Have you ever wanted to read the first draft of Charles Darwin's "Origin of the Species". Good news ... you could start it this weekend - but it would take more than the weekend to get through it. The only thing missing from the reports I saw was where to find Darwin's papers online: try here http://darwin-online.org.uk/.
And it really is survival of the fittest out there in the animal kingdom ... so here's news of two wins, noted today on various news sources:
US researchers visiting Vietnam have discovered a rare giant turtle (Swinhoe's soft-shell) which was previously thought to be extinct in the wild.
At the other end of the scale, comes news that Borneo's pygmy elephants may be descendants of a Javian elephant race, which was understood to have perished nearly 300 years ago.