Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Iberian lynx is a specialist carnivore that subsists almost exclusively on rabbits. An adult male requires one rabbit a day; a female with cubs needs three to five. Until recently this made perfect evolutionary sense on the Iberian peninsula. Rabbits were so abundant that more than 30 species preyed on them. One linguistic theory holds that the word EspaƱa is derived from an ancient Phoenician name meaning Land of Rabbits.
Northwest Semitists, what do you think?

(From a Telegraph article on the lynx. My emphasis.)