biology zoology blog benno meyer rochow food taboos

Food taboos

What to eat and what not to eat

Electronic journals on the internet are becoming increasingly more popular and although I sincerely hope that printed newspapers and books will still be around for many years to come, I have also begun to publish some my research on the web not too long ago. My first article in an electronic journal appeared in the “Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine” in 2009 under the title “Food Taboos”. The article dealt with their origins and purposes. —>—>

biology zoology blog benno meyer rochow embryonic diapause

Embryonic Diapause: what the heck is that?

I once read the novel “Kappa” by the acclaimed Japanese novelist Akutagawa and was reminded of it when I was contemplating writing this blog about an embryonic diapause, a situation in which an embryo stays and waits in the womb to develop and to come out not until conditions are optimal for its emergence. In Akutagawa’s novel the offspring decides when and if they want to be born. Something a little similar to that actually exists amongst several species of mammals, although it seems that here the maternal organisms control and decide the best time for the young to be born. —>—>