65 posts tagged awesome

8th July 2014
Southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius) are some of the coolest animals I have ever seen.This lovely lady tried to court me (probably because I was wearing shorts the color of their wattles).Their courting ritual is AWESOME. The females lower their heads under their bodies and vibrate their their entire torso, producing a sound kind of like a bass drum. This is supposed to entice the male, who will run towards the female with his neck parallel to the ground and crouch next to her. At this point, it is up to the female whether she mates with him or attacks him.

Southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius) are some of the coolest animals I have ever seen.
This lovely lady tried to court me (probably because I was wearing shorts the color of their wattles).
Their courting ritual is AWESOME. The females lower their heads under their bodies and vibrate their their entire torso, producing a sound kind of like a bass drum. This is supposed to entice the male, who will run towards the female with his neck parallel to the ground and crouch next to her. At this point, it is up to the female whether she mates with him or attacks him.

28th October 2013
"Lost World" Discovered in Remote Australia
Three new species were found on a recent expedition to the Cape Melville mountain range in northeastern Australia. The newly found Cape Melville leaf-tail gecko (Saltuarius eximius), Cape Melville shade skink (Saproscincus saltus), and blotched boulder-frog (Cophixalus petrophilus) are three herps previously undiscovered by science among several other animals found on the expedition that may be new to science. These species are expected to have existed in isolation for millions of years.
Read the whole story here. "Lost World" Discovered in Remote Australia
Three new species were found on a recent expedition to the Cape Melville mountain range in northeastern Australia. The newly found Cape Melville leaf-tail gecko (Saltuarius eximius), Cape Melville shade skink (Saproscincus saltus), and blotched boulder-frog (Cophixalus petrophilus) are three herps previously undiscovered by science among several other animals found on the expedition that may be new to science. These species are expected to have existed in isolation for millions of years.
Read the whole story here.

"Lost World" Discovered in Remote Australia

Three new species were found on a recent expedition to the Cape Melville mountain range in northeastern Australia. The newly found Cape Melville leaf-tail gecko (Saltuarius eximius), Cape Melville shade skink (Saproscincus saltus), and blotched boulder-frog (Cophixalus petrophilus) are three herps previously undiscovered by science among several other animals found on the expedition that may be new to science. These species are expected to have existed in isolation for millions of years.

Read the whole story here.

5th August 2013
Like crocodile ice fish, Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) produce special  proteins in their tissues and blood that behave as an antifreeze. They grow slowly, reaching sexual maturity between eight and ten years and growing up to 2.2 m in length. They’re typically found on the seabed, but will swim up to feed on a range of prey items from fish to prawns. Because it grows so large, it doesn’t have many natural predators outside of some toothed whales and elephant seals. Antarctic toothfish do not have swim bladders, rather they have light bones and high body fat contents, allowing them to achieve neutral buoyancy (their density matches the density of the water they inhabit).
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Like crocodile ice fish, Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) produce special  proteins in their tissues and blood that behave as an antifreeze. They grow slowly, reaching sexual maturity between eight and ten years and growing up to 2.2 m in length. They’re typically found on the seabed, but will swim up to feed on a range of prey items from fish to prawns. Because it grows so large, it doesn’t have many natural predators outside of some toothed whales and elephant seals. Antarctic toothfish do not have swim bladders, rather they have light bones and high body fat contents, allowing them to achieve neutral buoyancy (their density matches the density of the water they inhabit).

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3rd August 2013
People often classify anything small and crawly on land with more than four legs as an insect. In fact, there are plenty of non-insect arthropods that are quite common. Springtails (class Collembola) are a frequently overlooked class of arthropods. They have six legs and a fork-shaped jumping organ called a furcula that can be used like a spring to propel them away from predators. The family Poduridae encompasses the water springtails, the most common species of which is Podura aquatica, a minuscule little creature that may gather on the surface of water in such numbers that they appear to change the color of the water.
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People often classify anything small and crawly on land with more than four legs as an insect. In fact, there are plenty of non-insect arthropods that are quite common. Springtails (class Collembola) are a frequently overlooked class of arthropods. They have six legs and a fork-shaped jumping organ called a furcula that can be used like a spring to propel them away from predators. The family Poduridae encompasses the water springtails, the most common species of which is Podura aquatica, a minuscule little creature that may gather on the surface of water in such numbers that they appear to change the color of the water.

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4th April 2013
"Shark-tooth weapons once used for warfare in the Central Pacific suggest that two extinct shark species used to populate the area, a new study says.
Joshua Drew from Columbia University in New York and colleagues from the Field Museum in Chicago scoured natural history museums for the spiky swords, as well as clubs, daggers, lances and spears. The teeth lashed to this sword with coconut fibers and human hair offer evidence of past ecosystems, before written records….”
“‘Had we never done this work, nobody would have ever known that these things ever existed there. It had been erased from our collective memories that these sharks once plied these waters,’ said Drew. 
'I just wanted to do something cool and different,' said Drew, now at Columbia University. 'I just wanted to go down and look at really cool stuff. We were just going to see what was there.'”
(Article)

"Shark-tooth weapons once used for warfare in the Central Pacific suggest that two extinct shark species used to populate the area, a new study says.

Joshua Drew from Columbia University in New York and colleagues from the Field Museum in Chicago scoured natural history museums for the spiky swords, as well as clubs, daggers, lances and spears. The teeth lashed to this sword with coconut fibers and human hair offer evidence of past ecosystems, before written records….”

“‘Had we never done this work, nobody would have ever known that these things ever existed there. It had been erased from our collective memories that these sharks once plied these waters,’ said Drew. 

'I just wanted to do something cool and different,' said Drew, now at Columbia University. 'I just wanted to go down and look at really cool stuff. We were just going to see what was there.'”

(Article)

3rd March 2013
Belonging to the subclass Branchiura, members of the family Argulidae are commonly called fish lice. Their mouth parts are modified for sucking, enabling these parasites to feed on marine or freshwater fishes. A fish infested by them may get fungal infections or even die. Fish lice have a cephalothorax (the head fused with the first thoracic segment), a three-segmented thorax, and a two-lobed abdomen. Pictured is Argulus foliaceus, belonging to the largest genus in the family.
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Belonging to the subclass Branchiura, members of the family Argulidae are commonly called fish lice. Their mouth parts are modified for sucking, enabling these parasites to feed on marine or freshwater fishes. A fish infested by them may get fungal infections or even die. Fish lice have a cephalothorax (the head fused with the first thoracic segment), a three-segmented thorax, and a two-lobed abdomen. Pictured is Argulus foliaceus, belonging to the largest genus in the family.

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