Dear Abby, It’s just not fair. There I was, a freshly produced sand tiger shark embryo, developing nicely and making my way down the ovarian ducts to one horn of the uterus. I had blastulated like a boss, totally owned gastrulation and even did a half decent impersonation of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny. Things were looking . . . → Read More: It’s not uterUS, it’s uterME
This hilarious clip has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter these past few days – I was dying with laughter when I watched. Getting on the Colbert Report is one of my long-term career goals (not joking), so if there are any writers reading this, we are willing and waiting! Skylar Bayer is . . . → Read More: The Enemy Within – Dr. Skylar Bayer on the Colbert Report
By Eric Schwaner via DeviantArt Warning: This post is rated PG-13 and is safe for work, but contains links to NSFW adult-only content. Click at your own risk. Most marine scientists remain blissfully unaware of the existence of tentacle-themed pornography, which originated from Japan. The paths of people who work with real life tentacle-creatures and . . . → Read More: Interview: New anthology of tentacle porn reaches for marine conservation
“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.
All sperm are not the same. Among fruit flies the longer the reproductive tract of the female the longer the sperm. In tiny crustaceans called ostracods, sperm length can range from several hundred micrometers to several millimeters. And here is some trivia for your next cocktail party, sperm in ostracods can even be longer than . . . → Read More: There Is More Than One Way To Impregnate A Squid
Sometimes I think that those of us studying ‘minor phyla’ do so in order to prevent from developing some secret (potentially peverse) obsessions. Example: I recently attended the Society of Nematology’s 50th Anniversary meeting, where the plenary topic was….traumatic insemination. This was the subsequent topic of conversation for the next four days. “Write a blog . . . → Read More: A great day for a little Traumatic Insemination
Jenny Schmidt from U. Illinois and her co-authors have uncovered a fascinating nugget of biology of the whale shark in a recent (and Open Access – w00t!) paper in Endangered Species Research. In it, they continue the analysis of embryos collected from a heavily pregnant female first reported by Joung et al. (1996) in a . . . → Read More: Who’s your daddy?
In the following post I will enumerate the many ways in which current science repeatedly demonstrates that giant squids are awesomesauce. Awesome: (adj) amazing, awe-inspiring, awful, awing (inspiring awe or admiration or wonder) “New York is an amazing city”; “the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight”; “the awesome complexity of the universe”; “this sea, whose . . . → Read More: From The Editor’s Desk: Giant Squid=Awesomesauce
Greneledone boreopacifica….Are you my daddy? Image from wikimedia commons Yo Ush, What up Kels Wanna introduce you to this girl, think I really love this girl, Yeah? Man she so fine, Straight up dawg? She stand about 5’4” coke cola red bone, Damn She drives a black Durango license plate say “Angel” tattoo on her . . . → Read More: Same Girl