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And the winner is...

Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 03:00 PM



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Thanks to everybody who voted and helped name our common ancestor!

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Comments [9]

Ms. Krüger from Germany

@ Sorenden: No. The point is, that our ancestor is dead (the particular species) and alive (its genes in all mammals) at the same time! I think, it's a wonderful methaphor and fits quite well.

May. 07 2013 10:09 AM
Sorenden from New York City

So, the whole point of the Schroedinger reference is that no one has found physical remains of the beastie? So what happens when they do -- we change its name? This whole exercise makes no sense. Radiolab should do a show about the processes and emotions behind it.

Meanwhile, on Attenborough's Ark this evening, I learned about a rare but still extant insect-hunter called Selenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), a "shrewlike" creature that scampered under the feet of T-Rex. Closest thing I've seen yet to the placental prototype. I wonder if anyone proposed "Mother Selena."

Apr. 22 2013 01:33 AM
Rahel Sewell from Ojai, California

As much as I like the name itself, I must agree with Elle. Schrodinger was awesome, but his work didn't have much to do with evolution. A pun on Darwin or Carolus Linnaeus would have been much more appropriate.
However, I suppose that I shouldn't complain. "Shrewdinger" is much better then "Mancestor."

Apr. 06 2013 06:20 PM

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

not the best of the best of choices, but the better one in the last round.

Apr. 06 2013 05:56 AM

Completely agree with Elle. That's why I voted against Shrewdinger every single round.

Apr. 05 2013 11:22 AM
John W Berger from Calgary

I can see the confusion with Erwin Schrodinger, yet the idea of a shrewd dinger shrew surviving by outwitting the dinosaurs makes a bit of sense if we go back far enough along the lineage. I tried but could not come up with a catchy term for a monkey that lost his home in the trees and was forced to wander the grass lands and survive in the open.

Apr. 05 2013 10:36 AM
Julia D.


Apr. 05 2013 12:11 AM

Evolutionary uncertainty at work, miLady Elle. Since there is no way to conclusively prove whether this wee beastie is a direct progenitor at the moment; it both is, and is not. Perhaps?

Apr. 04 2013 07:05 PM


Not sure what Erwin Schrodinger has to do with mammalian evolution.

Apr. 04 2013 04:42 PM

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