Giant earthworms

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Tue Apr 15 00:16:35 EST 1997


> I am a molecular researcher studying the break-up of Gondwana ... A
> group that appears particularly interesting is the giant earthworms of
> the Southern continents ...

A 1960's biographical entry for  W. B. Benham (1860-1950) makes ironic
reading today.

"For Benham, like others before him, land bridges rose and fell at the 
dictate of earthworms, which he believed to be infallible evidence of 
terrestrial migration routes."

And,

 "the theories of Antarctic and South American land links with New 
Zealand and other southern lands, which Benham so stoutly defended, find 
little support today."

H. B. Fell wrote that in 1966.

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  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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