It is a notorious poser, and perpetual irritant to the people of Belgium.
Is it possible to name 10 famous Belgians?
Of course it is, and you don't need to rely on the fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Tintin for answers. But now parlour gamers can add a new candidate to their lists.
Thanks to DNA analysis, we learn that the Orkney vole also hails from the coast of what is now Belgium, although predating the formation of that country by around 4,900 years.
The Orkney vole, you ask? In fact it is pretty famous to ecologists, for the genetic diversity of its sub-species, which vary much more than their European cousins. Famous now, too, for what it tells us about neolithic farmers and maritime trade routes.
The vole joins the ranks of other lowly but historically educational species, such as the Spanish snail, whose presence in Ireland revealed much about the diets of human migrants 8,000 years ago.
There are more examples, but naming those is a whole new parlour game.
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