enrichment. terracotta ornamentation.. with our mission to inspire wonder. 1913. arcaded formal entrance. Because of the auspicious timing of the Museum's opening and the beauty of its Beaux Arts-inspired design. It was the first public statue funded by Los Angeles County. Its 1913 Building . discovery iui our natural and cultural worlo . Seven months after the Museum's opening. Originally a freestanding structure.A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Polishing a Civic ^% iV^^I J ewe Dear Friend. Jane G. By time in Los Angeles' history. This fall we prepare for the restoration and seismic strengthening of our 1913 Building. Julia Bracken Wendt's bronze sculpture "The Spirit of History.or "Rotunda" Register of Historic Places. the Los Angeles and Art was the first museum in the city to open its celebration that took place also the groundbreaking for the Armory. Science. and topped by a painted glass dome. a fountain of water shot into the air from the center of what is now the rose garden. > responsibility inspire wonder. Our Museum began with Tar The Pits. Sincerely. marble a strong history collection and a growing trove of fossils excavated at the La Brea holdings quickly outgrew the original building's three wings. as it is also known - is still preserving this civic jewel.

#po and Goo
-Fomjly Overnight Adventure

Friday,

October 27

at

7 pm through Saturday, October 28

Surrounded by mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed

Page Museum

sleeping bag, air mattress, and flashlight.

La BreaTarPits

by an

adult.

cats.

Wear

at

^9

am

your costume and bring your

Snack and breakfast provided. Ages 5 and up accompanied

Reservotions required, col/ f2I3j 763-ED4U.

Members $40; Nonmembers $45.

Our

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filled

is

with things that look like

of actor and disguise impresario Lon

On

Chaney.

Chaney is
Phantom of

the back page,
in his

other things, and

example, kelpfish like seaweed fronds,

and shrimpfish

like the spines

of a

sea urchin.

Opera (1925)

sometimes, things

^

the

that look like

;

costume, holding a

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makeup

of normally unrelated organisms that

nothing

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at all.

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worship, entertain,

5"^

and

I 5

they live

to teach,

^'J

especially this

time of year, to
trick.

Since October

with illusion,

let's

is

a

month

look at

rife

how a few of

our specimens incorporate the
science, of disguise.

art,

and

collection includes the rare

from the Mexican

made

copper

state

tigre

of

in the early

20th century. Our History Department
offers a

group

share a color pattern for defensive

A

is

a

and D are
worm. At least

nudibranchs; E

is

a flat

and D have very toxic chemical
defenses, and it's likely that A and

Our
dioramas also show
in.

E mimic the toxic species so predators
confuse them and don't attack.

And

you thought two Wonder Womans
the same Halloween party was a
curious phenomenon.

at

animals blending into their backgrounds. The North American

Mammal

Hall's artic fox, for example,

one of several species that alternates
between a white winter coat and a

Department boasts costume elements
from all over the world. Its mask

Guerrero, probably

a

is

The Museum's Anthropology

(above)

"mimicry complex,"

B, C,

resemble the
branches and leaves

it

a

purposes. The animal in figure

though of

are different.

is

shell-bearing sea slug; B, C,

course our goals

we use

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kit that

glimpse inside another world of

brown summer coat to blend
snow and dirt, respectively.

But perhaps the most diverse theater of
disguise

is

the world's oceans. Carrier

crabs devote hind legs to toting

anemones

or carved out sponges on

their backs. Decorator crabs

- the entertainment industry.
The Museum's early Hollywood
collection is one of the world's most
significant, with artifacts such as George
Barrows' self-made gorilla suit (seen on
the Naturalist cover), which appeared in
several films and television shows.

Velcro-like hairs that allow

Other highlights include the belongings

at

illusion

in with

attach shells

and

bits

their exoskeletons,

have

them

to

of seaweed to

maldng them

indistinguishable from the ocean floor.

shown with

(The decorator above

is

and without

and sea

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algae

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squirt

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candy - there has always been power

in

appearing as something "other."

accessories

Stonefish look like rocks, for

Kristin Friedrich

museum

do

things to

exhibitions

muse

at the

Pleistocene

GARDEN
Super Spiders
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Saturday, October 14,

am

10

Visit

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Through November

5,

all

2006

am

II

our fabulous Spider Pavilion and leam

about awesome arachnids! We'U watch

craft,

take over our south lawn habitat.

Curb

and hear spider

Events are available
basis.

amazing Orb Weavers spin their webs,
and then stick around to see what

stories! All

programs

FREE with paid Museum admission.

are

your arachnophobia as you watch

at

2006

spiders eat their lunch, create a creeping

After the butterflies have gone, spiders

happens

-

No

on a first-come, first-served
more

reservations are required. For

information about the Critter Club, please
contact the Discovery Center at (21J) 'j6y}2}0.

feeding time! Adults $3;

Students and Seniors $2; Children (yi2)
$1.

Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots

throughout the day. Members receive

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provided

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Support for Cntter Club
the

is

provided by

Gary Saltz Foundation and

Transamerica. Support for family and
children's

programs

is

provided by

Dinosoles (www.dinosoles.com/nhmla).

Saul,

how the land

has

changed, and admire the reintroduced
native species of coastal sage scrub

chaparral plants

tlrat

and

once thrived here.

former Collection

Museum Research Associate.

rich fossQ site

years ago. Learn about

with Ijndsey

Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology and
cun-ent

Ice

2006

pm

Groves, Collection

Age garden that was
planted to resemble what Hancock Park
might have looked like 10,000 to 40,000
blooming

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this

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12:00

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best finds. Participants provide their
transportation. Grades 2

accompanied by an

adult.

General Admission $39.

and

own

up,

Members $2q;

your costume and bring your sleeping bag. highlights of the He will show us the Museum's mollusk naked giant squid . Boccherini. morning surrounded by in the of 10 participants per group. 7:30 Cold Weather Quest NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM [Jj accompanied by an adult. October 27 at 7 pm through Saturday. Safaris are FREE with Patron Family membership ($16^ per year).org. but what do do? Help us find winter habitats for 2006 by pianist Steven Schneider and marauded by An artists reception will follow. visit $20. including sea shells. and flashlight. Music La Brea Tar Pits uww. Naturahst level members and Tourmaline Dreams OFF SITE FIELD TRIP Sunday. October 28 at 9 am Q Tour the Tar Pits at night. To upgrade or join. For more information about the Critter Club. Reserve your space early by calling (213 j y6y}426. Sunday. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM The Museum has been Schumann. Boo and Goo Family Overnight Adventure PAGE MUSEUM Friday. Angel Valdes. .. first-served basis. HART MUSEUM Please call (21}) 76]-}^]^ for more information or on the pirates and we need your help making things shipshape again.nhm.:^/e^'f». we'U go behind the scenes with Curator of Malacology Dr. we'll take a through the guided scavenger hunt galleries on a moUusk-themed adventure. y^. please contact the Discovery Center at (21}) y6y}220.--y/ jaij.which collections. October 29.org/fellcws invitation yGy^pG or to learn more. and other famous classical composers. Advanced reservations required. Critter fiin! Ml Museum admission. Snack and breakfast provided. Reserve your space early by guests. Reservations required.9:30 pm visit surrounded Bunt Mansion WILLIAMS.nhm. November 19. Child to adult ratio is 6:1. Call {21}) calling (661) 2^4-4^84. Members Saturday. 11. 2007 Ever wonder what goes on in the Museum at night.T:4 Cozy up with us inside WiUiam S. Wear $40.coming soon! m Group Overnight CrAUENfiERX Adventures SAI-AKi [Jj Vn FOR PATRON FAMILY MEMBERS! Squids Will Be Squids MUSEUM [Jj NATURAL HISTORY PAGE MUSEUM Through May. Nonmembers $4^ Birds fly turtles [museum November south for the winter. Members friends. and mine with Dr Anthony Kampf Curator of Mineralogy. call (21^) to this exciting event. Upgi'ade your membership to and receive an Fellows are invited to bring additional the Fellows level under $10. 'j6y}426 or visit nhm. air mattress. and even is the biggest a moUusk and the world's largest invertebrate! Following our tour. October 21. moUusks. club critter Uj cellist www. Nonmembers $2y. call (213 j y6}-ED4U. Hart's living room for a special performance Jerome Kessler Enjoy the music of Bach.^ Come 2006 Saturday. Minimum our animal in Enjoy fun and educational by mammoths and mastodons. Children 12 and fossils. 2006 . Ages 5 and up 2006 pm . 2006 Explore a San Diego County tourmaline higher ($275 annually) are invited to join us on this swashbuckling adventure. Shostakovich. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM at either spend the night the Natural History Museum or 11 am: Kids and Family tour the Page Museum at the 12 pm: Adidts only tour and find out! activities with your group and wake up On this special safari.org/membership. n Saturday. October 21. programs are Qub is hands- FREE with paid Events are available on a first-come.

Yom Kippur use Free Tuesday 13 Football Game * (TBA) * 14 BO Critter Club Columbus Day Museum opens al use 10 am) 20 Football Goo B Family Overnight (5 * * pm) Si Scavenger's Safari HI Music in the Q Boo and Game 2 Mansion Boo and Goo Family Overnight Adventure 28 Adventure H Haunted 29 30 Museum Halloween >JS Spider ^^ o 5 Pavilion doses Free Tuesday time everyday Mornings :00 1 atNHM am* :30 2:00 BS 900 T^^History IVliiseum Discovery Center Discovery Center Gallery Adventure Tour Dueling Dinosaurs of Los Angeles County Live Animal Presentations Discovery Center Learning Adventures Dueling Dinosaurs pm Hancock Park and pm Gallery Adventure Tour *7hese activities Pit I Page Museum 5801 Wiishire Los Angeles. CA 90036 www.org www. Los Angeles. tarpits.org Page Museum 91 Tour take place on Saturdays Q CA 90007 213-763-DINO 21 3-763-3569 (nV hsorlng impaired] Discovery Center Story Time with Crafts :00 1 Dinosaur Hall pm 2:15 Exposition Blvd.nhm. NewhallCA 91321 www. Cleaning Demonstration Animal Presentation Discovery Center Afternoons jS^atural Live Story Time with Crafts pm 3:00 pm Museum Fossil Tarantula Feeding 2:00 Page location activity pm* 12:00 noon* 1 ' * « WILLUMS. . Page Museum La BreaTar Pits and Sundays 323.934.pAGE only 24151 San Fernando Blvd.org MUSEUM 661-2544584 Rd.hartmuseum.

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An ominous blush stains the water and the oily. Just six miAites have passed since the seal pup was inno- research vessel drifts ofFSeal Island. Sneaky turns his attention to Couz. southeast of Cape Town. squawking avian obscenities at one another. silhouet- what seems an impossibly long back into the sea. splashing thunderous spray beneath a gathering mob of seabirds. Is he friend or foe? Of higher or lower rank? For half a minute. South Africa. and other sharks. a female sweeps in and usurps the remains of Sneaky's abandoned jpesl. cializing A lone Cape fur seal pup porpoises through the gendy rolling swells toward the island. its By Aldan Martin and Anne Martin R. As we record their interactions. whose thick blub- ber rnakes for a calorie-rich meal. Bay. shark. Each year white sharks returri to seal hotspots. the Utde seal teeth. %r . while guUs and other seabirds compete vigorously for its entrails. an action that maximizes the cutting efficiency of his saw-edged teeth. South Africa.^t^^^ "^^1 OCTOBER 2006 Sociable Killers New studies of the white shark (a k a great white) show that social Ufe and hunting strategies are surprisingly complex. to prey on seal such as Seal Island pups in nearby False just learning to fish at sea. fish. Our For white sharks (also known as great whites). Then cakn returns to the sea. Now cendy making mortally wounded and lying on its side at the surface. It hangs. particularly the young. warily sizing each other up as white sharks do when they meet. seal arid sea lion. the seal head and weakly wags its left foreflipper. emergesjrom the depths off c the port town of Gansbaai. Suddenly. orange Hght of breaking dawn. an eleven-and-a-half-foot male we call Sneaky. Sneaky hunches his back and lowers his pectoral fins in response to the threat posed by the larger shark \set illustration of "hunch display" on page 44]. whereupon he and Couz veer apart. ferocious predatory and intense socializing is a shark biOTDgist's dream. pery smell of the its '^^tchingi-'^fffPFi despite the white shark's reputation as the an- imal kingdom's nostrils. snails. cop- assaults raises its The The wounded seal prickles seal carcass floats to the surface our way to shore. or great white. the shark surface by an astonishing clears the six feet. Sneaky and Couz swim side by side. We and our crew of five student volunteers watch ted in the chill air for time before it falls breathlessly as the drama unfolds. circles back unhurriedly and seizes the hapless pup again. twenty past seven on t's I a winter morning. Sneaky returns to his meal. But its preferred repast is squid. AH of a sudden. In fact. of white shark launches from the water like a clamped between its Framed against purple clouds washed with the a ton Polaris missile. and another white shark rises from below male — we a thirteen. sotrumps dining.foot call Couz. shaking his head violently from side to side. vyhite shark. The white shark's eclectic diet includes crabs. He carries it underwater.

twenty-two miles south home to some 64. . around the By early May the pups are joining their oldon er siblings fishing trips into False yond. (Both be- haviors can be observed elsewhere. surprisingly lit^ basics of its foraging behavior: feeding cycle. That's ing up when —from Bay and beshowto hunt the the white sharks start parts unknown — young-of-the-year pups. a rocky. but far frequently than at Seal Island. That enables as white sharks to exploit cold. In the popular imagination. and other seabirds.000 plus thousands of cormorants. Since have returned each southern win- continue studying the remarkable be- havior of the white shark. As for habitat.) less lows and Lawrence's invitation. teractions migration routes and favorite hunting grounds. oddly skittish creatures. aside from the Nowhere more waters around Seal Island and several other places. antisocial brutes. Seal Island in then we ter to we At Fal- visited 2000 to see for ourselves. seals give end of De- birth here in the spring. and sensitive electroreceptors that give it access to envi- ronmental cues beyond human experience. Carcharodon carcharias largest is of the quintessential predator. research demonstrates that white that social is Our we Cape and foraging behavior on vivid display than at Seal Island.500 pounds. And even about its social behavior. quite a different opinion. and gut maintain a temperature degrees much as twenty-five Fahrenheit warmer than the water. whose social in- and doc- attacks. white sharks five-acre islet in False Bay. gulls. prey-rich waters. The island the creatures are solitary. of Cape Town. the largest scent- detecting organs of any shark. Its and foraging behavior arc more complex and sophisticated than anyone had imagined. discovered the when 1995. is penguins.500 predatory have arrived known at least since less is — at sharks are intelligent. South African naturalists based in Simon's False Bay. Its brain. it The reaches a length of more than twenty feet and a weight of 4. but it also exacts a price: they must eat a great URAL HISTbUY 43 . But after observing the at Seal Island for eight seasons. Chris Fallows and Rob Lawrence. its is its knovviTaD^j^he hunting tacti^ preferences in prey. all predatory sharks. curious. remain largely unknown. fur seals. the white shark prefers cool and temperate seas worldwide. Mother fur cember. The white shark possesses acute color vision. swimining muscles.X iiberpredator. site's Town on attractions in they observed the sharks' vig- orous seasonal predatory activity and their remarkable aerial hunting style. umenting more than 2. Most people the movie Jaws —assume stupid.

by side. perhaps to size 44 and lowers and show off its establish dominance. enabhng it to gorge weigh the gy or numbers. squid. however. its dirt when means to catch right. Ac- basic strategies: they seek to maximize either ener- but so more moderately. but marine Many of them favorite meal. distinct social behaviors. The twenty it. predators employ one of two pound. Energy maximizers selectively eat only high-calorie prey. a white shark can store as much as 10 percent of its body mass in a lobe of its stomach. they sink their teeth into the mals' thick layer of blubber. mammals may be are big. A. thereby keeping per-meal search costs low. perhaps to compare size and other establish rank. as and handhng fat carcass) How model known it By for the opportunity arises (such as a of searching for cording to the theory. but many help the sharks establish is the energy payoff per meal. The first opposite directions. Splash Fight white shark arches White shark in foreground its its back pectoral fins for Two sharks splash each other with their tails. kill. According to Kdimley's theory. Although those prey may be low-cal. compared with sea mammals. which are notably less fatty. often from a the most or biggest splashes wins. Davis. a perhaps to identify one another or to detercircle. fleeing or attacking. though. mine rank. NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 in response parently to contest the ownership of a kill. in Two white sharks swim toward one another. regardless of its energy content. Usually. or to determine determine which ownership of a disputed identifying each other. Of all marine mammals. Way Give Two white sharks glide slowly past each Two white sharks swim slowly. Their search costs are high. Peter KHmley a marine biologist at the University of California. by contrast. i . That neatly explains why they often feed on seals and sea Uons but rarely on penguins and sea otters. before missive rank. a rare behavior. or simply nance Two or three white sharks follow one another flinches in sion of "chicken. As we mentioned earlier. newly weaned seals and sea hons may offer the best energy bargain for white social rank and avoid physical conflict. a fifteen-foot white shark that consumes sixty-five pounds of whale blubber can go a month and a half without feeding again. A single shark may also splash another to establish kill. It seems likely that white sharks follow both strategies. so they reject low-fat foods. dominance or contest a onds. several feet apart. Based on optimal foraging theory. significance oi the behaviors remains unknown. and the other accepts a sub- dominant shark." other sharks. In fact. apart. side The submissive shark and swims away. depending on is profitable in a given circumstance. and thus sometimes energetically more attractive. ap- The shark that makes stretches out perpendicular to several seconds another shark for a few sec- to a threat. white sharks eat encounters calorie content of food against the ener- getic cost calories as protein. white sharks are energy maximizers. they may also be easier to find and catch. Pound and hve off its hoard for extended periods. has own powerful animals in their predators with the pay and turdes. eat which the more Numbers max- whatever kind of prey is most abundant. snails. them more than twice as many but hit caloric mam- when whale when does a white shark decide what to eat? fers a it A optimal foraging theory of- mathematical explanation of how predators High Society White sharks engage eight are largely in at least shown below. several feet They may be comparing is sizes to to swerve cedes domi- —a white-shark ver- dominant. has proposed an intriguing theory about the feeding behavior of the white shark. one estimate. white sharks eat many other kinds of prey. imizers.

After that the sharks cease hunting actively. Cape fur seals leave for their foraging expeditions from far and wide. White sharks that or the Farallon Islands making those islands the come marine equivalent of truck stops. Then. often after failing to capture a decoy. white sharks at Seal Island enjoy a 55 percent predatory success rate. tect a stalking making them less Ukely to de- white shark. they weigh in at about sixty pounds. waves fur sea/s surf the at Sea/ /s/and. turns a Uttle slower. both wildlife Point Reyes Bird has attacks take place during —draws white tide. from being the indiscriminate killers the movies have portrayed. white sharks drop by Seal Island for between a few hours and a few \veeks. then attacks in a rush from keen sense for subtle indi- below. at Seal Island. Such cues may be at work when a white shark picks a young. sharks seals. Furthermore. The incoming seal pups have fewer compatriots with which to share predator-spotting duties than they do in the larger outgoing groups. Many investigators think superficially similar animals? predators that rely schools of fish or pods of — — firom foraging at sea. most white-shark J »u the San Francisco. young-of-theyear seals close to the Launch Pad. Hmited diving and fighting skills. The shark thus maximizes its visual advantage over its prey. and a naivete about the dangers lurking below. the silhouette of a seal against the water's surface much easier to see from below than is is the dark back of the shark against the watery gloom from above. do When they detect a white shark. They from indiscriminate. such as Aerial shown that at the Far- aUons. for instance. and Neptune Islands ott South T- Ob- servatory in California^ the Farallon Islands off Cape c- with biologists then at the at certain off- shore islands — along Peter Pyle and Scot D. hght penetrates farther down into the water. ' he white shark rehes on t:when hunting stealth and ambush prey from the seals. and seals competition forces many low-ranking juve- own right. they're fuU and tired sea dolphins. male or female particularly target lone. when the An indi- vidual that lags behind. Each winter. to feast on firom a small rocky outcrop young-of-the-year Cape fur seals usually leave together. other carefully for signs of alarm. Seals maintain nearly for white sharks ' constant viqilance ^ • and watch each the water. Swimming quickly in small groups to or from the Launch Pad minimizes their time in that high-risk zone. Furthermore. though The location and timing of predatory attacks are al- some of them return to the hunt near sunset. or ventures just a bit farther from the group Gaping but they scatter while at and return alone or in small groups of two or three. there gaping is and strong claws. Repetitive nicknamed the Launch Pad. As the sun rises higher in the sky. It stalks its obscurity of the depths. and they remain in the relative safety of the open sea for extended pe- White shark holds its head above the its jaws. AustraUa visit either Seal Island back year after year. and by late morning their success rate falls to about 40 percent. so far heavy competition for space where northern ele- phant selves the can haul themonto the rocks. They also exhibit a remarkable range of antipredator tactics. near where the mammals enter and exit high Seal Island. vigilantly seals often scanning underwater with October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 45 . incoming. The numbers confirm it: at dawn. repeatedly Islands. white sharks are quite Far selective in targeting their prey. Coordinated groups of between five and fifteen on single- species prey groups. powerful predators in their surface. The behavior may be a socially provocative non- way to vent frustration. At high tide on the Farallon are big. Most attacks at Seal Island take place within light is low. a thick Klimley of blubber.sharks. But on what basis does a shark select one individual from a group ot No one knows for sure. have developed a cate vukierabihcy. vidual differences that indi- two hours of sunrise. vulnerable Cape fur seal out of the larger population seal at Seal Island. But Cape fur seals are hardly helpless victims. Their seasonal layer presence — Anderson. a headstand. a good meal by anyone's standards. Similarly. They have nile seals into the water. White sharks attack almost any seal at Seal Isbut they land -juvenile or adult. and take defensive advantage of their large canine teeth riods. may catch the predator's eye.

that the social behavior of these sharks plex. AJone. half of are just but which are new to science. unrecombat is extremely rare. feature black on the undersurface and white patchBoth markings are all but concealed when the sharks swim normally. But if those markings help white sharks signal to one another. At Seal Island. Another form ofnonviolent. Indeed. Instead. which can in- clude rights to a lower-ranking shark's formidable predator. Whether clan members are related is unknown. are related to establishing social rank [see many illustrations Rank appears to be based mainly on size. Cape fur seals never give up without a fight. the power of the attack often and prey out of the water hurtles both predator . tension-diffusing be- After the morning flush of predatory activity at Seal Island. They also watch one an- other closely for signs of alarm. a One has to admire their pluck against such established rank. and they resolve or avert conflicts through ritual and display. by observing both from the surface and with underwater cameras. During the twenty is astonishingly past five years. Cape fur seals occasionally white shark. squatter's rights es The average shark on 47 percent of its at Seal Island catch- attempts. White ings that sharks have a may number of markThe serve a social purpose. a shark investigator then affiliated with the Cousteau Society in Hampton. a Cape fur seal bites and claws its attacker. out of the water in the other's presence and crash to the surface. near Seal Island. Strong. may direct may leap or it kill. Spectacular aerial attacks on seals are more common in False Bay than anywhere else. In 46 on the white patch that covers the base of the lower lobe of on preceding two pages]. in in threes. and predatory strate- imply intelligence. combat is a risky prospect. swirUng around know be predator To avoid its it pairs. We beginning to understand their significance. If or incapacitate now superior agility The longer an an attack- a seal in the favors the seal. a shark attack. White sharks can cer- gies es its seal probably most aptly compared tail ing demonstrates the importance of social interac- tainly learn. fails to catch bait (typically a tuna head) or a rubber seal way — to vent frustration the equivalent of a person punching a wall. Why such a focus on rank? The main reason is to avoid combat. Older white however. we have distinct social behaviors in com- cataloged white sharks at havior often takes place after a shark repeatedly decoy: the shark holds its head above the surface while rhythmically opening and closing its jaws. White sharks rush their quarry from directly below. is a the trade-ofli" between camouflage and social signal- strained structure of a clan And one shark follows another. and competition among them for hunting sites and prey is intense. splashes at another by thrashing shark its tail. Once rank established. two white sharks often swim side by side. But since white sharks are such powerful. the less hkely it will end in the shark's favor. We have discovered. white sharks arrive and depart year after year in stable "clans" of two to six individuals. of diSerent clans meet. possibly to compare their relative sizes. pectoral fms. about eleven feet long. though and sex also play a role. safely ing shark does not initial strike. suggested the behavior might be a socially nonprovocative Even lichen grasped between a white shark's a Cape fur seal bites and claws it attacker. but trailing edge. kill its lethal jaws. And if so. or avoiding a meet- And rank has its perks. established residents over newer arrivals. the white sharks at Seal Island reduce competition by spacing themselves while hunting. Complex social behaviors sharks. as was the case with Sneaky and Couz. if they meet. Large sharks dominate over smaller ones. When members lish social and each clan has an alpha leader. As many as twenty-eight white sharks gather at Seal Island each day during the winter sealhunting season. or even foUow as if to let the a would- cover has been blown. Virginia. white sharks turn to socializing. attack continues. heavily armed predators. sharks. Even when grasped between a white shark's teeth. seals may leap in a zigzag pattern or even ride the pressure wave along a shark's away from flank. the subordi- is nate shark acts submissively toward the dominant —giving way shark ing altogether. In 1996 Wesley R. they may also physical they get along peacefully enough. teeth.their rear flippers in the air. wolf pack: each member has NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 the social a clearly more among white may be important when visible to their prey. for instance. For example. the shark's two-pronged make the sharks tions to that of a fact. and females over males. they may also parade past each other in opposite directions or fol- low each other One in a circle. they estab- rank nonviolently through any of a fasci- nating variety of interactions. hunt farther from the Launch Pad and enjoy much higher success rates than youngsters Female white shark. flashed during certain social interactions. but are tips Seal Island. attacks a seal decoy off Simon's Town.

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Clearly. their movement patterns. rine ecosystem. teeth.do. She almost always claims her mark. bull rays. they notice the smallest change in their environment. there's a flourishing and lucrative black market in white- shark jaws. however. unscarred sharks are the animals can uniformly timid in their in- sands of miles a year. Khmley 48 of a person interrupted by the victim's brave companions. Deaths do cized. too. and the resulting wounds are relatively minor compared with the wounds inflicted on prey. even though such trade is illegal under international law. As September approaches. the shark's investigation we Rasta (for her extremely mellow disposition to- ward people and not to eat them but to a white shark actually we are not suggests that. high- levels of fishing. Our view is diflierent: we believe that white sharks probably bite people Next May we. ly scarred individuals are al- In recent studies. Young seat that survived a white-shark attack makes its way on Seal Island. trial-and-error learning. and we cannot predict what the white sharks of Seal Island will have in store for us. to sharks are so skittish that they flinch — — Such long-distance swimming may take white through the territorial waters sharks of several nations. stronger. sharks are also consistent in such traits as their angle and direction of approach to an object of interest. In addition. and cages. South Africa. people are simply too muscular to constitute a worthwhile meal. Such and gums. electronic when they make tags attached to individual white sharks and monitored by satellites have shown that ways fearless of our "tactile explorations" vessel. though much-publi- on people. and fins. Western Australia. which and more sensitive than slow lane makes their teeth a life in the are remarkably dexterous the white shark extremely much vulnerable to even moderate their skin. The attacks on people are slow and deliberate. are also learning that white sharks are highly curious creatures that systematically escalate their explo- White between sharks take nine and sixteen years to reach from the visual to the maturity. In fact. and hunt them to reduce their populations near swimming and surfing beaches. and of their habitat their role in the their social lives is ma- critical to the species' survival. NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 strategies from energy maxiiTuzation to numbers maximization. she can precisely anticipate a seal's ly is Fortuusual- For all the fear white sharks inspire. Intriguingly. bear no resemblance to shark attacks on prey. In addition to hunting style and degree of timidity. vestigations. Yet a better understanding needs. . Soon most ing season of them will depart. People kill them for sport and trophies. over the years we have observed remarkable consistency in the personalities of individual sharks. which but there are very few veri- Ex- mouth. remaining abroad until their reThe Cape fur seal pups that have turn next May.420 miles in just nine months. mak- ing the sharks hard to protect (not to mention hard to study). they do so from a greater distance. When such sharks resume their investigations. Some white dividual and veer away when discussion of white sharks must acknowltheir occasional. and back a round trip of 12. wiser catch. on and smaller consumed on their menu. By swim thou- contrast. will return. most white sharks give call up if a seal escapes. they nip and birth to just rations nibble to investigate with two to ten pups every two or three years. Certain white sharks at Seal Island that predatory ly own tactics all their employ catch their seals near- 80 percent of the time. and females give tactile. "attacks" occur from blood loss. bvit a large female and movements. D fied cases in a person. the white sharks' huntat Seal Island draws to a close. The vast majority of them. bigger. lines. Typically. and seems to have honed her hunting skills to a sharp edge through boats) is a relentless pursuer. it is ironic that people probably pose the single greatest threat to white sharks. they seasonally switch feeding marine mammals. Any edge One inswam from Mossel Bay. About 85 percent of the victims survive. But fieldwork always has its surprises. For example. We satisfy their curiosity. nately. In effect. compared with blubbery sharks. —and The handful of white thus much harder to sharks that remain in False Bay year-round probably fishes such feeding shift to as yellowtail tuna. survived this long have become experienced in the They are deadly dance between predator and prey.

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when Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer received a sent arrived — him was impossible a coelacanth. was busy trying to put together a dinosaur skeleton she had excavated. the new species was named Latimeria chalunmae. and other familiar creatures lying out in the heat of the sun. It was five feet long and a pale mauve-blue with iridescent markings. and T that make up the genetic code. But it was a coelacanth. Paleontologists thought the had been extinct for more than 65 milhon years.B. They and many other lifeforms also carry gene fragments that offer similar windows tures that — into the past represented here by the base pairs A. she surveyed a stinking pUe of sharks. Carroll magnificent early Christmas pre- er. Traces of lifestyles still By Sean B. 50 NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 brain kept teUing one morning in December 1938. a local trawl- fish might have some nay-Latimer. the fish for first her collection. Courtenay-Latimer thought differently. She managed to persuade a taxi driver to put the 127-pound hulk into his car and haul it back to the museum. Siruth. Its director promptly dismissed her prize as nothing more than a rock cod. discovery. she seldom got such calls. Courte- full-time curator of the East London Natural History Museum. a himdred miles away. sponges.. but they can be "excavated" from living genomes and studied for — clues to the evolutionary past. She was about to return to the museum when it caught her eye: "the most beautiful fish I had ever seen." The fish was also unlike any other she had ever seen. When Smith studied Courtenay-Latimer's description and sketch of the fish. on the eastern South Africa. .. was message: the Nerine.Broken Pieces of Yesterday s Life abandoned millions of years ago are decipherable in 'fossil genes" retained in modern DNA. Those gene fragments dubbed "fossil genes " no longer code for proteins. a — that this fish member of a group of fishes with paired fms thought to be closely related to the first four-legged vertebrates. Boarding the trawler. Ultimately. he was unsettled by a possibility that his coast of Coetacanths have lived in the oceans for hundreds of millions of years and provide a vi/indow into the lives of other crea- became extinct long ago. . C. a chemistry lecturer and amateur ichthyologist at Rhodes University. She recruited a second opinion fromJ. in honor of And in the decades since the many more coelacanths have been Courtenay-Latimer.L. It had four limblike fins and a strange puppydog tail. so she put her work aside and went down to the dock. Still. G.

DNA are they can provide hnks to former. as a rule. For that. Yet today. Fossil genes are dif- ing link to an ancient tribe of fishes that the oceans 360 niilHon years ago. the genes can "relax". and so coding genes. a swam ferent. In Hving creatures. Be- cripple or even coding gene. are has cause They show the effects of wear and tear as they much the same way ordinary fossils do in sedimentary rock. they ered a valuable Excavating yesterday's decaying non- . break apart and erode away over time. served random mutations can quickly disable a he coelacanth holds a special place in natural history. geneticists have begun to recognize that they. Instead. including the coelacanth. ways of Hfe — that date back millions of The fossilized sequences are embedded in a genome made up of thousands of ordinary. random mutations no longer affect the or- — ganism positively or negatively. natural selection tends to weed out mutations in them. Yet precisely be- no longer used. The animal is the only hv- Such lUuniinating most fortunate scientists get to experience the kind of excitement Courtenay-Latimer and Smith must have felt. too. genes that contribute to the organism's survival. because of some past change in Lifestyle of the organism that carried them. making functional proteins: genes were initially but geneticists are now dismissed as recognizing extraordinary records of genetic history thus. coding years. No longer are they subject to the dis- cipHne of natural selection. now vanished ways of hfe.— dredged up from their deep-sea habitats. but no longer. as they come face to face with an altogether different kind of Hving fossil. When coding DNA sequences had at one time been func- geneticists realized that certain knew that they had discovnew window on the past. been dubbed it a "living fossU. The reason fossil genes are not conserved is that. the genes no longer matter to survival. The very existence of fossil genes proclaims one of the cardinal rules of genetic evolution: use it cause such fragments of or lose it." finds are so rare that only the living a golden moment. including second species discovered near Indonesia in 1998. tional genes. that once. there are sequences of DNA blueprints for as "fossil genes. are rigorously conserved." Fossil "junk" them and as DNA.

"violet" opsin detects the corresponding color. The violet opsin gene in dolphins and whales has also become nonfunctional. Another gene. In people. which in people is a chemical derivative of vitamin A. though it is stUl identifiable from its fragments. by night it cruises slowly over the ocean floor to feed. has become a fossil. off the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean near Mozambique. The change from a C to a T may seem small. great apes. The loss of a gene raises several general questions: How and why is a gene so useful to some species lost in others? Why is a good gene ever allowed to decay? Are fossil genes a rare kind of mistake that deletions that will erode they erase it occurs only in weird animals such as coelacanths? The answer to the last question is. could explain The why and whales that their violet opsins are fossiUzed? best explanation comes from considering Dolphins and whales belong to the only order of mammals that is fully aquatic and lacks the potential for any form of color vision. gives further insight into gene loss. Because most vertebrates have at least one kind of green or red opsin. squirrels. and so it. the green-red opsin gene was lost. of ancestral species. in the ultraviolet range. it. Hu- in mans. In fact. In particular. One leading theory about the deficiencies of color vision in nonprimate mammals is that because the earhest mammals were nocturnal. birds. and yellow. natural se- and evolution. the letters TGA are a "stop" code. Deletions and changes throughout the sequence of bases that make up the gene code for violet opsin. as I noted earlier. Ecologically. 300 feet deep or more. code for the violet opsin gene are recognizable in its genome. Certainly not. and reptiles have four or opsins — sion. — — have only cats. only dim. genes. The coelacanth also lives deep in the oceans where. however. Other land mam- it '' a the coelacanth the once-functional gene fossil canth in gene into violet opsin other disruptions. and the like two opsins and hmited color vision. dim Light. Is there anything common to animals as dis- similar as coelacanths. have he coelacanth carries own its extinct which offer good examples of why and how genes become fossilized. from violet through blue. and because it is became a it wUl not functional. Curiously. both a visual pigment which enable them to see in people and coelacanths possess called rhodopsin. as well as October 2006 many keys have three opsins. only fragments of the enables various other species to see For example. the coelacanth has TGA. untU eventually from the coelacanth's DNA forever. Sometime during coelacanth evolution. But full color vision is by no means a unique advance of Old World primates. and so one can examine how more recent . the violet opsin was lost because it became their ecology. dogs. the three groups of animals apparently have no use for color vision their survival no longer depends on it. Happily. but in this case it is a whopper. continue to accumulate additional mutations and it further. many fishes. and. Yet even during the day. is still around today. and Old World mon- more other species have the three bases CGA in DNA letters TGA. The pigments are made up of proteins called opsins and a small molecule called a chromophore. when the cell machinery for mak- 52 a functional canth. the coelacanth no genes for opsins sensitive to hght at ei- has ther medium (green) or long (red) wavelengths. made what was clearly.DNA from living. dolphins. In the coela- severely disrupted the at nonfunctional sequence: in which provide full color vision across the spectrum. he capacity for color vision has evolved many ways among many animals. Undersea explorers seeking its to observe the coela- native habitat discovered that it retreats by day into underwater caves. blue Ught penetrates to those depths. and so biologists and geneti- have taken a special interest in the coelacanth's cists visual system. and the general idea that gene fossilization is linked to shifts in hfestyle. just as its green-red opsin gene was erased. fabulous color vi- compared with most other vertebrates. which codes for an opsin that is sensitive to light at short wavelengths (violet). — — dispensable to their evolutionary ancestors. one kind of evidence for testing that theory. and on to red. too. the ancestors of the coelacanth must also have had at least one "green-red" opsm gene. With all of the other wavelengths filtered out. All species that can detect visible hght produce pigments in their retinas. consequently. and in waters around South Africa. where the mouse and The one time. ignoring the rest ! gene. ing the opsin protein comes to the NATURAL HISTORY And mals it simply stops. full color vision was largely dispensable. only dim blue Ught can reach. green. working genomes gives biologists insights into the Uves lection. stop code. nonprimate mammals have fewer opsin genes and relatively poor color vision. A nocturnal lifestyle has evolved repeatedly and independently in mammals. of the sequence of bases in the gene for making the violet opsin. though. In the language of DNA.

identify mates and offspring. to detect the light received its species. the whale. and the ancestor became blind to a fossil opsin violet. the so-called olfactory receptor genes are mammal genomes. close of the species do have Those facts demonstrate that relatives functional violet opsins. Its decay. — — markedly different species evolved. among it And sure accumulated mu- gene has nonfunctional. the animal's evolutionary history carries gene leads to Thus tioning. including the deletion of five base pairs (middle row). red. the opsin gene for violet vision accumulated mutations. Mice October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 53 . all highly selective. Nevertheless. however. intensity. The mole skin. they found. no longer monkey. and detect danger. Biologists it of fur. with The ov/l monkey. Furthermore. In gene the largest family of genes in a fossil. other kinds circadian clock and regulate intact opsin genes: the green-red opsin that at and so the blind who examined the bhnd mole rat found two gene —overwhelming support the fundamental prediction that relaxed selection daily biorhythms. its for instance. Because base pairs are "read" in groups of three. the lost pairs disrupted the gene's code. the owl — in the mon- and the blind mole rat the fossilization of the violet opsin gene is correlated with habitat. to quite different branches of the evolutionary tree. the park with a dog is usually enough One walk in to persuade anyone that the dog's "view" of the world is shaped by its acute sense of smell. Furthermore. violet opsin tations that render is that the shift to the nocturnal lifestyle led to relaxed selection on in all the species I have mentioned — coelacanth. Hence despite the mole rat's atrophied vi- sion. or sequence of DNA base pairs. A dog's nose can find food. ly is for of opsins are intact and functhat the decay of genes numerous mutations that disrupt the code for making the violet opsin protein. the time of day. selection continues to control mutations in the two opsin genes. in other words. Yet a the violet opsin gene. matters to the survival of the owl What about animals that go underground? The bhnd mole rat has the most degenerated eyes of any independent. the second encodes dopsin. Moreover. the relatives of the owl monkey dayhght have an intact violet observations are pretty all by opsin gene. Possessing the gene the record suggests that rodents fossil evolved from an aboveground ancestor that could see. The mutations that disable the gene in the various species are not the same. the ries various times in which demonstrates the eyes help tuned. is encodes a toward the first through the subcua dim-light rho- taneous eye. Those two that are active good evidence Thus lifestyles. turnal species enough. unrelated mutations have repeatedly mammal. in is on those nd what about people? What might we have lost along the evolutionary way? Well. the animal maintain its a layer can detect light fossilized the violet opsin fact. As an ancestor of dolphins began to evolve an aquatic lifestyle. Then in 1991. sensitivity to violet light no longer mattered for its survival. the molecular biologists Linda B. car- is vital to animal behavior and survival. modern dolphins still carry the disrupted DNA sequence gene for violet vision in their genome (bottom row).Intact gene sequence \ ^^ ^ Loss of base pairs B gene sequence Fossilized BB gene Fossilization of the opsin years ago the PB liB cow and for v/o/et-sensitiVe vision the dolphin shared a common is Bl depicted n g EB9 in the diagram. the only noc- the higher primates. or shifted. buried under the and covered by retinas mole rat's rat can tell its Still. apparently biological clock. which to maintain the animal's violet opsin gene. Buck and Richard Axel discovered a fami- of genes that encoded odorant receptors. the dolphin. working at Columbia University. eyes are small. and the species themselves belong key. consider the sense of smell. But for a long time it was a mystery how animals detect and discriminate odors. which enabled it to see the color violet (part of the gene is shown in the top row). Millions of ancestor that carried an intact gene.

In inice.400 of them in a 8 percent of ol- But in Old World monkeys. are About half of silized. lemurs. and his fellow geneticists at the stitute for among Color perception varies greatly Germany. which genes. and Old World monkeys. animals and often correlates with environment. sensors respond to input colors across the range visible to humans.000 discovered the basis for the of olfaction: Each sensory neuron in one of the olfactory system generally produces just the many olfactory receptor proteins. Planck In- Leipzig. Buck and Axel also specificity genome of 20. in people. The extraordinary proportion of fossilized olfactory receptor genes suggests longer rely on our gree our ancestors once did. surveyed the olfactory New World monkeys. and compared them with the olfactory genes of the mouse. we no sense of smell to the de- Two questions Why have we abandoned the use of such a large fraction of our odor receptors? And when did the loss take place? Clues to the answers emerge from studying the fraction of fossilized odor receptors in other primates lad. Yoav Gi- the University of Chicago. In nonthe chimpanzee. whereas the mouse has more than 180 in good working order. the proportion reaches 33 percent. People and other Old World primates have trichromatic vision: the color bar above the photograph at top left shows roughly what they see bar to red at the Max Evolutionary Anthropology in on In short. the go- vision. —reduced laxed selection their reliance on the on smell. and detect danger with visual cues it. identify mates. which have fUl color colors. No question: our repertoire of olfactory re- ceptor genes has gone to pot. It matic vision in primates —which enables them to find food. eyes of the blind mole their left). underground. monochromats. which rat are is is the investigators noted that two a speculative reconstruction of violet-to-red (above mal can distinguish external above all as the domestic cat see in which range of input lives photographs show how fur.— r compared great detail. have about 1. Finally. now at and mammals. Re- olfactory receptor genes in . The them are fos- contrast be- tween people and other mammals is most striking of receptors encoded by the so-called Vh genes. Yet the for a class human genome includes nearly 200 fossilized VI genes. been studied some 50 percent of the genes were fossilized. the proportion receptor genes ani- rises to human apes such as the bars monochromatic rilla. lemurs. but the The gray tones efficiently their in of fossiUzed olfactory 29 percent. and the orangutan. airborne chemical is perceived as a How The human 54 NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 a given scent depends the combinarion of receptors that detect olfactory genes have also have fuU color vision. and the nocturnal. and mouse they to those of the nothing to brag about. the fraction of fossil olfactory receptor genes is in all species with full seems that the evolution of trichro- significantly higher in color vision. and Ne'w World monkeys almost all of which lack full color vision genes of apes. People have only four functional VI r genes. right. Almost other land The color bar above the cat the colors it sees for the same Both the blind mole rat owl monkey (above right). are light intensity. The covered with skin and 1 factory receptor genes are fossilized. spring to mind. for input colors from violet at the left of the mammals such colors.

people carry around the genetic vestiges of an ol- has about 4. By percent of the genes are fossilized in the closely related bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (above right. The of genetic archaeology and paleon- tology will keep hauling up unexpected things fi-om functions will not return. ferent groups of animals genes accumulate multiple defects. lepgenome carries about 1 .trichromatic species has allowed the genes' codes to on decay. is beingpublishcd this month Inc. rae about 1. It is also the known est-growing bacterium of all slow- bacterial it takes about two weeks to divide. that build metabolic pathways. The example demonstrates that a large fraction of aU The patterns of gain and loss are exactly what one it the genes in an organism's when pensable The genome can become dis- bfestyle shifts. or would expect if natural selection acts only in the present. the recurrence of gene fossUization in entirely dif- of genes has important consequences for the evolution of an organism's descendants. Since the host-ceO genes do so much of tors did. Many of the genes in false of the leprosy bacterium are thought to have would otherwise have to carry out on its fossilized because the organism relies more on its host than its ancesown. think that gists that ever existed are now extinct. without planning for the future. their inactivation when cannot readily be reversed. the of the bacterium Mypathogen that causes Gene sequencing has shown that the M. M. higher. lost even genes will not be available to new circumstances. The downside is very slowly. What explains two bacteria? the answer comes down to the vast disparity between the Once again. selection same events new is relaxed is striking evidence that. fossil genes than that of any other leprae is closely related to sponsible for tuberculosis is a fossilization of "design" or intent species. leprae's abled it specialized to rely on its Leprosy-causing bacteria (shown above lot of fossil genes contrast. leprae genes. the one we have today. The one-way loss may be an important factor in the success This article was adapted from Sean Carroll's forthcoming book.) species: M. M. leprae has fossilized in the course of its or lost some 2. which can divide every twenty minutes. Because decaying an absolute rule imposed by the fact that surveillance by natural selection acts the depths of the past. Conversely. lifestyle: leprae's is very different firom that of its cousin. of a is stripped-down version of its former self. the work. Compar- ing the genomes of the two species shows that M.600 flinctional genes and leprosy. only mode of Hving has enmany functions —about 40 percent of about 1 /eft in false color) all lug around a the genes they carry. only in the present. the fraction genes much is of intact olfactory Keep in mind that biolomore than 99 percent of all species or extinction of species. the species repulmonary tuberculosis. tuberculosis. those genes have decayed on a massive scale. October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 55 . despite decades of effort. Both micrographs are magnified 6. it has never been grown on own its in the laboratory. The leprosy bacterium can Uve only within cells of its host. in fact. he process of gene n organism flinctional that has lost great swaths DNA is cohacterium leprae. Such a history of trial and error is hardly evidence of design. not the way an engineer or a designer would. Similarly. But M. DNA and the Ultimate Foren- which WW Norton & Company. broken genes that are vestiges of its ancestry. "Use fliture. providing answers about which directions life D has taken.100 genes fossil — a far greater proportion of known species. So the tions is generally a one-way loss of gene fiinc- —once gone. The Making of the adapt to the sic of genes by Fittest: Record of Evolution. in animals that rely heavily their sense of smell. (Compare that with the E.000 genes evolution. As a refactory system that was once much more acute than sult. street the it or lose it" is Furthermore. the that if circumstances change. M. carrying around more than a thousand useless. The and loss powerful argument against the idea in the origin leprosy bacterium.000X. also host for color). coli in the human gut. its fossilization sets of genes even larger groups of individual genes. natural selection has relaxed its control on maintaining many M. for instance. on a particular trait. flinctional genes and only about six fossil genes. and why.000 intact. Natural selection cannot preserve what is not being and it cannot plan for the used. the will repeat themselves in disciplines DNA.

which ] Insect-trapping pitcher of Nepenthes bicalcarata. he wrote. but the water contained in the pitchers (about half a pint in each) was fuU of insects and other- wise uninviting. yet independent win's theory. Carnivorous plants often grow in impoverished ^^^HHteii^Bt'fPP^'^^^^^^^^l^^ ^^^^^^O terrain. about six inches from base to top. in what had: as "We we were is peninsular Malaysia. in vain. en- trap their prey in sticky "flypaper" Others. the "primed" by pumping water out. an Old World pitchthe benefit of passing hikers. it very quenched our all Alfred Russel Wal- four years later would formulate his own theory of evolution by natural selection. "Snap!" by [see Adam Summers. si- Charles Dar- the pitchers that slaked his Mount Ophir were not there for They were the insect traps of a remarkable carnivore. have traps that spring shut. On tasting it. bicalcarata and feed at nectar glands in the two fanglike thorns overhanging each pitcher's opening. suck their victims from the water with bladder-shaped traps are "fired" vacuum traps. looked about for exceedingly it thirsty.drown tactic for capturing Prey's-eye view from inside an N. and we from these natural jugs. almost multaneous with.and. er plant of the genus Nepenthes. thirst The parched Welshman was lace. and when prey inadvertendy brush trigger hairs. roughly 600 plant species capture ani- mals for food. By one means or another. |Hn^^B '^HHPH' V^^^H thirst that Of course.Life and Death in a Pitcher Carnivorous plants that seem to employ a simple dunk. rafflesiana pitcher in prey turn out to have more up Borneo their leaves. palatable. The bladderworts. pitchers 56 NATURAL HISTORY October 2006 are predominantly aquatic. who we found however. though. such as the Venus flytrap on their leaves. . and digesting prey augments the nu- trients the roots obtain from the soil. By Jonathan Moran ^P2^K In the ist on summer of 1854 stopped for a rest young Welsh a natural- expedition to southeast Asia a collecting slopes of Mount on the rocky now The Welshman and his guides had been assured that water would be available nearby. Yet none was to be Ophir." September 2006] and butterworts. though rather warm. day on of. Some. Ants of the species Camponotus schmitzi (not shown) nest only inside the enlarged tendrils that support N." At we turned last to the pitcher-plants. Capturing and kilhng animals is a role-reversal that might seem unusual for members of the plant kingdom. such ural as sundews [see "Tlie NatMoment. awaits a meal in Borneo.June 2005 and the waterwheel plant.

But in recent years investigators have learned that the plants in the genus display a wide range of feeding strategies. the upper portion of the inner wall is covered with to the inner wall ly a fatal mistake. by their fragrance. and lure the visitors into ever more dangerous territory. than terrestrial ones. is usualmost Nepenthes species. of which more than twenty occur there alone. As the plant continues growing. has confirmed that their diets ex- tend beyond the animal kingdom material. the aerial form. however. my own research. Their traps are elongate. from which capture their prey in deep there is usually no escape. all members of the genus Nepenthes. The Nepenthaceae of Old World are unrelated. from Madagascar in the west to northern Australia and New Caledonia in the east [see range map at top of next page]. Their pitchers are jug-shaped. Aficionados of the genus once assumed that all Nepenthes were passive generalists that rely only — — on nectar to capture the most basic enticement any hapless insect that stumbles into a pitcher. with two conspicuous. at least in one species. In October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 57 . with an opening typically shaded by an overhanging lid. tubular leaves from the soil. The largest such glands. its uppermost leaves bear a second kind of pitcher. More than eighty species are known. The plant's prey and they do not have wings. But the center of their diversity is the island of Borneo. In color. but they also engage in a range of nonfatal relationships with them. symbiotic and otherwise. they feed at nectar glands on the outside of the pitcher. all are familiar members of the with New family Sar- raceniaceae. too. they vary from pale green to bright red to almost black. some of which are exquisitely fme-tuned for trapping specific prey. The pitchers are about four inches long. of the pitcher. a seedling gener- number of pitchers that rest on the ground. That. parallel. Those terrestrial traps are generally urn-shaped. or mouth of the pitcher. — usually small invertebrates by the color of the pitchers and. Aerial pitchers tend to be more elongated Vine of the pitcher plant N. are concentrated around the peristome. Nepenthes species have a broader repertoire than most to include plant carnivorous plants: not only do they consume ani- mals. it has now become clear that not all their prey are animals.— Pitcher plants take a more minimalist approach: they pitfall traps. from the tendril to the pitcher mouth. Many North Americans World pitcher plants. that rise directly the and a couple cade or of new species are discovered every de- They grow throughout so. And when they do deal with animals. Depending on the Neare attracted may or may not proThe unwitting visitor that loses its grip may become prey if it faOs into the pitcher. The reasons for all now coming that diversity are to light. the Asian tropics. For example. Or the visitor may venture over the peristome and on- penthes species. in which I measure the ratios of nitrogen isotopes in the tissues of various Nepenthes species. home to thirty-one species of Nepenthes. leafy "wings" running the full length of the pitcher. Once the unsuspecting animals arrive. landing in a pool of Hquid secreted by the plant. First. Furthermore. Nepenthes pitcher plants all develop the ates a same according to basic pattern. Each pitcher forms at the end of a tendril that grows from the tip of a leaf The traps of the various species of Nepenthes exhibit a striking diversity. gracilis grows on a Cicada tree (Ploiarium alternifolium) in Brunei. the peristome vide firm footing. They vary from an inch to a foot in height and range in Uquid capacity from a teaspoon to more than a pint. Nepenthes are chmbers that need adjacent plants for support.

ofiering their prey the most basic enticement: sugary nectar. also frequent victims. which cause the prey their affinity for nectar makes easy targets. the most common prey. several years studying it is its also spent I biology. fragrance. level. iddnfesian archipelago the relatively simple to the outright bizarre. lowland scrub from Thailand across the In- New Caledonia donesian archipelago to the island of Sulawesi. N. N and its coloration makes a strong con- trast to adjacent parts of the pitcher. ^'''^^- rafflesiana give ofFa sweet fragrance many insects. So Incomes as no surprise that the structural diversity it Brunei *r>Moijnt Kinabalu NewGuinea Equalnr of Nepenthes pitchers matched by is of a diversity They range from strategies for capturing nutrients. f V V. Its pitchers are at least traviolet wavelengths. pale green. slide into the liquid making terlogged. features a color patattract pollinating the same has leafy "wings " running up exterior. .^ gracilis traps and only two to are narrow. captures ants but few pollinators. accordingly. trial" pitchers that N. " to bite through and small wasps the pitcher wall. ble. to iPKr^/^'i t^. all terrestrial pitchers do. Beetles. An becomes waor even crawUng impossi- the prey quickly — t to below. rafflesiana. giant variety of tern &'. raf- with enough power to do so before they drown. the visual and the olfactory. li|v from "terres- grow at ground and fragrance that insects. reflects green and blue. A terrestrial pitcher from > plant. The liquid about as acidic as Pepsi and full of enthat break are pitchers in coastal of N. Both kinds gent evolution: Hke flowers. Once in the liquid. Australia sunny. flight The only chance of escape observer watching ants forage down proteins — slowly digests the Nitrogen-rich compounds that digestion re- i^ LlJ^1^ ^^m^mi^ mm^ls^^y-^ twice the size of those form from Brunei pro- a rare gracilis (in fact. rafflesiana is much broader than that of gracilis. and. because attractive to ^C 'i^m^- gracilis flesiana.leases from the prey absorbed by glands carcass are in the pitcher wall. • differ aerial pitcher of a rare. them microscopic waxy scales. its It lacks the aerial pitchers' distinctive pattern and fragrance. They work by four inches long. far ft left.. Operating Sulawesi at the simple end of the spectrum are species such as N. Ants are Range of Nepenthes pitcher plants is depicted in orange. pitchers lure insects via color. duces pitchers a foot in length). and absorbs ul- number of insects N It which a large are visually sensi- In addition. PACIFIC OCEAN the natural world form follows function. the aerial pitchers of tive. patterned in colors from yellow to scarlet "' itl at Borneo could hardly fail to notice another Nepenthes species growing there. which is common in open. N. prey.-' and grow from Nepenthes' "Aerial" pitchers that upper leaves usually An NATURAL HISTORY pho- of lures. but few species have mouthparts zymes » is flies. The peristome of N. rafflesiana is a phisticated carnivore than my its smaller relative. N. >* gracilis. as October 2006 left. and they are boldly tographs on this page]. .. are compeUing examples of conver- Ri^ 'mm {see much more so- personal favorite.-' 58 N.

comparing the nitrogen-isotope of By ratios in the leaves N albomarginata with the ratios in the leaves of the ant-eating pitcher plant N. grow Most lowland Nepenthes small number tend species live in sunny habitats. pitcher and feed the many plant. or nonradioactive. immediately under the peristome [see lower photograph on this page]. to The — the attractant is the distinctive band of termites normally feed N. explained how the plant attracts the termites and traps them. the flesiana trap beetles. Because Hospitalitermes termites are vegetarians. third species occasionally gracilis and N. rafflcsiana to catch a broader spectrum of prey than A its neighbor. Both isotopes are fixed firom the atmosphere by soil micro- organisms. with their differing collections of attractants. which incorporate the nitrogen in their tissues. at James Cook University in Queensland. iso- nitrogen-14 and nitrogen-15. Both the pitchers trap ants. Dennis J. Nectar glands on the peristome make little or no nectar. albomarginata. and Marlis A. rajah is the largest of all Nepenthes The species grows only on two mountains pitchers. instead. gracilis. Clarke. two stable. Planteating animals subsequently accumulate the nitrogen in their bodies. and I noted that N. along with two oth- er colleagues. The cream-colored band just below and Termites of the genus Hospitalitermes outside the pitcher's rim attracts the termites by mimicldng the lichen they eat. and the terres- The two forms of pitcher. as exists as known as stable-nitrogen-isotope analysis. enable N. alhomarginata may be grows alongside N. At- by chemical cues. an ecologist now Terrestrial pitcher of N. and I. The most to common October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 59 . where they are digested.nectar. aerial of N. June 2006]. but the pendently [see two structures evolved quite inde- "Origins of Floral Diversity. swarm on a pitcher of N. but a beneath the forest canopy." by Amy Litt. albomarginata and Hospitalitermes termites via a process known Nitrogen topes. Merbach. alhomarginata preys predominantly on termites of the genus Hospitalitermes. indeed get we confirmed much of its ni- trogen from termites. whose diet includes animal matter. perhaps foraging termites feed on this on Uchens. a husband-and-wife team of botanists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. Large numbers of them inevitably tumble into the pitchers. albomarginata have cream-colored band of hairy-looking tissue on their outside surface. In the late 1980s. N. that N. They have aerial a no need tissue. N. Each time the nitrogen is consumed by another organism fiirther up the food chain. Clarke. and moths. As one might expect. Marlis Merbach. the lowlands of Bor- the most specialized insect predator in the family Nepenthaceae. inevitably. the band. rafflesiana in neo. the ratio of nitrogen-15 to nitrogen-14 that collects in the tissues increases. Both the and terrestrial pitchers of N. trial aerial pitchers many pollinating insects. A decade later. then absorbed through the roots of plants. termites tumble into the open. which hirsute band. Australia. albomarginata does rafflesiana. later confirmed the association between N. Charles M. in Borneo. raf- including bees. the nitrogen in their tissues is a good deal less rich in nitrogen-15 than the nitrogen in the tissues of ants. albomarginata mimics with its tracted to the pitchers.

and the terrestrial pitchers often form conspicuous mats several feet wide on the forThailand to Their structure is odd. The nectar glands are small and unproductive. ampullaria deploys ers to intercept that rain reaches the forest floor. as well as a higher overall nitrogen concentration in their sues. had lower nitrogentio 15 levels than did the plants from open areas. waxy layer on the inner wall of each pitcher is abcrucial part of the trap. ampullaria grows primarily in tropical heath them. an ecosystem. small squirrel- on invertebrates and sweet Several observers have seen tree shrews scur- rying on and around the pitchers of N. tis- Thus. Another Nepenthes with strange dietary habits lowii. What's going on here? N. ampullaria pitchers.a forest species is N. one would think sent. N. and the slippery. Such observations are purely circumstantial evidence. eight to ten inches high. ampullaria has evolved to fill its nutritional needs. A structure that developed to obtain nutrients from animal prey has now evolved further to get the nutrients from vegetable matter. he often discovered a large amount of another bountifril source of nitrogen: feces. ftin- nel-shaped mouth. and the hke. a biologist I.) highlighting worth It is how forest- dwelling N. lowii. each with a flaring. ampullaria not only traps. we compared the ra- of nitrogen-15 to nitrogen-14 in leaves of plants growing in forests with that of plants from open areas. the forest plants. per- haps drawn there by the plant's sugary offering. at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. — — above and — excised leaves. them with What is clear is stable- that the . It bears distinctive pitchers. ampullaria. material. (The Nepenthes growing in open ar- eas get all their nitrogen from whatever managed insects they to trap. however. spread in a mat about and other debris that fall unique among Nepenthes in deriving some of its nitrogen from plant to catch leaves and a large lid that secretes copious quantities gape open from the canopy. The pitcher lid is vestigial and bends away est floor. Many nutrients. flowers. but also consumes vegetable matter. In overall effect. susits mats of pitchof material even before it pected that N. as toilets? The likely suspects are tree shrews. too. and plants scavenge nitrogen as soon as it becomes available. the mat of pitchers looks like a crowd of gaping mouths waiting for food from above. To confirm our suspicions. which ranges from New Guinea [see photograph below]. Clarke noticed that the pitch- from the pitcher mouth. acidic. a is N highland species that inhabits several mountains in Borneo. so called and poor in because their soUs are sandy. a narrow waist. the limited nutrients are seldom left idle. Sure enough. of a crystalline. Inside forests. The species appears to be a foot wide over the forest floor. Hawkins. In such heath-forest trees grow thick root mats just beneath from the slow but steady rain of organic material from the 60 NATURAL HISTORY soil surface to capture the nutrients October 2006 What most like animal uses pitcher plants animals that feed fruits. Clarke along with Barbara J. N. sugary substance. Even the casual observer would not fail to notice that the species is unusual. It almost never grows aerial pitchers. but Clarke and I hope to solidify nitrogen-isotope analyses. ers rarely trap insects. which enjoyed plenty of manna from above.

a sheltered spot under the
overhanging peristome, they
dismember the carcass and con-

reach

various species of Nepenthes have

diverse appetites:

meat, one
an,

and

is

primarily vegetari-

at least

to prefer

its

most prefer

sume it, dropping small pieces
back into the fluid as they eat.

one other seems

nitrogen predigested.

Clarke hypothesizes that the re-

One

moval of overly large prey mat-

might think that the inNepenthes pitch-

ter prevents bacterial overload,

which evolved primarily to
trap and kill animal prey, would
be a hostile environment in
which to Hve. In fact, nothing
could be fiirther from the truth:
many animal species rely on Ne-

putrefaction of the pitcher con-

penthes pitchers for at least part of

the ants actively hunting live

and despite the
punishing acidity and enzymes,
some of them live there and
nowhere else.

mosquito larvae

side

of

a

er,

tents,

and consequent

pitcher function

a

loss

of

common

enough occurrence. But C.
more than merely

schmitzi does

scavenge. Clarke has observed

their Hfecycles,

fluid,

suming
Crab spider (Misumenops nepenthicola) lives
only in Nepenthes pitchers and makes its

Thirty-three species of inver-

and the living by intercepting
larvae of hoverflies, midges, and
mosquitoes, have been discovered inside the pitchers of N. hicalcarata, a Borneo endemic. Even more
remarkably, N. hicalcarata appears to have a symbiotic relationship with an ant, Camponotus schmitzi.
The tendrils connecting the base of its pitchers to
the leaf are swoUen and hoUow [see lower photograph
on page 55]. The ants hve inside them. Furthermore, the plant provides the ants with sustenance.
Beneath the Hd of each pitcher are two inch-long,
fanglike thorns that project over the mouth.
Botanists once speculated that those thorns might
prevent animals such as primates from stealing prey
tebrates, including mites

in the pitcher

then hauling out and contheir catch.

Swimming

face.

ants are not the
only danger the pitcherdwelling mosquito larvae must
The crab spider Misumenops nepenthicola, which

lives

only in Nepenthes pitchers,

the plants' prey.

It

intercepts

and devours prey

is

a kleptoparasite:

that the pitcher at-

tracts [see photograph at top of this page]

silken safety Hnes, the spider takes

.

Dangling from

up

station

on the

inner wall of the pitcher, waits for prey to enter, and

from the pitchers. The thorns are now known to
house giant nectar glands, at which C. schmitzi
worker ants feed.

What

does N.

and board

it

hicalcarata

get in return for the

One might

provides to the ants?

that the ants protect the plant, perhaps

room

expect

by aggressively

repeUing plant-eating animals. That's just what hap-

pens in the well-known association between certain
species of acacia trees and ants of the genus
Pseudomyrmex. But C. schmitzi ants are not
gressive.

at

aU ag-

And a moment's thought suggests that a sym-

biotic partner that discouraged visits to the pitcher,

would be bad for business.
hicalcarata and its ant partners in their native habitat, and his observations of
the ants' remarkable behavior gives the most probable account of their contributions. Unlike most
at least

by other

Frog/ets of the genus Philautus prepare to hatch from their
eggs in the fluid of an N. bicalcarata pitcher. Whether they
can escape from the pitcher once they hatch is not l(nov/n.

insects,

Clarke has studied N.

other ants, C. schmitzi can swim.
ly enter the pitcher fluid for

as

onds, and haul large prey, such

The

long
as

ants regularas thirty sec-

cockroaches, out

of the fluid and up the pitcher wall.

When

they

then seizes

it

as

it

feeds at the nectar glands. If dis-

turbed, the spider drops into the pitcher's fluid and

remains there until the threat has passed.

It

may

I have watched M. nepenthicola seize and
mosquito larvae in N. rafflesiana pitchers.

casions

Occasionally, larger animals

al-

On several oc-

so enter the fluid for another reason.

make

their

own

eat

use

of Ne/;fn?/)C5 pitchers. Once, while examining a large

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61

N. mfflesiana pitcher,

I

was

startled to discover a hairy

brown mass suspended above the fluid. It turned out
to be two small bats roosting there for the day. I have
also

encountered tree frogs of the genus

Philauttis,

gloves

of N.

ceding page].
is

One of the most intriguing associations

between N.

ainpiillaria

and

terrestrial crabs

of the

genus Geosesarma. Several observers, myself included, have seen the crabs foraging in

and around the

reasons

rajah

some

In

which

the skin of their hands and feet,

records of rats

or rather their eggs, containing tadpoles or froglets,
floating in pitcher fluid [see lower photogmpit on pre-

unknown

indigestible.

is

drowning

There

for

even

are

in the foot-deep pitchers

on Borneo's Mount Kjnabalu.
seasonally dry areas, Nepenthes pitchers

of water for large

are the only perennial source

mammals. I missed witnessing Wallace's encounter,
but

I

have seen wild pigs tear apart N.

rafflesiana

quench their thirst. Various species of
primate sip from pitchers in a manner decidedly more civilized than the pigs'. In fact, the Malay
term for the genus, periok kera, translates to "monpitchers to

key cup."

But what of Nepenthes'
mammals? Given

associations with the
their unusual appear-

"highest"
ance,

it

is

perhaps not surprising that Nepenthes

have spawned their share of folklore. In Brunei, for
instance,

where

I

worked

for several years, local

people maintain that the fluid from
tive properties.
tific

inquiry,

work.

didn't

More

varies

as little

by

I

pitch-

tested the idea.

practical uses include

rice-cookers.

stufled

hot ashes.

When

It

employ-

The

exact

locale. Typically a pitcher

washed out and
left in

you understand

ing the pitchers

method

young

a

human head, has hair-restoraOnce strictly in a spirit of scien-

applied to the

er,

is

with rice, then steamed or
done, the rice is eaten, and

the pitcher discarded.

probably fortunate that Nepenthes species
grow in the lowland rainforests now being
cleared for timber throughout their range. Never-

It

is

rarely

conversion of deforested spaces to agricommercial use may have serious implications for the long-term prospects of some lowland species. In contrast, highland Nepenthes
typically grow in locales that are protected from extheless, the

cultural or

ploitation or are so hard to access that timber extraction

is still

A more

considered impractical.

immediate

threat, particularly to certain

highland species, stems

from

illegal

harvest by

scrupulous collectors. Since the 1970s,
penthes

Whether

Of course,
animal

may

there

fall

is

ing the Victorian

on

be learned.

always a danger that a visiting

prey to a pitcher. Lizards, perhaps

sometimes drowned and dido biologists know that? The Hzards
leave behind two pairs of miniature translucent
in search of a drink, are
gested.

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order, the

as a collector's

item in
dur-

also highly prized

The demand

has fueled a

and beautiful species, such as N. rajah,
which are often smuggled from their home countries, in violation of international law.
Happily, though, many species of Nepenthes continue to thrive in the wild. Should you decide to
follow in Wallace's footsteps and ascend Mount
Ophir (or Gunung Ledang, as it is now known), you
will still fmd Nepenthes there. Just don't forget your
trade in rare

the crabs are feeding

detritus or wetting their gills remains to

a

the West and in Japan.

plant with an unusual nitrogen source.

plants' pitchers.

became widely

genus has had

beneath the lid of an N. lowii pitcher secrete a
sugary substance that attracts tree shrews. Some of the
shrews' feces drop into the pitchers, perhaps feeding the
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The simulation took four days to compute. which killed at least To San Francisco earthquake and to remind the pubHc ot future threats.seismo.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure04/inter netresources. which extends directly un- including wood. At the Southern Cahfornia Earthquake Data Center's site (vi/vw/. The Puente HOls Fault.S.html) shows Chck on works.carle ton.scec. and you'll learn about the when Fort Tejon event. ceramic ^-'^^nijr* & more! Incredibly strong L.html) has some remarkable movies showing the faults. to download them quickly you'll need high-speed Internet access. looks particularly & 00% ominous.ch/GSHAP) to see where the danger Ues. the U.— nature. The resulting earthquake was the most destructive in U.com Engineering (w/ww. and select "Animation of a 7. as if to mark the hundredth anniversary of the disaster. stretch. click to get a feel for —depicted swarms of as vector arrows indicating where the You can Fault that was "locked.usgs.data. the San 857 1 An- dreas Fault slipped along a 220-mile Los AnRiver was reportedly "flung out of its bed. the large red dot at the up- per left.S. propagate over time along fault Hues in several active regions. history. as of this writing. the Earth has continued to wreak havoc: most notably. In the past couple of decades.7 Quake on the San /Vndreas Fault" to see the prolonged ground shaking that is hkely in the L. on the site.edu/teachertech/videos. section devoted to the tour. basin if the San Andreas ruptures near Palm Springs. after the calamity. The site posted by the USGS Earthquake and Volcano Deformation and Stress Triggering Group (quake. Geological Survey has assembled an impressive collection of material on the Internet (earth recall the quake. with a devastating quake in western Iran and several major quakes in Indonesia following the disastrous temblor of October 8.ethz. click Stress By Robert Anderson on the crust is waves of all and amphtudes m tensive of geology list why kinds propagate soft sediments.html). seismic higher at The ex- sites at serc.org) and." to find a Chck on last map ofpast events. Go to the World "Historic Earthquakes in Southern Map Project (world-stress-map. quakes change the 2005. then check out the ani- how quakes Cahfornia. which uses Google Earth software (available at earth. stone. The University of Southern California (veloci- Toughest Glue On|» Los ty. southeast 93 miles to San Program (w/ww/. The Angelenos like me should be concerned by the complex network of faults beneath us.edcenter." Cracks in the ground appeared near San Bernadino and in the San Gabriel Valley. how their modeling and "Stress Triggering Earthquake Probabilities" to get a brief explanation. look at the maps generated by the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment The break began under the Pacific let go. box. wr. geologists mations page showing 80.gov/research/deformation/modeling/ index. 1906.html includes fer many that of- animations of fault motions. which I mentioned earlier. however.edu/UselT/movies. Juan Bautista. New Gorilla Tape sticks to things ordinary tapes simply can't October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 69 L .html) has that illustrate Tile Toil video chps why Rayleigh waves (which move the ground up and down) are so destructive fault. Extra Stick. has video and animations worth viewing. leading to refined assessments of hazards. seis- fault will finally release its stress. Extra Thick.usc. Start with the "Virtual Tour" of that tumultuous 1906 event. which look Uke Planet der downtown * ends hundreds brightly colored rib- of materials bons dissecting the crust. the geles — Robert Anderson writer living in is a freelance science Los Angeles.edu/ ssc/3d/ssc3dproject. org/index. a section of the San Andreas the stress data site.000 people. two rrdles west of San Francisco. suddenly gave way.gov/regional/nca/1906). also Ocean.html) also has simulations of that infamous quake as it A rippled outward from the century mologists still cannot pinpoint when literally a pent-up Computing power. in Pakistan. after you've entered the "WSM poster" on the Early on the morning of April 18. and it left the thriving city of San Francisco a smoldering ruin.sdsc.A.

When you write stories about planetary systems with multiple stars. three-body problem. after which the two remaining objects usu- along roughly the same line of ally settle into a stable orbit. or one of the out of the system. but remain too Every 2049 years the planet's soHtary moon. as of the objects become objects moment most in cases. Raghavan and Generally. increasingly chaotic with the two with list a total as of July included 131 systems. Their the past (or future). As the eighteenth-century mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange and of scientific research articles are usually drier and more enigmatic than Martian dust. in a three-body prob- his collaborators conducted a detailed search for stellar companions among almost all known exo- planetary systems reported 2005. July 13. you don't have to worry about the physics. though. some three-body configurations do give mutual gravitational forces." in NATURAL HISTORY rise "The Five Points of them even if the chances of finding one are slight. In orbits to look for lem. picture system with two or more that in a planet stars — is. A typ- . unleashing cosmic destruction on our solar system? HappOy. Building on the work of several interacting solely through where the three orbiting light. all actly Or maybe you've others have pointed out. Atlanta examine a long-standing question: tems — with How many exoplanetary sys- those outside our solar system at least one confirmed planet have more than one The ly to scientists. Moreover. In "Two Suns. Tatooine. 2003 collaborators at Georgia State University in The planet's inhabhaving never known night. unseen in the perennial dayechpses the sixth sun after the October 2006 of the objects three flies With in a mind." by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Here's the heart of the issue. the laws of planetary and namics place on what One planet and to stable orbits [see Lagrange. bodies is far closer bodies orbit as a fairly stable. burning their civilization to the ground in a desperate effort to bring back the light. essentially binary." Deepak Raghavan and his Jim Unger. go other five have fact. were he watches two suns setting in the dusky sible. no equation can teU you ex(or will be) at every read a short sto- you can count on us astronomers famous puzzles in the history of science. April if one of the three from the other two. in companion of the host. even if two stars appear close to each ry titled "Nightfall. though. a other in the sky. the gravity of the distant body becomes too weak to have much effect. present a vivid example of the so-called stars. they may merely far apart to lie sight. the chances of finding a planet in a multi- survive in multiple-star systems? ple-star system seein Liu sUm to none. collide. set. Out there in the real universe. be gravita- tionaUy bound. The astronomers' goal was to determine whether each near the host star that star appears to be of an exoplanet passage of time.— a OUT THERE pair My Three How many planets By Charles slave of giants buffeting a puny. too. of 155 exoplanets. the and are unstable. either planet tucked into a six-star system. And because such systems are mathematically pos- which the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov envisions a humanlike civilization on a — other astronomers in the past decade. system. 70 itants. star? is of interest not mere- it's long caught the fan- question mad. Remember the cy of nonscientists. Suns What hope is there that the planet can avoid annihilation? Either one swallows star it or the gravity of the two stars shngshots it out of the system altogether. Herman. so the two 2002]. a new star joined our own. At first blush. their two scene in Star Wars in which Luke Sky- sky? dy- stellar strict constraints can and cannot happen. one of the most walker looks across the vast desert landscape of his home planet. After all. Eventually. the paper is not about us. Titles But paper — "Two Suns a recent in the Astrophyskal Joiinml in the Sky" bucks the trend with the blunt force of a summer movie Has title. hapless with their far more powerful grav- itational fields.

tion. they would hardly notice the gravity of the secondary douThen. whether the two people them carrying are holding hands? key Hes measuring the apThe parent motions of the in stars across sky. If two of the people are orbits holding hands as ond will not only look close together but move will also they walk. they measured the distance from our planet to each star in each stellar pair: independent evidence that the stars could be close together. Of the 131 exoplanetary systems they studied. Yet given the stringent lim- on orbital stability in multibody systems. They some kind of light are — all car- flickering candles. to an astronomer.or would occasionally wander — If that — triple-star systerns. for any given pair of nearby lights. a star is moving at a breakneck pace if it takes less than a millennium to travel one degree of arc about the width of your fingernail when you hold your hand at host star.'Irles Liu Is a professor of astrophysics at the cur in the same general three-body City University of New York and an associate configuration: the exoplanet closely with the American Museum October 2006 of Natural Histoiy. All the stars are some of them at always moving. All the binary stars con- firmed by Raghavan and his team oc- Ch. Imagine that the people holding lights are walking around at slightly differing speeds while you take a series of special attention near the constella- four planets. but planets are star. That brings to mind another of science fiction's fanciful ideas. well. modify the stadium analogy a little. includes at least to systems previously identified as such systems. lions arm's length. might be part of a binary-star system. of the exoplanets' host bors. triggered exoplanetary systems are an indica- chance that such "fiction" could be fact might be a tiny bit less farfetched than we all once thought. to many thousands of light-years. halogen searchlights. as carefully pre- pared photographic sky surveys. they look to the unaided eye as if they're standing stock-still. and everything in between — as they move around the stadium. NATURAL HISTORY 71 . have gravitationally slung deadly stones toward our plan- —cosmic et missiles that caused eco- mass extinctions. So Raghavan's study presents puzzle: survived for so lions. on the field as rying the same speed and in the same direction. Raghavan and his colleagues star. speeds of millions of an hour. But they're so many trilof miles from Earth that. it is and For centuries astronomers have that most stars in rule. you might think that long-Hved itations planets near multiple stars should be a rarity. even bilin multiple-star systems? It's own Sun long been imagined that our found that between thirty and thirtysix of them about one in four are far as let's given visible tion Cancer. Now. from our vantage point.ical astronomical image is with filled Even if all ot them lie within our own Milky Way. is a solitary star so the exception. So as a while the sec- ble stars. not the it isn't. all orbiting within about half a billion miles of a primary The second 200 times that distance The miles away! tainly a configuration home to at — 100 biUion cer- is multiple-body one. Raghavan's Imagine a baseball stadium on a dark night packed with tans. and altered the course of life? If the binary configurations of logical destruction. It's just too far away. the crab. known our galaxy are part of Our Sun. stars. faint companion so far away that astronomers haven't yet rec- what ognized double. the exoplanetary system 55 Cancri. with a small. their distance from Earth can range from a few light-years stars. anyone knows. well at one of the star orbits it for it is. flinging them toward the Sun as well as toward Earth. Could such a star. In fact. to verify that both stars in a pair were approximately the same distance from Earth. From the two-dimensional "star field" in your photo. how can you tell. system orbits star in the if the any inhabitants. over the eons. both the planet and the primary star at a much greater distance. a how could so many planets have of years many millions. sounds Uke a high fraction of multistat systems. wherefaint as a typical blue or red supergiant can emit more than a million times the photographs. their lights together team took advantage of and stars their apparent stellar neigh- The team looked that followed the in the stands. for neighbors same path and they paid rrules — made decades apart. the Here's a clue. Sun's energy. move many rrdles away from the stadium and take a photograph of it. For example. Following the same logic. can Stars widely in brightness: also vary a dwarf star can emit less than a milUonth the energy of our Sun. that secretive In its distant secondary star close enough to disrupt the orbits of distant comets and other small solar system objects. orbit.

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but set fifty minutes after sun- by month's end. Daniels endangered Schaus swallowtail closes of Saturn. The shortage of nectar and host resources raised concerns that the butterfly population would not soon or ever — — Yet despite the seemingly continu- months following the made a steady comeback in In the sisted. try to Moon is so bright at the beginning of percent ——87 the occultation is Uluminated be difficult. ous misfortunes. in the constellation Canis Minor. Daniels and Stephanie and degrees west of the bluish. Late Moon about ten degrees to the plan- sistant directorfor research at the at Moon is the one spot the exceedingly thin crescent is The edge of the rings continues tilting slowly toward our line of sight. should set their clocks back one hour. P. is hidden deep in the Sun's glow throughout the month. only similar- thirty degrees ly "star" guess a husband-and-wije team. In just a few months.M. the stars within have collaborated on research ever since. met while working^ on the recovery of the federally hued Procyon. at 1:14 A.M. The Moon further wanes to last quarter on the 13th at 8:26 p. Because the hour and threethe Sun at the start of Jupiter sets about an quarters after October. On this date the "clock hour" from 1 until 2 A. If you that evening. Uke Mercury and Venus. the small island absorbed glancing blows from four major tropical cyclones. Sunday of the month. month far side that the Jaret constellation Leo. Regulus. it of the Sun. it remains south of the celestial equator.m. on the 27th. there flourish in south Florida. the night of the 9th and into the its morning hours of the 10th. October 2006 NATURAL HISTORY 75 . reaches superior conjunction.7 degrees by month's end. Field reintroductions numerous is good reason for hope Miami blue will again soon utes after sunset during the the of October. you'll probably need optical aid and a ton of luck. J. Although productive rains returned. first half though. leafless twigs.M. Miami-blue conservation efforts. By the end of the month. shines little Ringed brighter than the Planet. on the er Nature. em all times are east- daylight time. quarter satellite on the 29th at wax4:25 on the 29th. 2 A.7 degrees toward us at the start of the month and 12. of Jupiter. but binoculars help a lot. herdsman. in the constellation Libra. officially repeats. the scales. Although est it attains great- its elongation. twenty-five degrees from the Sun. in the constellation Libra. Of all also in Leo. or passes in front of. 2006. and so lies low in the sky for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. the of the 24th is the servers can see it do locate Jupiter too My evening last time most ob- this month. a telescope shows the rings' southern side tilted 13. the Miami blue per- just with an orange hue. and to new Moon on the Our somewhat lo^ver in the sky. the is now some thirty generations has produced more than 20. Even more alarming was the damage to Bahia Honda State Park. H and albeit to the left Shining at magnitude +0.NATURALISTS AT LARGE THE SKY OCTOBER IN By Joe Rao (Comifiiicd from page 28) month Mercury begins the unkind. He heads the Sanchez endangered-species researcher at the is an McGuire Center Visitors to the Florida Museum of Natural History can observe the Miami-blue breeding program firsthand during the inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival. storms. You might also spot dim Mercury. eastern standard time. on October 17th. in waning gibbous phase. six planet returns low at dusk for good telescopic view- Sanchez. To see it. All the earlier reintroduction sites were ravaged. Venus is out of sight in October. People in most of Canada and the U. The salt spray and storm surges from the storms severely damaged some 90 percent of the habitat occupied by Miami blues. about four degrees below and RM. the da Museum sity McGuire Cen- of Natural History at the Univer- of Florida in Gainesville. boosting the butterfly's chances for a fuU recovery. early in the month.000 and individuals. and creeps 2. because the bright edge of the front of them Moon first. Saturn ing. it shining. Binoculars can also trackjupiter as it puUs away from the star Zubenelgenubi. it the park. They butterfly.S.. the on- reigns over the ly bright planet well placed for vie'w- passes in should be easi- an assistant professor of entomology and as- et's left. on is fuD Because this on the 6th fuU autumnal equinox. The as a bright evening by early to mid-December. ing. realistically. and today one reason its local revival for optimism. in the constellation Bootes. the Pleiades star cluster. The old. closest to the also Mars. Mercury is so low and faint that few viewers north of the equator can see it at aU. With the ongoing support from countless organizations and a little help from Moth- At midmonth it rises soon after is a good distance above the eastern horizon at dawn. The Red Planet is in conjunction with the Sun on the 23rd. the lion.M. On the morning of the 16th Saturn lies below and slightly to the right of a fat crescent Moon. Unfortunately. transforming robust green plants into brown. It to see them may may be particularly hard disappear. the Moon occults. first-magnitude star The Moon the solar system's largest planet C.5. is is that. ofits disk ^viewing the stars es to first Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Flori- it is early 22nd terfor 11:13 known as the Harvest Moon. It er to catch them as they pop out from behind the dark edge. magnitude -0. an unprecedented hurricane season unfortunately accompanied them. Saturn October skies. the dog.1.5 degrees eastward in the additional research projects continue. Daylight saving time ends last Unless othenvise noted. Look for the planet low in the west-southwest about thirty min- cap- tive-breeding program continues to thrive: at fully recover. October 15.

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