Have you been Loonoculated?

The Nature Blog Network has written a very nice interview of Yours Truly, and it came out on their blog yesterday. (I would have posted it sooner but I’ve been in meetings/classes/etc. so I could not get to it.)

Please go and visit the Nature Blog Network. If you have not seen it, you should. Poke around, join, read stuff, follow links. You know, all that fun Intertubical stuff.

Comments

  1. #1 Stacy S.
    December 16, 2008

    Very nice. :-) What is hat “Dassie” animal? I’ve never seen nor heard of it.

    (See – for me, blogging is more about learning than teaching.) ;-)

  2. #2 Stacy S.
    December 16, 2008

    “that” – not “hat”

  3. #3 Don
    December 16, 2008

    The Dassie is also known as a Hyrax and looks a lot like a Marmot.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 16, 2008

    rock Dassies (aka rock hyrax, sometimes called rock rabbit) is like a large rodent in terms of it’s place in the food chain, and is related to a number of other similar animals (tree hyrax, bush hyrax) that actually vary quite a bit in behavior. But, they are all basically eagle food.

    But all these very similar (externally) looking critters are the totality of the member of the order Hyracoidea, that are all African (extending into the ‘middle east’). In some ways they can be thought of as representing primitive mammals (sort of) because they seem to retain some early mammal characteristics (I don’t totally believe this, but it has been said).

    It is said that the nearest living relative of the hyrax is the elephant. THen it is usually pointed out that their feet are just like tiny elephant feet.

    If you actually look at their feet you will see that this is not true, and we are not so sure of their elephant/hyrax Last Common ancestor either.

    There used to be many more forms, they were quite diverse in the miocen.

    They taste a little like forest rats.

  5. #5 Stacy S.
    December 16, 2008

    Thanks for the quick response! :-)

    ” … a large rodent in terms of it’s place in the food chain …

    Ah, a R.O.U.S. – rodent of unusual size –

    “… it is usually pointed out that their feet are just like tiny elephant feet.

    If you actually look at their feet you will see that this is not true,…”

    Cool. I’ll have to go take a closer look at the picture. Did you take the pic. BTW??
    ” They taste a little like forest rats.
    :-(

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    December 16, 2008

    Yes, I took that picture. I don’t have a closeup of the feet but I imagine one can find them on the internet somewhere.

    I should say, I don’t know what rock dassies taste like. I’ve only eaten the forest tree hyrax.