April 2007 Archives
Back in August 2006, a salamander blog posted a article about the extraction of DNA from fossils. Using a small bit of protein, scientists have reported in Scientific American magazine they have done just that and compared it with living organisms. Using protein taken from a fossil thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex, scientists were able to isolate seven amino acid sequences. Of the seven sequences, five were related to chicken, one to frog, and one a salamander.
Then, a couple nights later, I am clicking randomly through the channels and come across the movie "Matilda". Here again is the salamander. This time the salamander is used to illicit screaming and terror in the evil schoolmaster as she attempts to drink from a pitcher containing the salamander. I did some searching online to see if I could get a short clip of the movie but again came up empty. After searching I did find that "Matilda" was a popular kid's book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Roald Dahl is probably most famous as the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
I just realized as I was writing this blog entry that the general theme seems to be that salamanders can make people, in both cases the female variety, scream, especially when they are shoved in their face by a little boy or strategically placed in a pitcher of water.