Sunday, December 21, 2008

What's that sticking out of your thorax?

Nigel Stork said more or less that to a first approximation we are all insects. It might be further said that to a second we are all monkeys* and to a third we are all Africans. The rest is meaningless detail; but it is the detail that seems to matter. It is probably the ability to be obsessed with such details that makes us human. Then again, possibly not.

*Yes, I know, but it sounds better than catarrhines or hominoidea

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