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Working in collaboration with the museum, Wheeler is finally realizing the project after all this time. more
Its characteristic white canopy was conceived as a "lightweight and dynamic structure which appears to float within the valley" and pays tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape. The roof rises and falls to create a sinuous outline around all four facades and at certain points, the form dips to almost touch the surface of a reflective pond surrounding the building.
The findings offer an unusual glimpse into a murky period of human development, since the abundance of house mice teeth seems to track with our nomadic ancestors’ early experiments in settling down.
That makes the new study “a nice example of how house mouse research can be helpful for studying our own history,” says Miloš Macholán, an evolutionary biologist and co-author of The Evolution of the House Mouse.