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Tag: zoology

Preliminary Data from the Unicorn Genome: First Possible Indication in History of Mammalian Evolution of Hybridization Across Orders.

From the Science Creative Quarterly. Could this signal the return of the SCQ?

Hope so… (send in some submissions if you hope so too)

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Full paper available here (pdf)

Journal of Fantastic Phylogenetics 2012 8(9): 42-49

Abstract: In this study we present the preliminary finding of what could be the first record in history of hybridization between mammalian Orders (Perissodactyla and Cetacea). Phylogenetic analyses from the unicorn (Equus unicornus) mitochondrial genes (protein-coding Cytochrome b, Cytb) show a matriline belonging to the Narwhal (Monodon monceros) while nuclear (V-kit Hardy-Zuckerman 4 feline sarcoma viral oncogene homologKit) clearly show a sister relationship of the unicorn-pegasus (Equus alatus) clade with the rest of the Perissodactyl family Equidae. Our preliminary study strongly suggests the need for further investigation because this finding could completely revolutionise our understanding of the processes of hybridization in mammals.

From the Introduction:

Hybridization is widely known from the plant kingdom (Rieseberg & Carney 1998) and horizontal gene transfer has been repeatedly reported in prokaryotes (Jain et al. 1999). However, these forms of genetic exchange have never been prevalent (or even recorded in the case of horizontal gene transfer) in the Mammalia and never been recorded at such an evolutionary distance between organisms (Equidae and Cetacea).

Here are presented the incongruent results from two phylogenies built with mitochondrial and nuclear genes of E. unicornus showing relatedness to two different orders of the Mammalia.

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This awesome fake paper by Anna Bazzicalupo, via the Science Creative Quarterly

A very funny BBC nature video.

From the BBC One show ‘Funny Talking Animals – Walk On The Wild Side’

Shattered glass creatures. #whoa #biodiversity

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By Marta Klonowska, via Colossal.

WANT! Stunning elk poster (and video showing the artistic process involved)

First: Check out the DKNG site – it’s all good. Second: wow…

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By DKNG Design and Illustration.

Shark Attack Laundry Basket #awesome

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By Jolanta Uczarczyk, via Thinx

Crochet jellyfish: need I say more?

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Pattern by Lazymuse, via Stacey Thinx.

Pillow cases for sciencegeeks.

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From Dirtsa Studio. Via Stacey Thinx

For the Rodent Lovers: Giant Bronze Rattus norvegicus Sculpture

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The New Colossus, as it is titled, is a bronze replica of the giant inflatable rats that labor union strikers often park outside the employer’s premises they are picketing, usually for hiring non-union workers. There’s definitely some irony there, seeing this working class object converted into a piece of fine art in a very white collar part of NYC.”

Text and images via collabcubed.com

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 22

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CHRISTMASY BIODIVERSITY TRADING CARDS
From the Phylo Project (Click on the card to go to webpage)

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02snowgoose

03reindeer

04holly

05polarbear

06cardinal

07muskox

08redfox

09cedar

10arcticfox

11europeanrobin

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 11

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IN WHICH WE ARE TOLD WHY RUDOLPH’S NOSE IS RED
“Epidemiology of reindeer parasites.”
Halvorsen O. Parasitol Today. 1986 Dec;2(12):334-9.

ABSTRACT: Every Christmas we sing about Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer, but do we give much thought to why his nose is red? The general consensus is that Rudolf has caught a cold, but as far as I know no proper diagnosis has been made of his abnormal condition. I think that, rather than having a cold, Rudolf is suffering from a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. To some this may seem a bit far-fetched as one would not expect an animal living with Santa Claus at the North Pole to be plagued by parasites, but I shall show otherwise.

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Link to pdf of paper.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 3

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DIY: HOW TO MAKE A TERRARIUM CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT!
Full details at Inhabitat.com

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“Materials required: Moss, plants and/or twigs small enough to fit into your terrarium ornament – Some soil – Tweezers – Reusable glass ornament orb – A ribbon (we used one from an old gift box) – A chain or string (we used an old bracelet) – (optional) Figurines or other fun tsotchkes to place inside your ornament”

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Full instructions at inhabitat.com.

(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Spiders and insects made from watch parts and occasionally a light bulb.

By Justin Gershenson-Gates, via Colossal.

This textbook physics question concerns the lubrication of hamsters.

From Thanks, Textbooks, via Fresh Photons.

What do you get when you take Louis Vuitton bags and turn them into animals?

You get stuff like this…

By Billie Achilleos. See more here.

Fantasy Creature X-Rays (Or Are They?)

“Korean artist Wonman Kim, aka Curt Man, is a graphic designer and illustrator who recently held his first solo exhibition, titled Trinity, for his intriguing digital works. The colorful mix of puzzling images depict what appear to be x-ray scans of different animals. Although, these are no ordinary x-rays.”

Art by Wonman Kim.

Text via My Modern Met.

Clips of animals falling produced in the 1800s

Technically called chronophotographs. These are pre cinema and made by Étienne-Jules Marey

And here is the camera he used

“Marey’s chronophotographic gun was made in 1882, this instrument was capable of taking 12 consecutive frames a second, and the most interesting fact is that all the frames were recorded on the same picture, using these pictures he studied horses, birds, dogs, sheep, donkeys, elephants, fish, microscopic creatures, molluscs, insects, reptiles, etc. Some call it Marey’s “animated zoo”. Marey also conducted the famous study about cats landing always on their feet. He conducted very similar studies with a chicken and a dog and found that they could do almost the same.” (Wikipedia)

If humans parented sea turtle style #funny



By Beatrice the Biologist, via Symbiartic.

Big cats made from wire coat hangers

By David Mach, via Colossal.

A wolf, bear, and rhino made with geometric mirrored pieces.

By Arran Gregory, via My Modern Met.

One of these things is not like the other in this biodiversity themed Cartier ad. Can you spot it? #biodiversity

By Peter Lippmann for Cartier. Via Stacey Thinx.

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