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Friday, November 21, 2008
Why Nessie really could exist
There's a story on CNN (and elsewhere) about the rediscovery of a species thought to be extinct for over 80 years - the pygmy tarsier.
There is something wonderful about this story which may go unnoticed by most readers. A friend of mine, however, pointed out that one of the head researchers "would like her graduate student,... also on the expedition, to return to the field site for her dissertation...." Something as newsworthy as this, and the professor lets her graduate student be the one to continue the work.
Hats off to you, Sharon. Not only for finding the tarsiers alive, but also for so humbly requesting that your students continue the work in your stead.
And one last note, concerning the title of the blog post. We have found several species which were thought to be extinct (the coelacanth, for example), and often discover previously unknown species (unfortunately, just as often as we come across new species, we come across new species which are already near extinction). So who's to say that Nessie doesn't really exist?