Strange Biology

cellardoornevermore:

aspacelobster:

styrac:

aspacelobster:

puke-ahontas:

cellardoornevermore:

lostbeasts:

Estemmenosuchus mirabilis was a 4-5m long Permian therapsid. It possessed large horns, and a fierce but mixed dentition, indicating that it was probably omnivorous. Fossilised skin impressions hav been discovered, and they show that this animal had smooth skin with no hair or scales. Because of its size it had a small surface to volume ratio, meaning that its body temperature remained relatively stable. This is mostly true for all other large Permian therapsids, and is key to their success.

I’ll always be bewildered to the fact that this was once alive.

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I KNOW RIGHT!

This is one of those restorations that I take with a massive grain of salt.

Don’t forget, a hippo skull looks like this:

Whilst an actual hippo’s head looks like this:

If the modern hippo had been alive back then and its skull was unearthed you KNOW the restoration of it would look crazy, and those teeth would stick outside the lips.

This seems like another example of palaeoartist restorations not realising that these animals had layers of fat and muscle and anything apart from a layer of skin.

You mean like this?


Haha yes! That’s amazing! Does go to show though!

Beautiful! Makes me want to draw more modern animals as they would be interpreted by someone who had only seen the bones. 
Anyone else interested in that stuff, I recommend cmkosemenillustratednyctopterus (John Conway), and Tetrapod Zoology (Darren Naish.) And this free book, All your Yesterdays! (Donations accepted)

12 hours of decellularizing a heart.
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12 hours of decellularizing a heart.

Cakes from The Conjurer’s Kitchen. You can actually buy chocolate skulls just like the ones on the cake at a site called Memento Mori. Could be where the cake artist got them.
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Cakes from The Conjurer’s Kitchen. You can actually buy chocolate skulls just like the ones on the cake at a site called Memento Mori. Could be where the cake artist got them.

The Ankole-Watusi is a breed of African cattle with enormous horns. Like many other animals with headgear, the horns are used for defense, mating, and to relieve their high body temperature. Blood is pumped into the honeycomb matrix inside their horns, where it is cooled off by wind. 

The first photo is by Miloš Anděra.

Three cows (female cattle) in a fight by RLBarn on Flickr. They are only trying to establish dominance, not really hurt each other.

A herd photographed by Charles Hood of Antelope Valley College.

Mama and Calf from Beef Magazine.

Photo by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

Lurch set the world record for largest steer horns. They are 3 feet in circumference, 7 feet long, and 100 pounds each. 

CT Woodie set the record for largest circumfrence of horns in a bull. His horns were uneven and in two out of the three photos I have seen of him, he was standing like that.

mementomoriuk:

I have a non ceremonial shrunken head for sale, please only serious enquiries to mattaeusball@gmail.com

Tumblr is best place to shop. I’d like to know the story behind this!
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mementomoriuk:

I have a non ceremonial shrunken head for sale, please only serious enquiries to mattaeusball@gmail.com

Tumblr is best place to shop. I’d like to know the story behind this!

At The Great Bull Run in Pleasanton, California.
The Great Bull Run is modeled after The Running of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, except the bulls in this one (and 8 steers) have not had their horns filed to a point, are trained not to run into people, run on dirt instead of cobblestone, and they are not killed at the end of the event. They only run for about 100 meters each time, and there were 4 runs in the day. Still, 1,749 people signed the change.org petition to stop the event, and about ten animal rights protesters were present with signs.I believe the man in the sombrero wasn’t hurt much. One man was knocked unconscious but was able to walk off the track afterward with assistance from paramedics and a bloody face. 
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At The Great Bull Run in Pleasanton, California.

The Great Bull Run is modeled after The Running of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, except the bulls in this one (and 8 steers) have not had their horns filed to a point, are trained not to run into people, run on dirt instead of cobblestone, and they are not killed at the end of the event. They only run for about 100 meters each time, and there were 4 runs in the day. Still, 1,749 people signed the change.org petition to stop the event, and about ten animal rights protesters were present with signs.

I believe the man in the sombrero wasn’t hurt much. One man was knocked unconscious but was able to walk off the track afterward with assistance from paramedics and a bloody face. 

In the face of food insecurity and poverty, about a third of food produced globally is thrown away and not eaten. In Britain, it is estimated that 40% of produce is thrown away because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards. (Read: it’s too ugly.)In response to this, and the fact that 2014 is the EU’s “European year against Food Waste, the French supermarket chain Intermarché has launched a campaign called “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” (Les Fruits et Légumes Moches) in which they sell their oddly-shaped foods that would otherwise be thrown away by a farmer.The food is 30% cheaper, and each store sold an average of 1.2 tons of the food in the first 2 days.Bonne idée!
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In the face of food insecurity and poverty, about a third of food produced globally is thrown away and not eaten. In Britain, it is estimated that 40% of produce is thrown away because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards. (Read: it’s too ugly.)
In response to this, and the fact that 2014 is the EU’s “European year against Food Waste, the French supermarket chain Intermarché has launched a campaign called “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” (Les Fruits et Légumes Moches) in which they sell their oddly-shaped foods that would otherwise be thrown away by a farmer.The food is 30% cheaper, and each store sold an average of 1.2 tons of the food in the first 2 days.
Bonne idée!

Oceanic shipping lanes cross through blue whale feeding grounds, and several whales have been injured and killed by crossing ships.This is a photo of an Oregon State University vessel examining the carcass of a whale killed in collision with a ship.
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Oceanic shipping lanes cross through blue whale feeding grounds, and several whales have been injured and killed by crossing ships.
This is a photo of an Oregon State University vessel examining the carcass of a whale killed in collision with a ship.

Spider web at The Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California.
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Spider web at The Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California.

This tree grows 40 different types of stone fruit each and every year.It was made by Sam Van Aken by grafting branches of different types of trees together. 
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This tree grows 40 different types of stone fruit each and every year.
It was made by Sam Van Aken by grafting branches of different types of trees together. 

strangebiology:

This came in an e-mail to members of a bio club at my school. Here was the accompanying text:

“Background: My brother, Daniel, was visiting a friend in Montana and touring through Glacier National Park. They were hiking up a CLOSED ROAD when they came upon this scene. It is evident that the mountain lion and bighorn sheep were fighting on the mountain and fell to their immediate death sometime during the struggle. Pay special attention to the mouth of the mountain lion…..as it still has sheep hide in its mouth!!!! ENJOY!”

"Stan" the life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex replica skeleton stands covered in pink flamingos at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.  The dinosaur is intended to remind Googlers not to let the company fall behind the curve and become outdated.

The final photo is a pile of cement with flamingos in it placed under Stan’s tail—making it look like he has eaten and pooped out the plastic birds.

Heart Decellularization
To reduce the incidence of organ rejection in transplant patients, some doctors will create “ghost hearts.” The idea is to flush all the cells from an organ, leaving nothing but a pale, white matrix of collagen and other structural proteins, in the shape of the organ. 
After this, the donor organ is repopulated with stem cells from the patient, and transplanted into the patient. This makes complication from infection and rejection much less likely, even when the organ is a xenograft, or from a different species. [x]
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Heart Decellularization

To reduce the incidence of organ rejection in transplant patients, some doctors will create “ghost hearts.” The idea is to flush all the cells from an organ, leaving nothing but a pale, white matrix of collagen and other structural proteins, in the shape of the organ. 

After this, the donor organ is repopulated with stem cells from the patient, and transplanted into the patient. This makes complication from infection and rejection much less likely, even when the organ is a xenograft, or from a different species. [x]

Contest entry for forgottenboneyard, who wanted a twist on their logo. This is a fossil thing that I make and you can get one here. Excuse the awful product photography…
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Contest entry for forgottenboneyard, who wanted a twist on their logo. This is a fossil thing that I make and you can get one here. Excuse the awful product photography…

operatory5:

Left femur of a confederate soldier, white male, exhibiting attempts atrepair of a gunshot fracture of the upper third. Private E.W. A, CompanyG, 5th Regiment, Florida. Physician unknown. Civil War, Gettysburg,Pennsylvania. Pathological specimen 1938.

To think this was inside a living person.

operatory5:

Left femur of a confederate soldier, white male, exhibiting attempts at
repair of a gunshot fracture of the upper third. Private E.W. A, Company
G, 5th Regiment, Florida. Physician unknown. Civil War, Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania. Pathological specimen 1938.

To think this was inside a living person.