Pamelia and I were talking last night about the number of people who don't see—or won't accept—that humans are part of nature, genetically linked to other living things. We'd had a wonderful visit at The Naturalist's Notebook just a few hours earlier from a man from the Jane Goodall Institute who loved our primate room, with its bonobo and human skeletons. As I write this, Pamelia is out in today's extra-low tide, observing and trying to photograph (despite the wave-whipping wind) some of our very, very distant cousins, the sea animals who live where scientists say our ancestors did several hundred million years ago.
Over the last week I've seen an amusing (and, to be sure, superficial) similarity between two groups of vastly different living creatures: ants excavating their catacomb world inside The Naturalist's Notebook's ant farm and human beings pushing dirt around with bulldozers to get London ready to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The ants are more fun to watch, but the Olympics will leave more lasting memories. Below are a sneak look at some of the London venues and an update on what's been happening at the Notebook during my week of blog silence.