A. M. King et al. wrote:It has adapted uniquely to the inhospitable terrain in which it
lives, in that its left ipsilateral pair of legs (membra thoracici
et pelvine sinistra) are considerably longer than its right ipsilateral
pair (membra thoracici et pelvine dextra), allowing it
to graze along the steep mountain slopes towards the rising
sun and move through the heather.
No, it's parallel evolution; the Welsh mountain sheep which is in a totally different family also has leg asymmetry. And that is the reason why wild haggises are so rare; if you chase them the “wrong way” round the hill, they overbalance very readily and are easily caught. You can tell they were the farmed variety in that article; they have been provided with a shiny skin, whereas the one we ate yesterday had a more natural‑looking skin.
Paul Clapham wrote:. . . So it's a member of the Sidehill gouger family, which is mostly limited to North America. . . . .
Mudst be at the western edge of a time‑zone. If I go to Flanders or Holland in summer, I am surprised by how late the sun seems to set; It is maybe earlier than I am used to at 54°, but the clocks are set an hour fast.I don't know what it would be like at La Coruña, but that is west of almost all of Britain and one timezone east of here.
Tim Holloway wrote:. . . the sun was still up at 10:00PM up in Syracuse. . . .
I would say youthful exaggeration; I used to get annoyed about going to bed at 7.00, but I think I was smaller then.
Tim Holloway wrote:. . . Allow for Daylight Savings and youthful exaggeration . . . full night in Syracuse at the Summer Solstice is at 11:06 PM . . .
It was the railways that even brought the minute into common use.
it was railroads that started the whole time zone thing to begin with!
Campbell Ritchie wrote:It was the railways that even brought the minute into common use.