Just for a change in direction, I have been musing about the dingo. For those who don't know it, it's the Australian native dog. Except that its not native, coming here perhaps 5,000 years ago.
Most Australians have never seen a dingo or, if they have, like me it's one in captivity.
The dingo occupies a special place in Australian folk lore for both the Aboriginal peoples and those who came later. Recently I have been trying to work out when the dingo got to Australia. Why? It's important in the later human history of this continent.
I guess that you can expect a few posts on the subject. Just a warning!
Commenter kvd pointed me to this link, Evolution Down Under, an American PBS story from a few years back. Although the reference to dingoes is tangential, it paints an interesting picture of evolutionary change on the Australian continent. For example, why weren't the Australian megafauna bigger?
If we look at recent time, the last 50,000 years or so, the big animal events before the introduction of domesticated and other animals by the European settlers were the extinction of the megafauna and then, much later, the arrival of the dingo. Both events still create a degree of controversy.