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Some quick points to a first-time visitor:
– I started this website in 2010, at the age of eighteen, with the aim of broadly documenting the history of vertebrate life on earth in a series of short essays. My hopes of achieving this goal within a reasonable time frame (say, a few months) were entirely demolished once I finished my first article, which took weeks of research, spanned over two thousand words and dealt only with the evolution and biology of sea squirts.
– While I would certainly class myself as an enthusiast and a lover of life’s history, I freely admit that I have little formal experience/professional training in the fields of Geology, Zoology or Paleontology. My undergraduate training thus far has been primarily focused on Cell and Molecular biology. I will try my level best to substantiate my posts with citations from credible sources. Please feel free to point out any patently false claims I may have made in my posts.
– In my writings, I hope to convey a sense of the grandeur and the glory of the vertebrate story, from the emergence of the first chordates down to the coming of man. I want my readers to see past the names and the complicated terminologies. I want them to feel the rise and fall of animal empires and the passing of eons. A summer I spent reading The Decline And Fall of The Roman Empire by Edward Gibbons – a truly remarkable work of history and high literature – inspired me to try my own hand at historical writing. The history I picked to write on is one that has occupied my imagination for as long as I can remember . While I am not quite the wordsmith that Gibbons was, I hope I do my subject matter some justice.
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