Saturday, June 24, 2006

RIP Harriet (nee Harry)

Harriet the Galapagos Tortoise has died at the grand old age of 176 years (or thereabouts). The news item repeats the fact that Harriet influenced Darwin's theory of evolution, though this appears to be nothing more than an urban legend, since she was of a subspecies found on an island that Darwin didn't visit.

For a slow moving animal, Harriet was certainly well travelled. Harriet was originally thought to be male, hence the name change from Harry.

During her long life Harriet failed to evolve into a higher lifeform, such as a cat or dog, thus conclusively disproving the doctrine of Darwinism.

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