|Sir David Attenborough recording a chorus of frogs in 1954.|
Photo courtesy of wildfilmhistory.org, a fantastic site
I am working towards a Master's degree in history. My main research focuses on live animal collecting for zoos. There is also some tangential work being done on specimen collecting for museums. I have three minor's in Anthropology, Geology, and Earth Sciences. I am a Natural Historian of the 19th Century vein. Not unlike Porthos who claimed a beheading axe a gift from the Tsarina of America, I self proclaim my college hours and experience to be a Bachelor of Science in History. I can do that, its my blog.
What I hope my followers (all both of you) will get out of this is a concise inclusion of things that are going on in the science world presently. I confess many issues will include links to BBC news. I also hope to enlighten some about what went on in the world of science in the past. We all grow up with iconic images of famous people, I shall use Darwin as an example. In our mind's eye we see him old and white-bearded, about 23.
However this is not the Darwin that sailed on the Beagle. It was a younger man (Darwin really wasn't 23 with the white beard) that lost his cookies over the Beagle's railing explored Argentina, and ate large flightless bird over a campfire. A specimen which turned out to be a new species, upon that realization Charles went around gathering up everyone's table scraps to make another scientific contribution via Richard Owen's descriptions.
Those are the stories I want to share. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I, but if you do not I will also fill updates with reviews of books I have had to read for class and the ones I have chosen to read for pleasure, they are seldom the same. Some movies we go to, but that is infrequent, as well as reviews for a few theatre performances, and local symphony happenings.
I will also try and highlight anything I do along the way to a PhD somewhere over time's horizon. I am notorious for visiting a city and really only going to two places: the zoo and their Natural History Museum. I will try and keep these things brief enough to read between laps your boss makes in your office, but some will require a bit more page time.
Updates will be infrequent, and sometimes more than once a day. I look forward to constructive comments from my captivated and attentive audiences as well as any questions that you guys have. I will try to cite sources that I use, even though the one for the above Darwin anecdote escapes me at the moment.
So, for a brief semi introduction, this will have to suffice. Once I get my blogging sea legs under me, I will go into more detail about why I call this blog The Platypus and the Dodo and maybe some back history on me that could be found in the about me section, if you are inclined to give a fig about who I am. Most of you do, and the only reason you will check the "About Me" section is to see if I have lied.