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May 17, 2005

Not The Same Old Stuff

I have said it too. There is nothing new under the sun. It’s true, right? Then I come across something like this New York Times Article. This is not a new species, but a new “family” of mammals. I know you have to step into the “way-way-back-machine” to 8th grade bio or see the chart below. Now there have been some additions since we were all in school. Suborder is new. And there is now a superfamily class, but these are the basics.

Classification Human
New Rodent Classification ??
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Subclass Eutheria
Order Primates
Family Hominidae
Genus Homo
Species sapiens
all this equals you and me.

Now this is not the first time scientists have found new things. In the last decade or two they have found some amazing things, (New Fox Found..Coelacanth) but what makes this new discovery so very amazing is that this is a new “family” further up on the list.

So why am I going on about this?

If a new family of mammals can be found in my lifetime, there is hope. OK, all you crazies out there, I know people have told you that your hopes are insane and that your evidence is spurious at best, but please, in my life time, FIND BIG FOOT (I will also accept a Yeti). I am not saying that I believe in the mythical beast. I just want to be around if it is found, to see the controversy. All of a sudden some guy who looks like a member of ZZ-Top with no college degree is going to do lectures at Harvard. That’s right, he was laughed at and now he is going to be on the cover of time as Man of the Year (OK I was reaching there).

What always amazes me about these finds are the local people who are like "dude it’s a rat; we see them all the time." In this case, they eat them all the time. So really, we are going to find Big Foot hanging out in some guy's back yard and he will say, "Big Foot? That’s the animal that keeps stealing bird seeds from the feeder."

So take this for what it's worth and remember: There is always something new under the sun.

Posted by Kwaku at May 17, 2005 12:25 PM


I've been trying to find the story, because I remember a while back that they discovered a new plankton-like organism that lived parasitically on lobster lips. Supposedly that was a new phylum! Of course, the impact of my comment is dramatically diminished by my not being able to actually reference the story. :P

Posted by: Christiana Ellis at May 22, 2005 9:06 AM

Now I have to go find the article.

Posted by: kwaku at May 23, 2005 4:51 PM

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