If you haven't bookmarked Sandwalk, do so. And go and read Larry's appreciation of Niles Eldredge's science writing. Eldredge is something of legend: he coauthored the 1973 paper on punctuated equilibrium with the late Steven Jay Gould and is now curator of palaeontology at the American Museum of Natural History.
Oh, and we're delighted - in a running round punching the air kind of way - that he's agreed to become a director of the American Friends of Beagle. More on which later.