Guinea Pig

Guinea pig UdineGiovanni Nanni (1487–1564)
(Giovanni de’ Ricamatori, Giovanni da Udine)

 

The earliest known written account of the guinea pig dates from 1547, in a description of the animal from Santo Domingo.
Based on excavations on West Indian islands, it seems that the animal must have been introduced by ceramic-making horticulturalists from South America to the Caribbean around 500 BC, and it was present in the Ostionoid period, for example, on Puerto Rico, long before the advent of the Spaniards.
The guinea pig was first described in the West in 1554 by the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner.

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15th Century Squirrel

udine squirrel

 Giovanni da Udine (1487–1564), Italian
 

 

 

Study Of A Flying Sparrow

Giovanni Nanni, also Giovanni de' Ricamatori, better known as Giovanni da Udine (1487–1564)

Giovanni Nanni, also Giovanni de’ Ricamatori, better known as Giovanni da Udine (1487–1564)

Carl Sagan, upon contemplating the rarity of life in the known universe said,

“The earth is a meadow in the sky . . .”
“If we ruin the earth, there is no place else to go”   ―

“Intelligence Is Nothing That Evolved Only Once”

Giovanni Nanni, also Giovanni de' Ricamatori, better known as Giovanni da Udine (1487–1564)

STUDY OF A PARROT, Giovanni da Udine (1487–1564)
Red chalk and gouache, pen and brown ink, black chalk and watercolour

 

Birds are capable of abstract logical reasoning, a trait previously shown only by [that is to say, previously noticed only in] primates.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/08/african-grey-parrots-have-the-reasoning-skills-of-3-year-olds/