yotg discussion with spoilers
hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Jan 10 16:08:53 EST 2001
>I have a belated two pennorth. One p says it could all be solved
>with a time travel plot. IE at some point some griffins descended
>from the ones Derk made go back and become their own
>ancestors! Two p says its not clear exactly where Derk got his
>ideas from -- he might have been trying to recreate an old recipe.
>That fits quite well with Hallie's idea too, that there is only one way
>to combine the genes to get the desired result of a griffin.
I don't think I was that clear about what I meant on this, and hadn't
the time to reply earlier, so I'm glad for your "belated" bringing it
What I think I meant to say was that a griffin IS a cross between an
eagle and a lion. But, assuming we accept the existence of such a
creature, then this would be a genetically determined fact. Just as
a dog IS a dog on genetic grounds, but we look at a dog being a dog
on some fuzzily based group of characteristics we can see. So a
griffin is this entity which is a griffin, but we just never think
that of it as having a genetic basis, because it's a "fabulous
creature", rather than one we usually think of in genetic terms.
Given the ability to fiddle magically with genetic material, Derk
_would_ get it right because a griffin is what he would produce when
he produced, er, a griffin. And your idea about trying to work with
an old recipe makes sense to me too. A griffin wasn't Derk's own
idea obviously, or it would have been something unknown in mythology.
>bothers me a bit though that Elda is the only one to have cat genes.
Yes, now that you mention it, that bothers me as well.
Hallie - who hasn't studied genetics for a looooong time now.
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