Friday, February 27, 2009

Darwin's surprising dinner-plate discovery

On his famed trip to the Galapagos islands, on a stop over in Argentina, Darwin discovered a bird his party was feasting on was actually a new species. (NPR)

(Do check out that NPR link. It takes you to a very entertaining report by the legendary Robert Krulwich.)

When Darwin realized dinner was a new discovery, a bird called the "lesser rhea," he scrambled to collect the remains (mostly bones) and ship them back to Europe.

Pretty amazing.

For some context, this discovery came at a time when scientists were racing to discover new species in the New World. Researchers were sending thousands of specimens back for study. Imagine that. People back then must have felt so lucky living at a time of such discovery.

Oh wait. We do live in a time of such discovery. We're
discovering hundreds of planets outside our solar system right now (over 300 so far). Shoot, we're even getting snapshots of 'em. But is anyone really excited about that? Anyone feel lucky to live in such amazing times? No one seems to care. How can Pound360 tell? Well, you have to wonder how much people care about the technological advances and scientific discoveries we're making these days when a media company like CNN disbands its entire science and technology team.

(Image John Gould via Wikimedia commons)

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