Thursday, April 28, 2011

Exciting fossil find yielded surprising discovery: the mantaphasmatodes have been among us, unnamed and unrecognized, all along.

Guest Blog: Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop

Order: Mantaphasmatode

What was required to discover the Mantaphasmatodes, whether the species on top of the Massif or the species at the truck stop, was the realization that no one else knew what they were. Once that realization was made, discovering them was both easier and more interesting. Until then, the Mantaphasmatodes, like much of life, seemed (wrongly) likely to be known by some expert in a university somewhere. Yet they were not known, just as most of life is not known.

It was only recently that it was discovered that mice sing to each other. It was not so very long ago that it was discovered that clouds are filled with bacteria. What else remains to be known? Nearly everything.

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