Monday, August 10, 2009

Human's Closest Relative

Recently The Daily Show ran a sketch in which "John Oliver meets two professors arguing over which monkey is man's closest relative."

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Even though one of these professors is clearly a crackpot, this bit reminded me of H. G. Wells' classic sf story, "The Moth -- Genus Novo", in which a scientific rivalry has an unexpected outcome. Of course Wells' tale isn't comedic, and could actually be seen as a prototype of the kind of story that came to typify the later Twilight Zone TV show.

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