It’s Darwin Day. Yes, 200 years ago was the birth of some guy who came up with wrote some book about some theory some other time ago.
I’m not gonna mention evolution much. I do that enough already. Evolution is a unifying theory of biology. Darwin did a bit of work relating to that.
In the interests of not letting objectivity rest in the hands of resoundingly inane kooks, lets see what the forces of good can uncover to tarnish this mere mortal’s image. Remember: Everything you have ever been told is a lie.
Platypi do have a venom defense system – but only males have the poison (Wikipedia). We don’t know the sex of the poor creature massacred in Darwins bloodlust, so I stand by my case.
His excuse, he was bored.
I do not think we have visited any one place so very dull and uninteresting – Charles Darwin, talking about Western Australia
Not finding larger prey, such as kangaroos, he had to settle for second best (or whatever rank platypi actually come in at).
And he didn’t even follow the golden rule. If you kill it, you eat it. Well, perhaps he could be excused – well, it could have been poisonous. But still its a waste of natural bounty all the same.
Darwin did eat a bunch of endangered turtles, lizards, birds and other animals during his voyage. It’s one of 10 fun facts about Darwin. Hah! Take that vegans.
Darwin serves a great poster-boy for life science, and even science and exploration in general (Wikipedia points out that Darwins notoriety is partly because he was … well …. a media-whore). But he did not shoot fireballs nor did he have a head mounted laser, and I’m fairly certain he didn’t hang around with Alexander the Great.
The end of the tale is that things Darwin did do, and the things Darwin did not do, or the kind of person he was, really don’t change the facts about evolution, natural selection and that stuff in his book about worms.