Monday, August 02, 2010
word for the day: afrotheria. the various distant cousins of the aardvark, including the golden mole, hyrax, manatee, and elephant. there used to be lots more of us in africa and gonwonaland, but the ungulates, with their cud chewing and 4 stomachs, were better at digesting grasses and pushed us into a few specific niches. the word for spain might have come from phoenicians seeing rabbits and thinking they were hyraxes.