Friday, January 14, 2011

Amber & Diversity and Ancestry

Kevin and I were talking today about species diversity.  You know: horse, pony, mule, donkey, zebra.  And maybe Przewalski's Horse.

And that made us think of Homonids.  And how there used to be so many more of us: Humans, Neanderthals, Homo Florensis.  And now we are all alone.

And that made me think back to when Neanderthals had pets.  You remember the part in The Inheritors where Fa and Lok are petting their pet pint-size Eodromaeus?

A little known fact about the Eodromaeus is that its full name is the Homo Bigtiggula, which is actually--and you can totally tell by looking at it--one of Tiggy Winkle's ancient ancestors.

See her there?  Walking in the footsteps of her wild, woodland ancestors?  Or, see the similarity here?

Science and history.


Kevin said...

This is a very informative and scientific post. Thank you for your smart, fearless reporting.

ALH said...

Thank Tiggy for her furry, dainty kittycatness.

Emma said...

I'm just going to say it: we ate them all.

ALH said...

But we also made physical romance with some of our ancestral cousins, too! Like when Pepe LePew falls in love with the cat with the white paint on its tail?