About 11,000 years ago, the area that is now La Brea in Los Angeles housed tar pits, in which animals such as mammoths would get trapped. They would die from starvation, exhaustion, or predation, and sink into the tar. Often carnivorous animals would hear their cries and try to attack the trapped animal, only to find themselves trapped as well.
Welcome new followers! I have no time right now, as I’m working pant-suited in an office in San Francisco and coaching track after work. So I will try my hardest to get some content out, but until I get a few solitary moments to write some things, enjoy this very old post on Münchausen! It has to do with tumblr, and I highly recommend reading it.
I think something about the rain attracted this squirrel, who came and gnawed on all my antlers and my bull skull! Maybe I’ll move my clean skulls inside, but until then these skulls will be on this old fountain in a little fake pond.
After poking their heads out and beginning to breathe, neonate carpets will typically hang out in the egg for a couple of days (give or take) while they absorb what’s left of their egg yolk. The snake at right had actually swallowed its own tail all the way up to the umbilical cord (about 1/3 of its body). Via here
A never-seen-before illustration from All Yesterdays, my book with John Conway and Darren Naish. Yes, these are “shrink-wrap” reconstructions of birds again. A pelican and a shoebill stork as interpreted by clueless future palaeontologists.
Someone pointed out that these future paleontologists would be able to determine that these animals had feathers because they would be able to compare them to other birds. Yes, however it is potentially possible that in the future there would be no birds to which to compare them, and all avians would be reconstructed as weird, creepy bald monsters.
A 120 million-year-old example of polycephaly, found in China in 2006. This is a bizarrely two-headed fossil of a newborn Hyphalosaurus, a member of a group of extinct semi-aquatic reptiles known as choristoderes.
Hyphalosaurus lived in freshwater lakes, and their remains are so numerous that their entire lifespan is represented from embryos to fully grown adults. Females have even been found with developed embryos still inside their bodies, showing that they gave birth to live young.
These were all created by Blackmilk clothing, which also offers tons of other cool dresses, leggings and swimsuits based on musculature, bones, pop culture, literature, art etc. But each will set you back about $100.
I’ve found these things on a few other websites for mad cheap, but I don’t really trust them, with the exception of Amazon. I think I’ll be getting the bones; don’t think I have the guts to rock that middle one.