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    Pubic Lice are NOT going extinct

    Argh! I woke up to 20 emails asking for my opinion on pubic lice. How did your Monday Morning coffee go? Alas, this story is making the rounds again: Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may…

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    Lice, Lice Baby: Convergent Evolution in bird lice

    This video is a great example of some fascinating evolutionary biology.  Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologist Kevin  Johnson describes his research on the history of feather lice.  Anyone who works with birds knows they are lousy–as in, usually covered in lice. But how did all those lice evolve? Did they share a common louse ancestor, and then diverge as their bird…

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