Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists

Fernando Z. Vaz-de-Mello scarab at UFLA.BR
Thu Apr 3 13:15:05 CST 2003

I once was in the Brazilian-Venezuelan border (around 1996-97) and saw in
the newspaper that the bisp (obispo? not sure how to call in English),
presumabily that one from Gran Sabana or from Bolivar, had JUST declared
capibaras to be fish.....
hope that helps;

At 07:31 03/04/03 -0600, you wrote:

>At 08:52 PM 4/2/03 -0800, Curtis Clark wrote:
>>I have been told by Venezuelans that capybaras are regarded as suitable
>>for Lent. I don't know whether they have a dispensation.
>I was told the same story in Brazil.  I got the impression we're talking
>several hundred years ago, and that maybe the pope wasn't given all the
>facts, in an effort to stack the deck in favor of a yes vote ("it's in the
>water, Excellency -- you know, like fish!")
>Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
>Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
>Department of Biology and Microbiology
>University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
>Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
>e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
>phone:      920-424-1002
>fax:           920-424-1101
>Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and biogeography
>of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
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Fernando Z. Vaz-de-Mello
Depto. Biologia
Universidade Federal de Lavras
Lavras - MG 37200-000
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