Darwin-L Message Log 2:112 (October 1993)

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<2:112>From princeh@husc.harvard.edu  Thu Oct 21 17:42:13 1993

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1993 18:21:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: Patricia Princehouse <princeh@husc.harvard.edu>
Subject: Re: mss polymorphism/dog breeds
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

On Thu, 21 Oct 1993, S French wrote:

> Are the textbooks in fact referring to collies, (which are still
> very much around of course)?
> Steven French
> phl6sf@Leeds.ac.uk

You are undoubtedly right. In my eagerness to find out about an unknown
(to me) rare British coal mining terrier (not an unthinkable item as
surely there were rats in the mines, weren't there?), I overlooked the
obvious possibility that collier was simply a typo for collies (I'm
accustomed to seeing the name as a proper noun, Collie or Colley). I now
remember that Gould ends the article with a word about a new
reconstruction which puts "Eohippus" at @ 50 lbs (roughly Collie-sized) and
he makes some inane remark like "Lassie come home." I believe the Collie
example is his own, not in any textbook.

I guess I serve as an unwitting cultural analogue of a transcription error
causing a frame shift.
					-Patricia Princehouse

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