Having a beef with the ox and the ass

You might like what my fellow blogger petrel41 at Dear Kitty says about Christmas nativity scenes’ origin. As if the Sceptical Prophet hadn’t debunked Xmas enough, we learn that ‘no donkeys, oxen, cattle or other farmyard friends’ were seen in the scene.

Apparently, when St Francis of Assisi presented the first Nativity scene a mere 1223 years after the birth it represents, he was overcome by emotion. I can relate to that.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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