Lonesome George, © BBC News I just read that Lonesome George, the presumed sole-remaining member of the Pinta Island giant tortoise species of the Galápagos, has died. Lonesome George was more than just bearer of his evolutionary legacy. He was an icon for the delicate precipice that all Galápagos species (and other threatened species globally) . . . → Read More: Encomium: Lonesome George
This is really too good not to share immediately. A recent study reports on numerous pairs of fossil turtle couples caught in the act of copulation. The sex den fossil sight is located in Germany and dates back to the Eocene. How do they know this is male and female in a loving bond . . . → Read More: Preserved in the Act and Fossilized Turtle Whoopie
We as humans have three fundamental questions. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Are we alone in the universe? The answers to these thrust at the core of our humanity and uniqueness. Through science we seek out replies to these inquiries. The Drake Equation In 1960 the National Academy of Sciences asked . . . → Read More: What knowledge of the deep sea tell us about life on other planets
This is a repost from my former blog The Oyster’s Garter and was originally published on March 24, 2008. I’m re-posting in honor of Kate Clancy‘s & Scicurious‘ Sex, gender and controversy: writing to educate, writing to titillate session at Science Online 2012, since this is one of the silliest bits of sex-related writing I’ve . . . → Read More: Perverted cannibalistic hermaphrodites haunt the Pacific Northwest!
“There actually sticking their penises in each othr quite randomly.” Invertebrate reproduction or one crazy night in Vegas?? You decide! Hat tip to @echinoblog.
Hat tip DSN YouTube archivist Chris M. I love the ominously dramatic music as they bury themselves in the mud while getting it on.
h/t to @boraz for this stunning example of the mimic octopus mating! The video was filmed just this last November in Indonesia.
If you’ve been out of touch for a while lately and haven’t immediately grokked what this post is about from the title, it concerns a surprising recent find by a Mexican fisherman of a very special little shark. Enrique Lucero León was fishing in the Gulf of California and caught himself a pregnant dusky shark. . . . → Read More: Why cyclops shark grabs at our imagination
Came across this in a youtube search for something unrelated (I swear distraction is built into the YT search algorithm), but it reminded me of a blog post from back in the day by one of favorite bloggers, Kelsey at From Mauka to Makai, who wrote more generally about sibling rivalry but illustrated this . . . → Read More: Shark Siblingicide