Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Life On Earth: U.S. Government Tentatively Allows Pan Cogito To Keep His Wife; Might Reconsider Deporting Her To Lithuanian-Ukrainian Borderlands

Recently first published one hundred year old drawings of fungi and vascular plants by Carlos Spegazzini, the eminent Argentine mycologist (1858–1926). Spegazzini's numerous publications describing over 5000 fungi almost never included illustrations, but a very large number of the original packets of his specimens bear beautiful, delicate, carefully-drawn and scientifically accurate pencil drawings of the material enclosed. These pictures range in size from approximately 7 to 10cm square. In some cases, where material is scanty, these drawings may be the only remaining evidence of the microscopic features of the fungus he originally observed.

The third image is of Fruitbodies of the golf-ball fungus Cyttaria espinosae on living twigs of the southern beech tree Nothofagus obliqua, Valdivia, Chile.

Image credits: (c) Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Experimental, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; and D.W. Minter and the Biodiversity Website. With thanks.


Yesterday, Senator, and Presidential candidate, John McCain talked about the need for the U.S. military to secure the "Iraq-Pakistan border.”


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