May 08 2006

Peter Rabbit never told me

Published by at 10:01 am under General,retro

Interesting bit of trivia I heard in a podcast yesterday was that Beatrix Potter, the author and illustrator of Peter Rabbit, was the first person to discover that lichen are a symbiotic confluence of an algae and a fungus. She discovered it, drew some illustrations and published, but ‘nobody’ paid attention since she was a woman. Eventually, she did get credit after it was subsequently discovered again by a man. Old news, but new to me.

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