Tag Archives: Spain

FISHERMEN SEE THE LIGHT

November 2007

Without succumbing to national or professional prejudices, I’m sure you’ll agree that the last place you’d expect to hear a call for sustainable fishing would be from a Spanish fishing village. Fishermen from the Gallician village of Lira have realised that there is a future in fishing, as long as the sea is protected from over-exploitation.

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EUROPE 1.8 MY AGO – BBC GETS IT WRONG?

November 2007

Giant hyenas, giraffes and sabretooth cats roamed around Southern Spain 1.8 MY ago. A great collection of fossils have been unearthed at Fonelas in Granada.

BBC article. Scroll down the BBC page – what’s wrong with the picture of the sabretooth?

Highlight from here to the bottom of the post to read the answer: The upper canines were behind the lower canines – just like in a modern cat. This doesn’t look anywhere near as scary, so most modern pictures of sabretooths – and indeed, prehistoric images – have the big upper teeth at the front.

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