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  •  Well, there is the moose and the grizzly bear. (6+ / 0-)

    Those should have shut up the French scientist.

    "A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." Anon from a fortune cookie I got.

    by coloradocomet on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:57:09 AM PDT

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    •  Great minds... (5+ / 0-)

      (My emphasis)

      Clearly offended, Thomas Jefferson (who stood 6-foot-2) constructed elaborate tables comparing American species with their puny Old World counterparts—three-and-a-half pages of bears, bison, elk and flying squirrels going toe-to-toe. In the early 1780s, he wrote that the mammoth, "the largest of terrestrial beings," should have "stifled in its birth" Buffon's notion "that Nature is less active, less energetic on one side of the globe than she is on the other. As if both sides were not warmed by the same genial sun; as if a soil of the same chemical composition was less capable of elaboration into animal nutriment." When Jefferson sailed to Paris in 1784 to represent the new United States, he packed "an uncommonly large panther skin" with the idea of shaking it under Buffon's nose. He later followed up with a moose. (Buffon promised to amend his errors in the next edition of his book, according to Jefferson, but died before he could do so.)

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