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This blog is dedicated to the proposition that Sir Thomas North wrote the literary source plays that William Shakespeare merely adapted for the stage.  This will be exposed in a new book on the life of Thomas North.

About the author: Dennis McCarthy is the author of one of the most critically acclaimed science books of 2009/2010: “Here Be Dragons / How the study of animal and plant distributions revolutionized our views of life and Earth” (Oxford University Press.) It is the first work to introduce the subject of biogeography (the intersection of evolution and geography) to the general public and many reviewers highlighted the works’ ability to transform the way we see the world. “Science News” described it as “fascinating and revelatory;” “Science Magazine” declared, “we will never look at the world in the same way again.” And “The Huffington Post” described it as “a grand time-and-space voyage of the imagination, the drift of continents, the appearance and rise and fall and extinction of new species, the human story with all its tragedy and complexity… Read this one, a great pleasure, and if geologic time and space in the history of life are new for you, at the end of the book you will be someone different.” McCarthy may also be the only researcher to have published papers in the leading journals of such widely divergent subjects as geophysics, biogeography, and English literature. His 2007 paper for “The Journal of Geophysical Research” was the first to provide the correct explanation for the global distribution of continents and oceans, and became the subject of a number of news reports around the globe. “Der Spiegel Online” noted that the “study surprises the professional world.” McCarthy’s soon-to-be-published book on Thomas North hopes to do for Shakespeare what his prior works have done for the studies of life and Earth.  McCarthy is currently a scientific researcher with the Buffalo Museum of Science and sits on the editorial board of “Biogeography & Systematics.” He lives near Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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