With the Science Blog Network closing, Hanneke Meijer reflects on her contributions to the Guardian’s Lost Worlds Revisited

Despite all the splendid fossils we have covered here on Lost Worlds Revisited, nothing lasts forever (apart from the cold November rain here in Norway). In my time on here, I have covered a range of topics, from Darwin’s finches, the peculiar nature of island faunas, and penguin feet, to chickens, the evolution of feathers, and Club Med. Although they may seem rather arbitrary at first, they reflect my main interests in island paleobiogeography and avian evolution.

Lost Worlds Revisited allowed me to rave on about research and fossils I felt the world needed to hear more about. For instance, dodos were not dumb sitting ducks, but exquisitely well adapted to their environment (a hill I’m willing to die on), Komodo dragons may be dwarfs instead of giants, and precious baby birds in amber. But it also gave me the opportunity to delve into topics and ideas that I felt I needed to learn more about, such as the evolution of feathers, how bird eggs get their colours, and even frogs.

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