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About: Kim Cooper

I am a postdoctoral fellow with Cliff Tabin at Harvard Medical School. My interests lie in the developmental and evolutionary mechanisms of pattern generation in the vertebrate limb.

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On how odd critters can answer important questions

Posted by on March 27th, 2013

Sproing! Sproing! Sproing! If there is one animal that deserves its own cartoon sound, it is the jerboa – a bipedal desert rodent with extraordinarily elongated hindlegs, fused foot bones, and loss of the first and fifth toes. I blogged here from China last spring during the most recent field collection of jerboa embryos, and[…]

Farish A. Jenkins, Jr (1940-2012)

Posted by on November 14th, 2012

       On the morning of Sunday, November 11th, the world lost a great gentleman scholar – Professor Farish A. Jenkins, Jr of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Farish was an anachronism in today’s world who would have relished in lengthy discourse with the great comparative anatomists of the mid 19th century,[…]

Homeward bound

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

It’s been longer than I’d hoped since I last wrote, but a whole heck of a lot has been going on. Monday last week, the professor in charge of international cooperation at the Chinese Academy in Urumqi came out to the field station with a couple of colleagues to host lunch with us. I knew[…]

And of course there’s a hedgehog…in the car

Posted by on April 28th, 2012

We have been getting pretty good videos for the past few days, but it seems the animals have realized we aren’t actually predators and have gone on strike. After the first night of filming, Talia was dissatisfied with the lighting and visibility of the animals, so we decided to get a few more lights and[…]

Of course there are chickens…

Posted by on April 27th, 2012

We just got back from the desert about a half hour ago, at 2:30 am, after a pretty successful evening. We also went earlier in the day to build a fenced off enclosure where we could run the animals in front of Talia’s infrared cameras. As we were getting into the car, I said to[…]

Baby camels!

Posted by on April 25th, 2012

Now the real adventures begin. We arrived at the field station on Sunday and met with The Fixer on Monday afternoon to discuss arranging a driver for the next week or so. We explained to him what the goals are, where we’d like to go, the time of day/night, duration of the trip, and asked[…]

A horse is a horse of course of course…

Posted by on April 24th, 2012

Unless it’s a Przewalski’s horse! Oh where to even start! The embryo collections came to completion on Wednesday, and now we are on to Phase II. We returned to Urumqi on Thursday so I could give a talk at Xinjiang Normal University and we could pick up Talia at the airport on Friday. Sarah and[…]

Hazards of Field Work

Posted by on April 16th, 2012

Let’s start off this list with Pee. In. My. Face. The Chinese collector folks brought a big cage with a *ridiculous* number of 5-toed jerboas this morning. They are apparently far more plentiful and easier to catch. Unfortunately, they were more plentiful last night than in the area they went the night before when they[…]

The perils of language

Posted by on April 15th, 2012

Anyone who has known me for awhile probably knows that I really really despise carrots. Yes, I know. I am a freak. No one hates carrots. In my whole life I think I’ve met one other person with the palate I have… Sarah and I decided to skip lunch at the field station and go[…]

Let’s do the time warp…

Posted by on April 13th, 2012

I don’t even know where the last 72 hours went. Well, in fact I do. And it wasn’t spent sleeping. Since I now have 2 groups of people collecting for me, that means twice the amount of work. The Kazakhs live about an hour away, so they prefer to bring the animals to me when[…]