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Tongue Stones An Evolution Story Told by Patrick Staley
Presentation Outline Legend to Science Why Use Tongue Stones to Study Evolution Parts and Features Environment Specific Evolutionary Lines
Magical Properties Counter-Act Toxins Snake Bite Dip in Wine
Folklore Eerily well-polished when dug up Petrified tongues of serpents, a creature associated with the devil. Medieval practice to dip a tonguestone in a glass of wine.
Japanese Legend Thumbnails of Tengu Man, a mythical mountain goblin with a Pinnochio-like long nose.
More Legends Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79), a great Roman naturalist, believed that they fell from the sky during lunar eclipses.
Saint Paul on Malta Many tongue stones on Malta Saint Paul shipwrecked on Malta in AD60. Saint Paul was bitten by a snake. Turned the tongues of serpents into stone.
Nicholas Steno In 1666 fishermen caught a giant shark. The local duke ordered that this curiosity be sent to Ncholas Steno. Steno is an anatomist. Steno dissected the shark. The shark teeth resembled tongue stones. Paleontology is Born.