Friday February 6th 2015
With respect to Eric's
Nativity Scene I've been giving thought to the important
role of an Eocene Authenticity Committee. And I think we
should all remember that the Eocene was the second of
five epochs in the Tertiary Period of the planet earth.
The Continents had pretty much sorted themselves into a
recognizable configuration. India was a large Island,
Himalayas were a twinkle in India's eye. There were no
Alps, Europe was an archipelago. Not surprisingly
The British Islands were pretty much as they are today.
So it was a very different time and we can't have things
like electric train sets or rubber Lemurs or plastic
palm trees or any Non-Eocene Creatures or products
anywhere near the scene.
worth remembering that by the late middle part of the Eocene
there were Anthropoids in Africa, and there were Anthropoids
in that part of the world that used to be called Burma.
Burma has an odd spelling today, so I'm not going to risk
it. But generally amongst the less jingoistic professionals,
the opinion is that Mrs. X, who would have been an
Anthropoid, built her nest in Africa, where during the
Eocene average temperatures rarely departed from a day time
high of around 95 F with night time lows in the upper 70 F
range. And to better understand what that sort of climate
means, a Gardener could grow three crops of Desiree Potatoes
a year, and there'd be none of this nonsense about stocking
things up for winter. So bails of hay anywhere near Eric's
Nativity Scene would be a gross infringement of Eric
Nativity Scene Rules.