How the Whale Became 25

How the Whale Became
Companion to How the Elephant almost became a Whale on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord   In 1859, Charles Darwin hesitated over publishing On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection. It was not because he was concerned about the church’s reaction. He took care to excise any suggestion man was descended from the ape, even if ...

Rest Ye Merry 20

Rest Ye Merry
I was invited by Robbie Cheadle at https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com to participate in the Anything but Books tag.  Read her thoughts here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/anything-but-books-tag/ I want to thank Robbie by dedicating a song to her. No, I am not going to sing. Yes, I heard your collective sigh of relief. ‘Cat Black the Wizard’s Hat’ is one of ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 4 27

Fantastic Beasts & where to... 4
The Thylacine* The Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger was not a tiger but the largest surviving marsupial predator in modern Australia, and its outlying islands of Tasmania and New Guinea. It was called a ‘tiger’ because it had stripes across its lower back which faded with age. It was also called the Tasmanian Wolf, which seems ...

Meet the in-laws 1

Meet the in-laws
    Not only is the human genome project completed – the mapping of all 24,000 human genes, but scientists have also completely mapped the Neanderthal Genome; from DNA recovered from bones dating back some 38,000 years. The results were surprising and have caused a total re-assessment of one of our closest cousins. Like the ...

‘Well, I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle!’ 2

‘Well, I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle!’
There are repeated reports of a human – chimpanzee hybrid, called a humanzee. The first is from the year 1,000 AD when the Benedictine monk, Peter Damien, claimed he saw the monstrous offspring of a woman and an ape. More recently, a circus chimpanzee called Oliver (1958-2012) was touted as such. Oliver was bald with ...
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