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Amber Inclusions by Anders Damgaard
With all this discussion recently surrounding the ethics of manipulating DNA in an effort to resurrect lost species, it seems appropriate that we take a look back in time at the vessels for our future T-Rexes and (fingers crossed~!) Giant Ground Sloths. Until that glorious day when we will ride atop the backs of huge beavers (it was a thing! Science up), admire the beauty of these amber-encased insects, forever looking out at us through a layer of several million years.
Friendly reminder that amber is one hypercool plant material; it is the fossilized resin of ancient trees. And it’s not just animals and insects that prehistoric amber has trapped for modern scientists to study, it has also trapped pollen, plant parts, and other goodies that help in reconstructing ancient landscapes. ~AR
Achrioptera fallax (x)
That coloration is waaay too cool to not reblog. Those are colors I’d expect in a children’s cartoon, not in real life.
Of course this thing is from Madagascar, the island where evolution took LSD. I mean, more like Rad-agascar, amirite?
In all seriousness, Madagascar is a perfect example of the incredible diversity that results from evolution in isolation thanks to about 90 million years of being separated from the African continent. Find out more about where Madagascar’s species came from here.
See those flower-petal-esque wings? While they’re useless for flight, they do make some pretty cool predator-avoidance noises. Check out the video below to hear ‘em:
Btw, are you following endangereduglythings? Freaky fauna can (and often are) just as endangered or threatened as the cute kind. We should celebrate and protect nature’s oddities just as much as its supermodels!
The Rio Caño Cristales - most colorful river (caused by algae and moss seen through the water), Colombia.
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- Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko
- Grey Tree Frog
- Grey Cicada
- Casque head Chameleon
- Lichen Spider
- Underwing Moth
- Peppered Moth
- Owl Fly Larva
- Eastern Screech Owl
Iceland (by Coolbiere. A.)
Ideal nap space.
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