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Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

“Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One point five for my Master, One point one for my Dame, Four tenths for the little boy, who lives in the Lane.” Over the past few decades, evidence has quietly built up … Continue reading

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A Delicate Balance

It has been said that: When we look for mind, we find only matter. And: When we look for matter, we find only mind. In recent years, neuroscientists have noticed a remarkable pattern in the way neurons fire in brain … Continue reading

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Gri-Polar Disorder

“Gene pool” is wrong. “Gene river” is more like it. That’s what Richard Dawkins was trying to tell us in “River Out of Eden.” Sometimes, tributaries of the river rejoin. In 2006 a hunter killed an animal that was found … Continue reading

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A Survivor from the Pleistocence

Nice little read in The New York Times: The musk ox is a holdover from the Pleistocene, the age of the giant mammals memorialized in natural history murals everywhere — the mammoths and mastodons, the saber-toothed cats, the giant ground … Continue reading

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Meet the Hispaniolan solenodon.

National Geographic has a slideshow up of mammals weird and rare. About this here one: More closely related to shrews and moles, the solenodons are the only mammals that inject prey with venom, through special grooves in their teeth. Pictures: 14 … Continue reading

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