Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Eager to ferret out the details of how biotic diversity emerged from pre-biotic materials, the evolutionist pondered the rammage of available taxonomic trees, wondering whether partial data would guide him to the light of a full and accurate account or else confine him to wandering the grays of his Holy Grail's penumbra. (by Rudi)

3

Araminta applied the biotic agent to the invisible ink and made the tangled ramage of her family tree visible so that she could ferret out the branch that led back to the great poet, but found to her consternation that he was not an ancestor at all but belonged merely to the shadowy penumbra of collateral relatives. (by pbwoodruff)

2

After some fevered rummaging in the cellars, Frankenstein at last ferreted out the essential biotic without which his creature would remain a torpid hulk; a tuberous, fetid biotic to be disinterred only from beneath that caliginous penumbra ill-begotten by the gaunt outreaching ramage that shrouded his castle's crumbling fortifications. (by Et Seqq)

1

The forest floor was littered with the ramage of thousands of Picea, which had clearly succumbed to biotic factors - parasitism and disease in this case - although they may first have been weakened by higher levels of pollutants and climate change, so that those trying to save the remaining spruce trees entered a gray area where science was shadowed by politics and in that penumbral murk had to try to ferret out a remedy. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Saturday, June 05, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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