Archive for the ‘Evolution’ Category

Toxic moments

May 13, 2017

First, a story came by on NPR in which a tale of five dead hunters in Oregon played a central role, as did the terrible poison tetrodotoxin. And then an episode of the tv series Death in Paradise in which this poison plays a central role. Rough-skinned newts, pufferfish, and garter snakes all have parts to play in the story, as do arms races in evolution. And of course tetrodotoxin and the entertainments of Death in Paradise.


A primate with a pipe

April 10, 2017

Yesterday’s Bizarro is yet another Ascent of Man evolution cartoon, but this time a guy intervenes at the ape stage to offer a stupid outfit to wear and a pipe to pretend to smoke:


This is an allusion to the (venerable) meme of monkeys or apes (usually chimpanzees) dressed as people — akin to popular art showing dogs playing cards, or folk museums with stuffed frogs engaged in folksy activities. But with the extra kick that monkeys and apes are uncannily similar to people — in a very common view, especially similar to black Africans and those of black African descent in other parts of the world. The pipe isn’t a necessary component of the dressed-ip primate figure, but it’s a very common one.


Toon animal time

October 30, 2016

Two cartoons in today’s feed, a Bizarro on the perennial meme of the Ascent of Man; and a One Big Happy on animal bilingualism and its advantages:


(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)



Another take on evolution

September 11, 2016

A Mick Stevens cartoon in the latest (September 12th) New Yorker:

On the surface, just about evolution, but actually about any leaving, from any place or situation. Please don’t go; we can make things better here!

November 11th, 2014

August 25, 2016

… was a banner day for cartoons in the New Yorker. Waiting a few minutes to get called in for routine blood tests at the Palo Alo Medical Foundation this morning, I chanced upon this particular issue of the magazine and found five cartoons of interest for this blog (plus some others I enjoyed but had no special interest here); all five were from artists already familiar on this blog.


The evolution of woman

May 29, 2016

Via Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, this Evolution of Woman cartoon from the Tainted Lips Tumblr account of a young woman named Tupa:

The drawing plays on the widespread use of flowers (as vaginal symbols) to represent women. Think Georgia O’Keeffe.

SMBC 2011

April 26, 2016

Assimilating books into my collection. Just now, two Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal collections from 2011, when Zach Weiner put out two volumes of his webcomic under his Breadpig imprint: Save Yourself, Mammal! in July, The Most Dangerous Game in December. Handsome volumes, on glossy paper with excellent color reproduction. But a venture not repeated.

I mention them here because the second has, at the very end, on (unnumbered) p. 74, this entertaining Ascent of Man cartoon:

Paleo cloning!

The Ascent of MowerMan

April 10, 2016

Today’s Zits, with an instance of the Ascent (and Descent) of Man cartoon meme:

Many earlier postings on the meme, and now I’ve created a Page on this blog, on “Evolution postings”, under “Linguistics notes”: postings on the origin and evolution of life, on the origin and evolution of human beings, and on the origin and evolution of human language, plus some related matters.


March 1, 2016

A cartoon that came to me from Nancy Friedman on Facebook, who got it from Helen Lo there, who gives no source; these things get passed around from hand to hand, the graphic counterparts to jokes that people tell to one another, and almost no one knows (or, in fact, cares) about their origins — and why should they?


This one is clearly pretty recent, because of the final Donald Trump (or as people are now saying, Drumpf) figure. Otherwise, the body of the cartoon, without that extra figure, has been around for a while; it can be found on many dozens of websites (always without attribution, of course), and it has spawned a number of variants.

To come: Trump in cartoons. Evolution cartoons. Variants of #1, some on t-shirts. Plus a Bizarro bonus.


The Ascent of Bruce

January 21, 2016

In the February issue of Funny Times, this cartoon by political cartoonist Taylor Jones:

The third figure in the progression is Bruce Jenner, the fourth Caitlin Jenner.

Some words about Caitlin Jenner, and then a few on the Ascent of Man cartoon meme.