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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. The expedition consisted of two ships under the command of Louis Antoine de Bougainville and was expected to take three years. A royal ordinance forbade women from being on French naval vessels; prejudice and custom prevented their participation in science. Nevertheless, Baret maintained her disguise all the time she was...


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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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