Hi, I'm Stuart, an Assistant Features Editor at eLife and recent life sciences PhD graduate. I blog about evolution and its weird and wonderful creations.
StuartKing has written 13 posts for Nature is Anything but Simple!

Is it better to be a sheep or a maverick?

In everyday life, it is often easiest to follow the crowd and just ‘fit in’; but bucking the trend can offer its own benefits. In evolution, similar rules apply. When the fitness, or evolutionary value, of a given trait or characteristic depends on how common it is in a population, it is called frequency-dependent selection. … Continue reading

Movember Special: Moustachioed Monkey

So it’s that time of year again – when many a Brit’s stiff upper lip is hirsute for a good cause. Of course, we’re over half way through Movember now – and this month men from across the nation (and in 20 other countries around the world) have been growing moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health … Continue reading

Nature’s Tough Guys

What are the toughest creatures in nature? You might instinctively imagine lions, and tigers, and bears… oh my! With fearsome claws and bone-crushing jaws, these carnivores might seem an obvious choice. Then again, a stampeding elephant is clearly a formidable force of nature, tough enough to trample all in its path – whilst the deadly … Continue reading


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