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Mushrooms of the Maya Mountains

The NY Times science reporting continues its tradition of excellence with this report on an expedition to the rivers and jungles of Belize, in search of new mushroom species. Yes, they found a bolete and a couple others. Yes, there are tens or hundreds of thousands of unknown species. No, they do not discuss the psychoactive teonanácatl mushrooms believed to have been part of Mayan religious practices. Yes, they dropped in by helicopter and hiked their way out. Science, Indiana Jones style!

It seems like a fun field to work in, and makes me a little wistful that I didn't stick with taxonomy and biochemistry years ago. OTOH, I'm lousy at actually spotting mushrooms in the field, and the real work of classification is only hinted at in the article. But on my next trip to Belize, I'm definitely looking for those boletes.

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gojutremere
Sep. 7th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
Go to Belize often Wolfgang?
the_monkey_king
Sep. 7th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
I wish. Mostly, I dream of Belize, read about it in, and I'll soon be running a Cthulhu campaign in the region. The closest I've actually been to Belize was a trip to the Yucatan many years ago.

I'd go to Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Xel Ha, and so on again in a heartbeat.
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