Magazine continues to improve issue by issue, with excellent
articles and style. There is one error in the October issue, however,
which I would like to point out.
page 50, there is a brief discussion of Fred L. Soper, MD'18,
and his work ("Between the Lines") involving the attempt
to eradicate malaria. There is a very nice photograph accompanying
this discussion, which purports to be of a mosquito, but in reality
is the fossilized impression of a dragonfly, which is a natural
predator of the mosquito. The dragonfly fossil is preserved in
the fine-grained limestone of the Solenhofen quarries of Germany,
from which many excellent fossils have been recovered. The Solenhofen
quarries are especially noted for their preservation of soft-bodied
creatures, which rarely get preserved as fossils.
M. Spiegel, AB'83
River Forest, Illinois
editor, having never looked at a mosquito longer than it takes
to swat one, did not notice that the Magazine's online
image service had mistakenly let a dragonfly loose in its mosquito
files. Mea culpa.-Ed.