Darwin’s Mystery of Mysteries

I am half-way through Menno Schilthuizen's Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions, a funny and engrossing little book about speciation. Among the many gems, this, at the very beginning:

    [After describing a very weird mammal] It might seem odd that these remarkable animals never figure in Sunday-evening wildlife documentaries on television. There are good reasons why they don't. First of all, the Hi-Iay islands are remote, inaccessible, and the Rhinogradentia elusive. Another complicating factor is the complete annihilation of the islands, the Darwin Institute there, and the World Congress of Rhinogradologists by a nuclear disaster in the 1950s. And then, of course, there is the fact that they never existed in the first place. – From the Prologue.


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