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The Great Darwin Beard Challenge: Week 5

March 24, 2009

For this edition of the Great Darwin Beard Challenge, participants were asked to pose in “the Colbert” with their research organism or with a piece of lab equipment that they regularly use.

For an excellent summary of the Great Darwin Beard  Challenge so fara, including links to past posts, please click here.

We are down to four participants, which didn’t take very long…

This is Kevin of Deep Sea News with his Deep Sea Anemone friend


Our very own Andrew with his deep sea snail friend


Irradiatus with his microscope friend


And last but not least, to one one’s surprise, I am with my sandbar shark friend


That’s all for this edition of the Great Darwin Beard Challenge! We are moving to bi-weekly updates at this point.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 7:55 pm


    By the way – here is a picture of “The Colbert” pose (the above link doesn’t show the pose)

  2. March 24, 2009 8:27 pm

    O NOES! Is David2 swimming with the fishes?

    • March 25, 2009 6:32 am

      i guess, as a marine scientist, he’s doing the opposite of swimming with the fishes… walking with the tetrapods… got some styrofoam shoes… sent to Jesse Jame’s closet…

  3. March 24, 2009 8:35 pm

    Damn, Dave! You’re one hairy mofo!

  4. whysharksmatter permalink*
    March 24, 2009 8:36 pm

    I’m Russian. We’re a hirsute people. It helps keeps us warm in Siberian winters.

    • March 24, 2009 9:51 pm

      Yeah David, your beard is by far the bushiest.

      • nerdychristie permalink
        March 25, 2009 8:10 am

        Seconded – man, that’s one hell of a beard.

    • extrovertscientist permalink
      March 27, 2009 8:55 pm


  5. April 10, 2009 9:13 pm

    When and where is the next installment of The Great Darwin Beard Challenge being held?

    • April 11, 2009 5:35 pm

      monday, right here

      • April 12, 2009 9:22 pm

        Can’t wait!

  6. ZRT843 permalink
    April 12, 2009 6:18 pm

    I’m looking a little scruffy. I could find some lab gear. Maybe next year.

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