Bad evolution puns award #1: Cod in the act of evolution

Sure – we are celebrating Darwin this month and through the year. But one negative of evolution in general is that it seems particularly ripe for puns, and bad ones at that. So I am starting a new award here – the Bad Evolution Puns Award. And the first winner is the Boston Globe for their new article “Cod in the act of evolution” by Murray Carpenter.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

6 thoughts on “Bad evolution puns award #1: Cod in the act of evolution”

  1. The problem is that the best puns are by definition bad — it’s the groaners that really work best, or as Edgar Allan Poe supposedly said, “The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability.”On a somewhat related note, I just happen to be reading (okay, listening to) Mark Kurlansky’s <>Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World<> during my commute. Its not quite John McPhee, but great background to bring to a read of the paper by Darimont, et al. that led to Carpenter’s pun.


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