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Descriptive details are also sometimes offered, and Gentry's descriptions are more than occasionally artful. " Paul Martin's name appears on a number of sheets, but his descriptions are perfunctory. Delonix data 21 Nov 1 9 6 5 collected by Paul S. " I ask. "I was there to visit Louis Leakey. " "Africa and Pleistocene Overkill" by Paul S. Martin was published in Nature one year later. This paper officially launched the idea that rapid colonization of the New World by humans ("fluted-point hunters") who had migrated across the Bering Land Bridge less than fifteen thousand years ago was the reason that mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, glyptodonts, horses, camels, liptoterns, notoungulates, and other large mammals went extinct in the Western Hemisphere.
One way or another, avocado and gomphotheres became mutualists. And if not exactly the gomphotheres, then maybe the giant ground sloths or notoungulates like toxodon forged the extravagance of avocado fruits. " Sometimes it is prudent to hypothesize that the trait in question is, at least to some degree, anachronistic, and then to search for missing partners. Evolutionary ghost stories offer the best causal explanations forborne botanical and zoological puzzles. They also entertain our story-loving minds.
For all these reasons, the fruit of Crescentia alata does indeed qualify as a neotropical anachronism. The pod of a legume tree, Enterolobium cyclocarpum, was the candidate anachronism subjected to the most rigorous testing. Janzen reported his results in a pair of papers published in the journal Ecology just a few months before the anachronism hypothesis appeared in Science. * He conducted the research during the summers of 1978 and 1979. Experimentation was simple but labor intensive. Janzen fed pods of the guanacaste tree (commonly known as monkey ears) to ranch horses under carefully controlled conditions.