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 ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2 14

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2
Hydrarchos Sillimanii   In 1845, for a meagre 25 cents, New Yorkers gaped in open mouthed wonder at the 120 foot long skeleton of a sea serpent. Scientifically named Hydrarchos Sillimanii (until the famous Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman objected), it was exhibited in the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. Apparently the creature’s huge bones were so ...
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