2. gallantcannibal:

    For those who wish to wander among the Permian synapsids. Tees available in my shop.

    (via scientificillustration)

  3. fletchingarrows:

    everyone knows that the body of a female virgin makes the best type of offering

  4. house-of-romanov:

    Pende Minganji masked dancers, Guardians of initiation camp, D.R.Congo, near Gungu.

    (via spookpoops)

  5. biologicalmarginalia:

    Frank Buck (and a… Lar Gibbon?) with a Kanchil (Tragulus kanchil), the smallest hooved mammal.

    Wood, G. (1982) The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Third Edition.

  6. biologicalmarginalia:

    I’ve seen a lot of weird shit in my life, but this…The picture is labeled: “A demonstration of the amazing elasticity of an ostrich’s throat” — but who would request such a demonstration, and how does one jam their hand into an ostrich’s mouth anyways? I’m not even sure what the picture is doing in Gerald Wood’s book, but best I can figure, it’s related to these unusual tales:

    Ostriches regularly swallow stones or quartz-pebbles as an aid to digestion, and if they can’t find suitable ones in captivity, they will happily gulp down an amazing variety of articles as substitutes. In the stomach of one individual which died suddenly at London Zoo several years ago were found a 3 ft 91 cmlong piece of rope, a spool of film, an alarm clock key, a cycle valve, a pencil, a comb, three gloves, a handkerchief, glove-fasteners, pieces of a gold necklace, two collar studs, a Belgian franc, two farthings and four halfpennies.

    When a post-mortem was carried out on a cock bird which chocked to death at Highgate Ostrich Farm in February 1962 a total of 484 coins weighing 8 lb 4 oz 3.74 kg were found in its stomach. Apparently South Africa had just converted from sterling to decimal currency, and the larger coin proved to be the bird’s undoing.

    Wood, G. (1982) The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Third Edition.

  7. biologicalmarginalia:

    Probably a normal, not at all mad experiment involving an Electric Eel.

    Wood, G. (1982) The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Third Edition.

  8. biologicalmarginalia:

    Contrary to the suggestion that merfolk myths were caused by creatively observed (and very wayward) manatees and/or dugongs, those seen by the Norse in the 13th century were probably spyhopping marine mammals distorted by atmospheric refraction. The original accounts of the mermen describe huge objects rising from the sea with shoulders, no arms, and tapering bodies which were seen before storms. It so happens that a warm front moving over cold surface air can create such an illusion. In the 18th century, the phenomenon was reported on very warm and calm days, where strong temperature gradients and the subsequent refraction can also occur. It could be possible that some of Heuvelmans’ Long-necked and Ambiguous Periscope sightings were also caused by similar refraction… although unfortunately this wasn’t discussed by Lehn and Schroeder.

    Lehn, W. & Schroeder, I. The Norse merman as an optical illusion. Nature 289(5796) 362–366.

    * It is very annoying how so many people discussing strange phenomena don’t even bother to look up the actual reports. Next time I hear somebody claim Sea Serpents are all plesiosaurs, oarfish or giant squid, I swear I’m going to rage-vomit.

  9. biologicalmarginalia:

    This needs a better caption.

    Bright, M. (1989) There are Giants in the Sea.