New York, a great place for hiding out!

(at least for a few million years) Researchers have announced the discovery of an entirely new genus and species in the Ramble in Central Park.

"We didn't know what was out there," Ms. Johnson said. "We wanted to see who's out there in the spring, who's out there in the fall and the summer."
[sounds like so many guys I know, and they're all naturalists themselves in their own special way] Actually the new genus is a centipede, certainly a disappoinment to most readers, but oddly exciting for those who read further.
"I was astonished," Dr. Hoffman said. The odds against it surviving in a densely populated city — and, in particular, the constant trampling of millions of Central Park visitors — were astronomical, he said.

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"Nobody in Manhattan is native. Exotics have displaced native North American species, just like we did the Indians."

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Ms. Johnson said the discovery of Nannarrup hoffmani gives new reason to appreciate the virtues of natural mess in parks.

"If they rake all the leaves, remove all the fallen twigs and branches, new species — and the regular guys — will not survive," she said. "The whole system will cease to function. We need to appreciate unmanicured nature."

Could we just as easily be talking about people after all?

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the rambles were created to act as a screen, a diferent way of seeing and interacting with people, in blurs, and surprise meetings at the twist in a trail. this is in direct contrast to the promenade which lies directly south of the rambles, where the point is to see and be seen. these two areas could not be further apart in the way people interact. it is quite genius. the current fear of underbrush further defines the puritanical, police state in which i currently reside. too bad for the worms..