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The 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.

On 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.

Adam M. Spiegel, AB'83
River Forest, Illinois

The 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.


 

 


  DECEMBER 2001

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