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mollusk shell design
2015-05-20 11:51:25

Sometimes you just got to hand it to nature to develop the best structural designs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
2015-05-10 10:11:17

What?! A 500-million-year-old brain suggests that brains actually evolved before heads.

penis worms
2015-05-07 14:37:43

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Penis-shaped worms, the priapulids, have been around for 500 million years, burrowing into ocean sediment and dining on other worms, shrimp, and other marine creatures. The bizarre penis worm can turn its mouth inside out and drag itself around using its tooth-lined throat, which looks like a cheese grater.

2015-04-26 23:00:45

trū Shrimp™ Systems, a Brand of Ralco, Signs Agreement for Global Rights to Technology that Will Revolutionize Shrimp Production Balaton, MN (PRWEB) April

insect moulting
2015-04-22 08:30:00

Come a little closer. Let me get a better look. It’s true – if I squint up my eyes a bit, you really do look more like a sea urchin than a bug. Don’t take offense. There’s a very good reason for this imagined resemblance. Evolution takes strange paths and, scientifically, we humans are much more closely related to the sea urchin than we are to insects. But all three species have a common ancestor that probably lived more than 600 million years ago.

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2015-04-18 10:22:02

Octopuses have their own unique way of walking, and this study is the first ever to demonstrate how the cephalopods can move in any direction relative to body orientation.

pearls tennessee
2015-04-03 17:47:45

A guest at Puckett’s Boat House restaurant in Franklin, Tenn. got a little more than she bargained for this week when she shucked into an oyster only to find a pearl, then another, and another...until she found 50.

Photo courtesy: ROBERT GAINES
2015-03-28 15:57:48

Oh Canada, you've been holding out on us! The Yawunik kootenayi had prominent frontal claws that could have been used for grasping. (And would have been really good with some butter sauce.)

modern shrimp Aegirocassis benmoulae
2015-03-14 18:53:19

Anomalocaridids, the early ancestors of modern-day day shrimp, were massive creatures that grew to be more than six feet long and looked more like baleen whales than the crustaceans they would eventually evolve into, researchers claim in a new study.

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2015-03-12 09:56:51

You know that cockroaches can live through anything, but a new study shows that these pests have individual personalities. Could they get any creepier? We don't think so.


Latest Taxonomy Reference Libraries

Elingamita
2014-12-13 14:45:59

Elingamita is a genus consisting of one single tree/shrub species. The single species is the Elingamita johnsonii plant. Elingamita is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. Elingamita johnsonii plants can be found growing naturally only on the Three Kings Islands of New Zealand. The plant may grow as a small tree or as a shrub in forest and coastal scrub habitats. Due to the species limited areas of growth the genus is vulnerable to extinction due to fire or unforeseen events. Elingamita...

Meconopsis manasluensis
2014-10-27 10:18:17

Meconopsis manasluensis is a red-flowered Himalayan poppy from the Papaveraceae family. It belongs to a subgenus called Discogyne, which makes up a natural grouping of 6 or 7 species characterized by a stylar disc surrounding the ovary. M. manasluensis is easily distinguished inside the subgenus Discogyne through its multiple flowering stems, which makes it differ greatly from the other species. All of the others inside the subgenus have a single prominent fleshy stem. The closely related...

Eomecon
2014-10-27 10:06:01

Eomecon is a genus of flowering plant. This genus belongs to the Papaveraceae family. Eomecon is a monotypic taxon meaning the genus only contains one subordinate taxon. The sole species making up the genus is Eomecon chionantha, commonly known as the Snow-poppy or the Dawn poppy. The species is endemic to China. Eomecon is a perennial plant meaning it can survive longer than 2 years. The plant will typically have leaves reaching up to 30 centimeters long. Its leaves are heart or kidney...

Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp
2014-10-07 10:46:13

The vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) is a species of crustacean that can be found in freshwater vernal pools in the states of Oregon and California in the United States. In Oregon, it has been found in the Agate Desert and on the Upper and Lower Table Rocks, while in California this species can be found in thirty-two locations. It resides in vernal, or temporary, pools that hold a temperature between 43 °F and 68 °F. The vernal pool fairy shrimp varies in size between 0.43...

Tanna Ground Dove, Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Forster records a native name mahk, nearly certainly from the Kwamera language. The taxonomic...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.