[Taxacom] Our Monkey Ancestors
t.simonsen at nhm.ac.uk
Mon Jan 18 01:48:58 CST 2010
Well, one just have to remember how the Barnacle Goose got its name...
Thomas J. Simonsen, PhD.
Researcher in Lepidoptera
Department of Entomology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London
SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Oconnor, Barry
Sent: Fri 15/01/2010 19:19
To: Thomas G. Lammers; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Our Monkey Ancestors
Here in Michigan, there's a long tradition of Catholics eating muskrat on Fridays. See http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=23328
All the best! - Barry
-So many mites, so little time!
Barry M. OConnor phone: 734-763-4354
Curator & Professor fax: 734-763-4080
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University of Michigan
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On 1/15/10 11:05 AM, "Thomas G. Lammers" <lammers at uwosh.edu> wrote:
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
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