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Old 17-06-2012, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by [1ponders] View Post
Zebraskin fontima (I think that's how it spelt) Picked up from a Sci-fi book (can't remember which one) Thick headed lumber beast that has trouble distinguishing between rocks and vegetation to eat.
Close Paul. Creatures called Zabriskan fontema appear in Doc Smith's "First Lensman".

"... The thing was certainly alive; it throbbed and vibrated with vitality: equally certainly, it was not very intelligent. But it had a definite consciousness of its own existence; and therefore, however tiny and primitive, a mind. Although its rudimentary ego could neither receive nor transmit thought, it knew that it was a fontema, that it must roll and roll and roll, endlessly, that by virtue of determined rolling its species would continue and would increase."
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