Friday, April 18, 2008

More on evolution

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

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.

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