Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Setting Science on Its Ear

A satirical article over Weekly World News by Frank Lake announces a "new discovery" that homo sapiens may have evolved from lagomorphs.  According to the news item rabbits are our closest relatives instead of other primates.  Of course, the terms hare and cottontail are used interchangeably in the story so it makes me wonder about the credibility of the research.  As we all know hares and jackrabbits belong to the genus Lepus and cottontails are in the genus Sylvilagus with 16 different species. (Our domesticated bunnies are in the genus Oryctolagus.) The sketchy details make me skeptical even though I enjoy leafy greens, and have an affinity for wiggly fuzzy noses.