"Handbook of Exobiology" était un ouvrage traitant d'exobiologie.

Le nom de ce livre est issu d'informations de production, la couverture non apparue à l'écran précise que celui-ci a été écrit par G. Thomas Emslie, PhD et illustré par Tim Mongi.

En 2151, Elizabeth Cutler de l'Enterprise NX-01 étudiait ce livre. (ENT: "Strange New World")

Termites of Loracus Prime

Pages 208-209 du livre

Extraits page 208 :

"Just as the finches of the Galápagos Islands provided the special biological clues that Charles Darwin used to develop the theory of evolution, the termites of Loracus Prime were the inspiration behind Hodgkin's law of parallel planetary development, the brainchild of biologist A.E. Hodgkin who first visited Loracus Prime as part of a science survey mission. As Hodgkin noted in his log, the native termite life of Loracus was remarkably similar to that of Earth, Vulcan and several other Class M worlds. At first, Hodgkin considered the possibility that termites were brought to Loracus by early space travelers, or even meteorite-borne species, but he quickly realized that Loracus Prime's location in the middle of the Gagarin Radiation Belt ruled out either possibility. Indeed, until the recent era of relative solar stability of Loracus's star, travel to the Loracus system was all but impossible.
After careful searching of the termites' DNA, Hodgkin determined that the genus was clearly native to Loracus, why then the amazing similarity to terrestrial termites? Over the next decade and a half, Hodgkin slowly puzzled out the theory that would rock the biological world as profoundly as Darwin's had some two centuries earlier."

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