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Illustrator Jenny Parks has managed to marry two of my favorite things -- cats and the world of geeks and nerds -- into a wonderful series of art. From Star Trek and Star Wars to Captain America and Harry Potter she has translated much of the science fiction and fantasy world into being populated by cats. And the results are delightful, entertaining, and more than just a little bit, well, catty.
My last post focused on monkeys and the biological reasons why man’s closest genetic cousin lacks the ability to utter a word. With films such as ‘Planet of the Apes’ and other such fiction broaching this topic, it was curious to me why evolution hadn’t taken monkeys down the same ‘audible speaking’ path as humans.
That old cliché, “monkey see, monkey do” is true in many cases, as monkeys do like to mimic what they learn from humans. But try as they may, monkeys just can’t utter a word, even though their larynx, tongue and lips are genetically set up to do so.
Most recently I documented research in a blog post pertaining to the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ which is shockingly taking place as we speak. While under-reported, the current indicators point to several species diminishing as much as 67 percent by the year 2020. In light of those devastating findings, it’s encouraging to learn about efforts to save and reverse the extinction process of one mammal you may never have been aware of — namely, the Pacific fisher.