R.I.P. Lonesome George

It’s been silent here for a while. I started my stage, participated in various excursions and field experiences and also took 3 exams, so it’s been one hell of a month, and not only because the temperature here is rising at an alarming rate. Hopefully I’ll deliver some more content in the next days, but today I bring you one sad piece of news: Lonesome George is dead. Remember him? He was the last of his subspecies. Now, i’m not usually the one to think that every single existing variety of every single existing species should be preserved at any cost (I think many of these cases could be taxonomic inflation, which in my opinion is more harmful than good for environmental education and sensibilization), and I don’t think that the death of a single tortoise (that additionally didn’t want to mate with any other tortoise of different subspecies) will impact in any way the survival of the species as a whole. But I must admit I’ve always found the tale of  the last Pinta tortoise and of the desperate (and sadly useless) efforts to make him reproduce very fascinating and inspiring. R.I.P. Lonesome George, and R.I.P. Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, a now extinct subspecies.

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Christmas’ Featured Organism: Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Hitch

Hitch.

I was going to feature the Norway Spruce (Picea abies) or some other Christmas-y plant this friday, and then I go read a SMBC cartoon and, moving the cursor on the lower-left red dot usually containing additional jokes, I discover that Christopher Hitchens is dead. Not very surprising given the terrible illness he had to fight with in the past year or so, but still quite shocking somehow. Bye, Hitch. Thank you for your inestimable contribution to freethinking.