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Can this book get it's own page? Edit
Just as the finches of the Galápagos Islands provided the
special biological clues that Charles Darwin used to
develop the theory of evolution, the termites of Loracus
Prime were the inspiration behind Hodgkin's law of
parallel planetary development, the brainchild of
biologist A.E. Hodgkin who first visited Loracus Prime as
part of a science survey mission. As Hodgkin noted in his
log, the native termite life of Loracus was remarkably
similar to that of Earth, Vulcan and several other Class M
worlds. At first, Hodgkin considered the possibility that
termites were brought to Loracus by early space
travelers, or even meteorite-borne species, but he
quickly realized that Loracus Prime's location in the
middle of the Gagarin Radiation Belt ruled out either
possibility. Indeed, until the recent era of relative solar
stability of Loracus's star, travel to the Loracus system was
all but impossible.
After careful searching of the termites' DNA, Hodgkin
determined that the genus was clearly native to
Loracus, why then the amazing similarity to terrestrial
termites? Over the next decade and a half, Hodgkin
slowly puzzled out the theory that would rock the
biological world as profoundly as Darwin's had some two
There's a cryptic saying about Eyewitness books, and I think the author, but is there a way we can get a page for this? After reading the legible version at TrekCore (which I've just found, silly me) it actually goes into some interesting detail about A.E. Hodgkin and Darwin's finches, etc.: - AJ Halliwell 05:30, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
- Absolutely cool find! I think I managed to identify the missing words and made some minor corrections to the text.
- Would have been cool if the text on the right page would be legible as well (Star Trek: The Experience maybe?), but at least we can make out the Loracus Prime spitting termite and the Loracus devil mite. --Jörg 10:01, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
- Update: Kobi pointed me to Geoffrey Mandel's homepage. The cover of the book and two pages can be seen here. Using that information, I created the page for the book, Handbook of Exobiology. --Jörg 12:54, 30 April 2006 (UTC)