It’s a necessary effort to stop oneself from longing for the great men and women of the past, even just the past century.
The new fossils stem from a layer in the Nama Group of Namibia, just below an ash bed that could be radiometrically dated to 547.32 ± 0.65 million years.
Following Denyse O’Leary, I referred earlier to the curious but, on reflection, not surprising messy nature of the “magic” numbers that rule our universe.
If you’ve ever tuned a violin, you’ll know that the arrangement of the fine tuners on the tailpiece, once you’re done, looks arbitrary.
If you’re like me, you are watching current events unfold with a mix of dread and agitation. You are fascinated, can’t take your eyes off it.