Strange Biology
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  The dinosaur is intended to remind Googlers not to let the company fall behind the curve and become outdated.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.

fossilera:

A fossil Alligator Gar (Atractosteus garneri) from the 47 million year old Messel Oil Shales of Germany.  The scales shine with an amazing iridescence.  This site has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995 so the the only time material become available is when old collections get sold.  It was prepared using the classic resin transfer method since the oil shales rapidly disintegrate as they begin to dry out.

Details: http://www.fossilera.com/fossils/museum-grade-garfish-from-messel-shales

Talk about amazing preservation!

Traveling August 4-September 4th-ish

I will be travelling for work approximately August 4th to September 4. So if you want bones from my shop now is a good time to order. I’ll even throw in a free necklace if you buy a skull or set of skulls within the next 7 days. 

Also, I would love for you to let me know if you have any recommendations of things to do in Chicago, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. Especially if it’s transit accessible. I’ll have my camera and will blog anything appropriate.?

strangebiology:

The Bone Room in Albany, California (near Berkeley)

Not too far from Cal Berkeley is the natural history store called The Bone Room, a museum where everything is for sale. They sell real bones from many different species of animals, including humans, as well as taxidermy and bone casts. They offer everything bizarre and biological, from high-quality art and real fossilized dinosaur bones to affordable jewelry and $5 bull horns. They also host events on bone cleaning, lectures by people such as Adam Savage and Mary Roach, and art shows.

Pictured here is a selection of horns and antlers, locally made necklaces and a pony toe, intricate carvings made from moose antlers, real fossil teeth, cast dinosaur bones, taxidermied ducklings, insects, earrings, and more. 

It turns out that this store has a tumblr! Go follow theboneroomberkeley!

Anonymous asked:
I have a few questions about leucism... What exactly is the difference between it and albinism? I know with albinism you get the pink eyes, but aren't they both just a lack of pigmentation? Do piebald animals have partial leucism? And with the hourglass dolphin you posted recently, is there any way to differentiate between leucism and a pattern mutation? Or is that partial leucism as well? Sorry to ask so many questions. Great blog!

twofacedsheep:

Leucism is a reduction of all pigmentation, where as Albinsim is just the absence of melanin. So in animals that have other pigment cell-types as (in addition to melanin) can result in an Albino that is not entirely white—a good example is pythons, Leucistic Pythons can be pure white, but Albino ones are yellowish because only the melanin is gone, and they have other kinds of pigment in their bodies. Melanin only affects skin, hair, feathers, scales, and eyes. Some animals, like domestic cats, have a different structure in their eyes, so some albino cats will have blue-ish pink eyes instead of completely pink/red eyes. 

Leucism affects all types of pigment, but only in the skin, feathers, etc. Which is why a Leucistic Python can be pure white. So Leucistic animals often still have dark parts of their body though, like brown eyes or black noses in mammals (though many can still have pink noses, or blue eyes, or other “albino”-like features). 

Leucism is caused by a disruption of the flow of pigment to anywhere on an animal. This can cause only one pigment to be dumped, or all. So yes, pied animals are partially Leucistic.

Now about the pattern mutation vs. Leucism. I haven’t read as much about it, but it appear that many pattern mutations I have seen are linked to a color mutation like the ones we’ve been talking about. When in doubt (as I am no expert) I rely on what a more noted source says.

Pattern mutation can be a tricky beast to identify as it wasn’t until recently that scientists even knew what caused King Cheetahs to look as they do! Science can still be fluid and changing in these respects.

A great explanation! You can see a diagram of color morphs here.

H.G. Giger Bar, Switzerland.
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H.G. Giger Bar, Switzerland.

The Wildlife Waystation is a wildlife sanctuary in Angeles National Forest, California. Today they posted their new opossum, and they’re asking for the public’s input on what to name her. 
Notice anything special about her? Yes, she has crossed eyes, just like Germany’s famous Heidi. Volunteers at the Wildlife Waystation hope that this unnamed beauty can gain some media attention for the nonprofit. Their mission is “To rescue, rehabilitate, relocate and provide sanctuary to wildlife and exotic animals from around the world. To educate the public about the global plight of wildlife, especially near cities.”
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The Wildlife Waystation is a wildlife sanctuary in Angeles National Forest, California. Today they posted their new opossum, and they’re asking for the public’s input on what to name her. 

Notice anything special about her? Yes, she has crossed eyes, just like Germany’s famous Heidi. Volunteers at the Wildlife Waystation hope that this unnamed beauty can gain some media attention for the nonprofit. Their mission is “To rescue, rehabilitate, relocate and provide sanctuary to wildlife and exotic animals from around the world. To educate the public about the global plight of wildlife, especially near cities.”

The Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego reports a massive school of anchovies has aggregated off the coast of La Jolla, California. The dark swarm looks like the ocean’s lava lamp.
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The Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego reports a massive school of anchovies has aggregated off the coast of La Jolla, California. The dark swarm looks like the ocean’s lava lamp.