I recall reading a short story back in the 80's that featured some biologists who ran across a pack of carnivorous chipmunks in a national park.

They would gang-up on larger creatures, like owls, and devour them. At the book they drop from a tree and attack one of the main characters. It seems like he survives.

I am not certain where I would have read it, but it seems like it was in a school textbook.


It's called Evolution Never Sleeps, by Elisabeth Malartre, and it was first published in Asimov's in 1999, and later published in David Hartwell's anthology, The Year's Best SF 5 (where I read it). A plot summary is available here which matches your memory of the story.

  • I was also able to find the story online fairly easily, but I'm not sure if it's a legal copy of the text, so I won't post the link. – Niall C. Sep 12 '12 at 3:53
  • That does sound like it, but I could have sworn I had read it before 1999. I suppose that everything before the turn of the century blurs together now... – S. Albano Sep 12 '12 at 4:18

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