Sunday, September 16, 2007

Eva Crane, R.I.P.

I expect the Shutterwi's home to be draped in black crepe paper when they read this obit. I suppose we'll have to put up with black armbands for awhile, as well.
For more than a half-century Dr. Crane worked in more than 60 countries to learn more and more about honeybees, sometimes traveling by dugout canoe or dog sled to document the human use of bees from prehistoric times to the present. She found that ancient Babylonians used honey to preserve corpses, that bees were effectively used as military weapons by the Viet Cong, and that beekeepers in a remote corner of Pakistan use the same kind of hives found in excavations of ancient Greece.

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