[Taxacom] Our Monkey Ancestors
Thomas G. Lammers
lammers at uwosh.edu
Fri Jan 15 10:05:36 CST 2010
At 09:39 AM 1/15/2010, Oconnor, Barry wrote:
>I recall that in the days of meatless Fridays during Lent, the Catholic
>church made muskrats honorary fish.
I think you're thinking of capybaras:
"During the Christian observation of
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki//wiki/Lent>Lent, capybara meat is especially
popular as it is claimed that the
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki//wiki/Catholic>Catholic church, in a special
dispensation, classified the animal as a fish in the 16th century. (cf.
There are differing accounts of how the dispensation arose. The most cited
refers to a group of 16th Century missionaries who made a request which
implied that the semi-aquatic capybara might be a "fish" and also hinted
that there would be an issue with starvation if the animal weren't
classified as suitable for Lent." [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara]
'Twould be interesting to find out the actual church documentation for
this. Jensen! You're at a church school! Get right on that! It'd be a
good research project for a student!!
Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
Curator of the Neil A. Harriman Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
800 Algoma Blvd.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
e-mail: lammers at uwosh.edu
Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
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