Mountain Gorillas and Terrible Hairy Flies

Your Curmudgeon always brings you the latest and greatest scientific information, and today is no exception. You’ll want to read both of these articles in their entirety, so we’ll give you only some brief excerpts, with bold added by us.

In the Guardian of London we read Mountain gorilla numbers soar. They say:

The number of mountain gorillas living in the Virunga Massif in central Africa has soared by 26.3% since 2003, according to a new census. The increase in numbers from 380 to 480 individuals is thanks to “immense” efforts to reduce poaching and disease, scientists said – but should not be read as a sign that the fight to save the highly endangered species is over.

We are pleased that our cousins seem to be doing so well. There’s also this:

Luckily, there is no appetite among local communities for gorilla meat, says [Eugène] Rutagarama [director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme].

That’s certainly good to hear. To our cousins in the Virunga Massif we say: Oook, oook!

Now we turn to the London Telegraph, in which we read Terrible hairy fly rediscovered. You can’t resist a story like that, can you? They say:

Dr Robert Copeland and fellow dipterist Dr Ashley Kirk-Spriggs found the fly, known as Mormotomyia Hirsuta, in its only known habitat, a cave-like rock cleft in Ukazi Hill east of Nairobi, Kenya.

All the neat news is coming out of Africa. Hey, there’s a small article on that species in Wikipedia. Here’s more from the Telegraph:

The spider-like fly is described as “strange, due to its relatively large size, the males of which can stretch over one centimetre its long legs and covering of yellow hairs, reduced eyes and its non-functional wings.”

“Since Mormotomyia cannot fly, there is a strong possibility that it is really restricted to this tiny habitat,” Dr Copeland said.

Perhaps it’s all for the best. Okay, dear reader. You have your assignment. Quiz tomorrow. Be prepared for this question: What did the designer — blessed be he! — have in mind when those two species were created?

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