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Oddities News Archive - October 03, 2011

Anthropologist Narrows Down History Of Animal And Human Relationship

Anthropologist Pat Shipman says that when our prehistoric ancestors began interacting with animals they developed empathy for them.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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