Excellent story. Thank you for writing it and bringing this subject to our attention.
Looney Toons leaves me feeling deceived once again. First they tell me rabbits know how to get to Albuquerque, then coyotes are super geniuses and pigs have speech impediments, now they are telling me Tasmanian devils aren’t so devilish.
This isn’t really all that surprising if you are familiar with some of the more unbiased reports from the time. While thylacine were blamed for killing sheep, this being one of the main reasons they were bounty hunted, there are few if any credible accounts of them ever being seen attacking sheep. Read more
Retraction seems like a very strange route to take. A future paper could have simply correctly identified Oculudentavis as a squamate. That’s generally how science works (it’s self-correcting). There’s definitely more to this story, and it’s a shame that Nature’s not saying.
My own research has uncovered startling evidence of how each one was chosen:
This is really cool to read about. In around 1990 I spent many dozens of hours in the field with my ornithology professor. We happened across a group of young male White-throated Sparrows overwintering and learning their song. This is certainly how dialect spreads. It was fascinating to watch and listen to them as… Read more
My husky simply couldn’t be let off the leash, as he would just make a bolt for the horizon and was determined to keep going til he caught it. He was an amazing dog, but training him was seriously difficult and I never did manage to train him to return from being off-leash. It was simply too much fun to run.
A couple Greenland dogs came for a visit just this week. These pup's dad was part of a team that pulled a sled from Greenland to Resolute Nunavut. Their mom was born in Resolute from other members of the same team.
I was really rooting for that white house. Looks like it washed back up on shore and is somewhat intact.
“woooaaAAHH” - White house 0_0
Also, we’re finally in the future. The interior of the Dragon V2 is sexy.
So, I was just thinking about this just yesterday. The children of early explorers and pioneers didn’t have a choice in where they were going either. Of course, there would be entire generations on those ships that would be born and die without having an opportunity to live on a new world, so that complicates things a… Read more
The multigenerational starship concept is something I have come full circle on. In my younger years I loved this idea, journeys lasting 100's or even thousands of years to establish humanity elsewhere in the cosmos just seemed to be the natural extension of the human exploration spirit. Read more