reconstructing PPs

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Subject: reconstructing PPs
From: "John Clifton-Everest" <>
Date: 2 Feb 1998 11:04:37 +1100
                           Subject:                         Time:   10:38 AM
                           reconstructing PPs               Date:   2/2/98

Back in the 30's a certain German leader of much notoriety conceived the idea
of reconstructing the aurochs, the aggressive wild ox of the north European
forests in antiquity, now long extinct. In Rome, these creatures were
sometimes used to gore Christians in public when the populace got tired of
watching lions.   The much unlamented German seems to have thought them a
bovine version of his blond, blue-eyed dream of vigour.  He tried
interbreeding Hungarian steppe-cattle, the remnant wild-cattle from Poland,
Frisian heifers, and a few other things I don't recall.  Some of the results
are preserved in the zoo at Munich, and anything more ridiculously docile you
couldn't imagine.  Perhaps genetic reconstruction a la Jurassic Park from a
preserved bird-louse would offer a better chance for the Paradise Parrot.
John Clifton-Everest

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