Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stick the landing

Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) are so agile that they've lent their generic name to a rarely-used word—oreamnosis—for leaping adroitly, whether that be physical leaping or metaphorical leaping, as from idea to idea. (For a quadruped whose preferred habitat includes sheer cliffs, it pays to be sure-footed.) But clearly their Capra cousins are no slouch, either.

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