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Tastes Like Chicken?

by Joe Staton Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Photos by A. Kaswell The field of culinary evolution faces one great dilemma: why do most cooked, exotic meats taste like cooked Gallus gallus, the domestic chicken? It is curious that so many animals have a similar taste. Did each species evolve this trait independently or did they all [...]

Nabokov’s Theory on Butterflies Vindicated

Vladimir Nabokov was the curator of butterflies at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. The lifelong butterfly researcher posed a theory of butterfly evolution in 1945. He said butterflies came to the New World in five waves of migration, through Asia across the Bering Strait into Alaska and then southward through North and [...]

5 Things You Don’t Know About Vladimir Nabokov

You may know him as the author of such masterpieces as Lolita, Pale Fire, and Pnin, but how well do you know Vladimir Nabokov? Here are five things you might not have known about the man who described himself by saying, “I am an American author, born in Russia, educated in England, where I studied [...]