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Tag: biodiversity

Dr. Seuss taxidermy pieces by way of Dr. Seuss himself

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“Zoo animals that had met their demise lived on as their bills, horns, and antlers were shipped to Ted’s New York apartment to become exotic beaks and headdresses on his bizarre taxidermy sculptures. The result was an astounding 17 sculptures—created during the 1930s—which remain today as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multidimensional creativity.”

By Dr. Seuss (many pieces for sale too), via NotCot

Rings of the kingdom: Animalia, Metazoa

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By Michael Tatom, via Colossal

Whoa: Amazing edible lollipops inspired by biodiversity.

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By Shinri Tezuka, via My Modern Met.

In which watching Enigma the jellyfish is very very relaxing.

Makes me calm just watching this…

“This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016, while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of ~3,700 meters.

Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. Note the two sets of tentacles — short and long. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode. Within the bell, the radial canals in red are connecting points for what looks like the gonads in bright yellow.”

Text and video via the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

This is what happens when a Lyre bird lives in a zoo.

They become the greatest impressionists EVER. Amazing…

By Elva Kitten via Futility Closet

Mind blown. On Australia and two specific mammals

Whoa.

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(Can’t find original source – earliest hat tip I can find is at knowyourmeme)

This animated gif of biodiversity in a bottle by Rafael Varona is simply stunning.

And definitely worth the wait (for it to upload).

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By Rafael B. Varona.

These whale inspired high carbon steel utility knives look pretty adorable.

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By Toru Yamashito via Laughing Squid

Beautiful biodiversity pictures made from fern leaves. #whoa

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By Helen Ahpornsiri/, via Colossal.

Also known as “Phylogenetic Analysis of Magical Creatures.” A Harry Potter themed phylogenomics paper.

Attention to detail is pretty cool. One of my favourite parts (apart from the phylogenetic tree itself) is the post note that says: “Genetic sequences for all genes will be provided upon request. Due to magical laws, we are unable to publish them on GenBank.”

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Holy crap! It’s a photo of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker!

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Photo by Martin Le-May (see here for more details) via io9.

Super fast and epic summary of the Earth’s evolutionary history.

This is really nicely done*

Crash Course Big History episode with John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie (link).

* I caught one small error during the lifting weights bit.

Lego birds, designed by Thomas Poulsom, now on sale.

These, apparently, are going very quickly. Click here to purchase.

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Via Colossal. More on Thomas’ work here.

Underwater biodiversity done in stunning paper craft. The word you’re looking for is “wow.”

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By Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (link), via Colossal.

Origami crease patterns: more beautiful than you would expect.

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By Robert J. Lang. He also has a wide range of amazing origami books – available here.

This is what it looks like when you attempt to showcase many many bioluminescent organisms in a single graphic.

It looks stunning!

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By Eleanor Lutz.

Holy crap! Stunning paper birds!

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By Diana Beltran Herrera, via Colossal

Paper craft microbial art. #beautiful

Whoa…

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By Rogan Brown, via Colossal.

Stunning steam punk mammals. Wow, definitely worth a look.

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By John Lopez, via My Modern Met

These embroidered leaves are beautiful.

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By Hillary Fayle, via Colossal

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