Wednesday, February 02, 2011

American biological degeneracy

A SciAm podcast tells the story:
Biologist and author Lee Dugatkin talks about his article "Jefferson's Moose" in the February issue of Scientific American, the story of Jefferson's battle against the European theory of American biological degeneracy.
I had no idea that Jefferson and Madison were so concerned with measuring weasels in order to debunk some silly French theory about American inferiority.

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