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Rooooound 3 Shrew Voting!

Get in on the third round of ancestral bracket action

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 04:00 PM

There are only eight contenders left to name your ancestor. And Round Three starts... NOW!

Look at that bracket below! Things are heating up. Raise your hand if you think that Shrëwdinger v. Placentor is a brutal match-up. And I know Robert Krulwich is relieved to see that Furst is still in it...

TO VOTE: Scroll down to the names in the head-to-head survey. Pick your winners, and make sure you hit "DONE" to submit your answers.

Voting closes Friday, March 22, at 5PM.

And hey everybody -- almost 4,000 people voted in Round Two of March Mammal Madness. Let's push it to 5,000 for Round Three? I know there are a lot of brackets out there, but stay focused on your hypothetical common ancestor.

Vote it up:


PS: If the survey doesn't open in your phone or browser, you can vote here.


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Comments [8]


Personally, I am a fan of "Nova" as in new or inNOVAtive

Mar. 24 2013 01:17 PM

I never manage to vote before voting closes.

Mar. 22 2013 10:52 PM
Randall from New York

Oh, this is so wrong. References to Western popular culture should be out. Arguably so should plays on English. (Sorry Robert... does "Furst" actually mean anything other than "German noble" or a goofy spelling? Please stop lobbying!) Reference to her being the ancestor of Man are inappropriate. She's also the ancestor of every other Mammal. (Save "Mancestor" for the Missing Link.) "Nova" is so-o-o trite (e.g, Planet of the Apes). Despite the headline, she's hardly a shrew; she only LOOKS kind of like a shrew. That brings us down to "Placentor" and "GrandmammaL," both broadly appropriate and specific to her position on the tree of evolution. (Is there a hypothesis as to what reptile or dinosaur she descended from?) Unfortunately these names meet too soon.

Mar. 22 2013 05:45 PM

Add "Wombette" to your March Mammal Ancestor list, please.

Mar. 22 2013 09:56 AM

guys, if you want your name to win, do not vote for "Furst" because it is in the lead. If we can get it out now, any name can win!

happy contesting!

Mar. 21 2013 04:07 PM

Thanks so much!

Mar. 21 2013 04:06 PM

@cazard, Radiolab says: Campaign away!

Mar. 21 2013 12:31 PM

aaawwwh - Vol de Mort is out??!
pity, pity, pity...

are we newly mortals actually allowed to campaign?

Mar. 21 2013 07:48 AM

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