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Geinus yes , good guest no.
« on: October 19, 2011, 10:35:43 PM »
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz (1783-1840) was called "the Daniel Boone of Botany."

Although he was not appreciated during his lifetime, scholars now recognize his amazing contributions to science.

For example, his 5,400-line epic poem discussed a theory of evolution that predated Darwin's by more than 20 years.

And he was the first to classify over 100 species of plants and animals.

One such classification stands out among the rest. A gentleman who had welcomed Rafinesque into his house was awakened in the middle of the night by a tremendous clatter.

When he went to inspect the disturbance, he found a mostly-naked Rafinesque, wildly running about the room, swatting in the air with the handle of the host's favorite violin.

The disheveled houseguest was chasing bats, convinced that they belonged to an undocumented species.

They were.

And Rafinesque was the first to document them.

While spending the night in the house of John Jay Audobon.