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2012-01-03 13:06:50

In 1766, Frenchwoman Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to work as assistant to renowned botanist Philibert Commerson on the first French circumnavigation of the globe.


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2006-07-12 14:13:20

Commerson's Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) is one of four dolphins in the Cephalorhynchus genus. This Dolphin species is also known as Skunk Dolphin and Piebald Dolphin. This dolphin is found in two distinct areas: around the southern tip of South America, Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and near the Kerguelen Islands in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. The dolphin is named for Philibert Commerson, who first described them in 1767 after he sighted them in the...

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pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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