Hodgkin first visited the planet Loracus Prime as part of a science survey mission. As he noted in his log, the native termite life of Loracus was remarkably similar to that of Earth, Vulcan, and several other Class M worlds.
He initially considered the possibility that the termites were brought to Loracus by early space travelers,or even that they were a meteorite-borne species, but he quickly realized that Loracus Prime's location in the middle of the Gagarin Radiation Belt ruled out either possibility. In fact, travel to the Loracus star system had been all but impossible prior to the then-recent era of relative stability of Loracus Prime's star.
After carefully studying the termites' DNA, Hodgkin confirmed they were native to Loracus. Over the next decade and a half, Hodgkin slowly puzzled out the theory of parallel planetary development that would rock the biological world as profoundly as Charles Darwin's theory of evolution had centuries before. (ENT: "Strange New World")