About archaeoindri@yahoo.com

Indri was wearing black boots and eating Weetabix long before Spike was a twinkle in Joss Whedon's eye. BtVS fanfic is her only vice. Really.

You can email her here. Her LiveJournal is here.

About indri

Indri are lemurs, prosimians native to Madagascar. Their name reputedly means "There he is!" in a local language. Indri are possibly the largest living species of lemur. They have large, reflective eyes, very short tails, and a haunting call. They look like a cross between a teddy bear and a monkey.

You can learn more about indri indri here and here.

About archaeoindri

A still larger species of lemur, whose extinction coincided with the arrival of humans on Madagascar about a thousand years ago. Unfortunately, there are no good websites on archaeoindri: it's a fairly obscure beast. Known from only a couple of partial skeletons, I believe.

Why have I named myself after an extinct Madagascan prosimian?

Because once, when I was small, I picked up a book titled something like Great Supernatural Mysteries of the World, and it fell open to an illustration that frightened me for months. The picture was of a Lemurian, one of the stranger creatures of Madame Blavatsky's cosmology. Many years later, in an effort to conquer my (not very debilitating) fear of Lemurians, I learnt about lemurs. The indri, with their rudimentary tails, flat faces and relatively long legs, are the species which to my mind most closely resembles the sort-of-humanoid inhabitants of Blavatsky's mythical Lemuria.

And besides, there aren't many English-language nouns left to pick as Yahoo Mail usernames, so I had to pick something properly obscure.

Pity I can barely spell it.

An indri.