[ANSTHRLD] A platypus and two sporks

John Atkinson johnmatkinson at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 04:00:12 PST 2012

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> Plants and animals which cannot be documented to be known to Europeans
> before 1600 (from the interior of Africa, northern Asia, or parts of
> the United States that were not systematically explored by Europeans
> before 1600, for example) will not be registered.  While grey period
> citations will be considered, the great expansion of knowledge
> Europeans gained about the rest of the world between 1600 and 1650
> means that the burden of proof of pre-1600 knowledge here is slightly
> higher."

Since Europeans did not even find Australia, much less catalog the
wildlife, until 1606, this one is going to be a problem.  Wikipedia
claims the first platypus pelt was sent to England in 1798.

"Thousands of Sarmatians, Thousands of Franks, we've slain them again
and again.  We're looking for thousands of Persians."
--Vita Aureliani

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