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    Poor thing. The brainpan of bovines is right at the back of the skull, so it's lost its jaw and sensory organs and probably suffered no brain damage. Hopefully someone put it out of its misery.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2012
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    Wow. I did not know that about cows.

    It seems pretty calm. Would it not be in a lot of pain?
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2012
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    probably in a huge amount of shock (if cows can be? :/)
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    Count down until that finds its way into the subject of a hentai/fetish video in 4...3...2....
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    OM NOM NOM

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    @Wood: Augh. What the fresh hell is that thing?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2012
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    @Trini_naenae

    Well, like it says at the article I linked, it's Atretochoana eiselti :
    A. eiselti is the largest tetrapod to lack lungs, double the size of the next largest.Caecilians such as Atretochoana are limbless amphibians with a snake-like body, marked with rings like that of earthworms. It has significant morphological differences from other caecilians, even the genera most closely related to it, despite the fact that those genera are aquatic. The skull is very different from those of other caecilians, giving the animal a broad flat head. Its nostrils are sealed, and it has an enlarged mouth with a mobile cheek. Its body has a fleshy dorsal fin.

    Most caecilians have a well-developed right lung and a relictual left lung. Some, such as Atretochoana's relatives, have two well-developed lungs. Atretochoana, however, entirely lacks lungs, and has a number of other features associated with lunglessness, including sealed choanae, and an absence of pulmonary arteries. Its skin is filled with capillaries that penetrate the epidermis, allowing gas exchange. Its skull shows evidence of muscles not found in any other organism. The Vienna specimen of Atretochoana is a large caecilian at a length of 72.5 centimetres (28.5 in), while the Brasília specimen is larger still at 80.5 centimetres (31.7 in). By comparison, caecilians range in length from 11 to 160 centimetres (4.3 to 63 in).
    • CommentAuthorstevefrank
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2012
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    It's very different and which type of snake it is...??
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    It's very different and which type of snake it is...??

    It's not a snake at all, it's a limbless amphibian.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2012
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    Hermit crabs migration! Or, alternatively, hermit crabs army launching the first offensive in the conquest of Dryland.



    I, for one, welcome our new crustacean overlords.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012
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    This thing showed up on my tumblr dash and i thought I should share because why should I be the only one to get nightmares?


    A, schmatic representing the linkages that form the feeding position of dragonfishes and utilization of the occipital-vertebral hinge to create high gape angles. B, head-on view of Malacosteus niger, demonstrating its hypothesized feeding position (sensu Günther & Deckert, 1959). ph, protractor hyoideus.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2012 edited
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    No link for this one unfortunately - the New Scientist news item it's based on doesn't seem to be online.

    Paratrechalea Ornata is a small spider living in South America. It shares its habitat with th closely-related species Paratrechalea Azul.

    Closely-related as in even the spiders seem to have trouble telling each other apart - which is a bit of a problem seeing as both species practise sexual cannibalism.

    Only when males approach females of the other species you just get plain old cannibalism.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012
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    But if they are not of the same species, it's not cannibalism, is it ?
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    Keee-reckt. It's just predation.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012 edited
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    Heres' two articles about a mayfly and a spider respectively being preserved in amber with other insects (okay, arthropods) apparently hitching rides on their backs.

    http://phys.org/news/2012-10-million-year-old-amber-specimen-reveals-unknown.html

    http://phys.org/news/2011-11-hi-tech-scans-prehistoric-mite-hitching.html#nRlv

    Considering how rare it is for animals to be captured in amber and that the two samples are from 50 million years apart and involve totally different species this beheavior, which has never been observed in living specimens, is probably common.
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    Oh Malaysia, you have some of the weirdest fish out there.

    Here's some fine examples:



    Tasty.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2012 edited
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    I refuse to believe that his one is not photoshopped :



    Edit : It's not photoshopped, it's a sculpture by Juan Cabana.
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    Those Malaysian fish are great!