Chinese Sparrow Experiment

Elizabeth Jaffee jaffee at
Sat Sep 17 04:42:14 EST 1994

(David Johnston) daj (daj at wrote:
: In a similar vein, I once heard a story that the shellfish fishermen in the 
: Channel Islands were concerned that their catches were being threatened by 
: the local starfish populations. So, everytime they trawled up a starfish, 
: they ripped it in half and threw the halves back!!!!

: David A. Johnston
: Dept of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,
: South Kensington, London SW7 5DB. England
: (tel 071 9389297, fax 071 9388754, email daj at

Arrghh! Sorry about coming in late but based on this post I would like to 
know what the Chinese Sparrow Experiment was.  I am interested in these 
kinds of stories to tell me students.  I think they are illustrative of 
what can happen when you know only enough to get yourself in trouble.  
Thanks to anyone who will help.

Roy Cutler
jaffee at
rcutler at
73554.1155 at

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