Posts from the ‘cute’ Category

Going to be out for most of the day.

Here’s a video of a baby turtle eating a raspberry to keep everyone happy.



Yawning Quoll (greenzaku)

whoa. had to look up this one.

wikipedia entry:

The quoll, or native cat, (genus Dasyurus) is a carnivorous marsupial native to mainland Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. It is primarily nocturnal and spends most of the day in its den. There are six species of quoll; four are found in Australia and two in New Guinea. Another two species are known from fossil remains in Pliocene and Pleistocene deposits in Queensland.

This is me this morning.

Australia gets all the cool animals.



Mini Mammoth Was World’s Smallest

by Jane J. Lee

Island living can be a tricky thing. Over time, the isolated environment tends to miniaturize large mammal species and grow small species into giants. That’s what scientists thought happened to a tiny elephant, whose roughly 800,000-year-old fossils were found on Crete a century ago. Researchers thought the creature, about 1 meter tall at the shoulder (right, for scale), descended from ancient, mainland European elephants that came to the Greek island and shrank over time. But a new analysis reveals that the animal wasn’t an elephant at all: It was a mammoth. Surface enamel patterns on its molars (left, light-colored tooth) and the ratio of its tooth height to width more closely resemble those of mainland mammoths rather than elephants, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The finding lends credence to a 2006 DNA study that argued that the Cretan dwarf was a mammoth, and it could push the animal’s evolution back almost 3 million years. It also means that the creature-dubbed Mammuthus creticus-is the world’s smallest mammoth species. 

(via: Science NOW)        

(image: (photo) The Natural History Museum in London; (drawing) Armand Morgabn, From Biol. Lett., 2, (2006))

Hello mini mammoth!

Can we just put all mammals on a small island and wait for them to miniaturize?

(via Great moments in pedantry: Poisonous vs. Venomous – Boing Boing)

When that snake bites you, is it poison or venom seeping through your blood stream? What about when you snack on that poison dart frog? Poisonous and venomous may seem interchangeable, but they have very distinct definitions. And if you’re the Seussian looking loris (pictured), then you are both! 

The accepted rule is: if it bit you, it’s probably venomous (delivered through injection). If you rubbed up on it, it’s poisonous. The more you know!