New species of lizard discovered

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Little Idiocies
Published on 10/10/05 @ 09:02:00 pm using 292 words, and has 1357 views

There's a news story that just showed up on Yahoo about an hour ago describing the discovery of a new species of tiny geckolike lizard. This new and apparently endangered species of lizard is about 1.5 inches in length, and was discovered in the Caribbean by Avila University professor Robert Powell.

The Yahoo article states that professor Powell discovered the lizard, "after being tipped off about its existence." The article goes on to say that "The Rev. Bob de Silva, an amateur naturalist from St. Vincent who had visited Union Island, had been the only person to ever report seeing the geckolike lizard, and told Powell about it."

Sooo... umm... didn't the Rev Bob de Silva actually discover it? After all, the university professor didn't seem to know anything about it until he was 'tipped off' by de Silva.

Continuing on, the article reads: "The wonderful thing about Bob Powell is what he does with his research, said Sister Marie Joan Harris, Avila provost." Yes, it sounds like he lets other people do the research for him, and then takes credit for it...

Anyway, read the article for yourself:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051010/ap_on_sc/nameless_lizard. The prof apparently needs the attention.

Oh, and in case there's any question about the official definition of the word "discover":
dis·cov·er - To be the first, or the first of one's group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.

The key here is the guy who saw it 'first', not the guy who showed up late and was tipped off by the guy who saw it 'first'. Dig it?

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2 comments

Comment from: Alicia [Visitor]  
Alicia

:-O

05/07/08 @ 09:40
Comment from: Andrew Hreschak [Member]  

:p hehehe
I hear there are lizards being discovered on a regular basis in Rio de Janeiro as well. :)

05/07/08 @ 14:51