New Animal Discoveries!

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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:33 am

I was thinking that, too. I didn't know we still had armored fish.
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Post by Lupine » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:15 pm

Yeah it makes you wonder what else is lurking out there. :unsure:

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:02 pm

Trilobites. I'm really hoping for Trilobites. :mellow:
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:31 am

Bloody Hell, those are big bugs. :Ahhh: And they have very interesting mating and social behavior. I wonder if they are actually the same as they were on Lord Howe Island. Such a tiny population living in isolation for nearly a hundred years, could have evolved to be significantly different from the original stock. That might be why they had such a hard time with them in captivity-- they may be very sensitive to local conditions. Which means they may not prosper as much as expected if re-introduced to the main island. It's great that they now have thousands of them instead of just a couple of dozen. Maybe they can even increase the population at the pyramid.

That's a fascinating video, too. I love how the little manhole cover pops off the egg. :lol:
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:47 pm

Not exactly a new animal discovery, just ridiculously cute. :sweetlove:

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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:46 pm

Aw, she's adorable. And that guy keeps her at home with him. He is certainly a dedicated curator. :yes:

I wonder if they have any idea why she failed to bond with her mother.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:28 pm

With my mother's goats it would happen occasionally with yearlings and their first kidding. First time mothers sometimes aren't the best ones.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:42 pm

I've seen it happen once with one of our cats, back in the 60s, but that cat was a psychopath. She drove away all the kittens and even killed one of them. :(
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:21 pm

^We had a cat like that once. The crazy beast would even go after the dog. :eek: :Ahhh:

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:48 pm

Some of them can be really nasty. We had some feral ones in the city that were almost unstoppable, and they had no fear about coming into the house to steal food.
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Post by Lupine » Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:37 pm

^And in a follow up to that, there's news out there that urban animals are getting smarter! :Ahhh:
I for one welcome our new animal overlords.

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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:14 pm

That's very interesting. I wonder if it's really evolution or simply environment. From working in the medical field, I know that children of immigrants from places with scarce resources and low public health standards will mature faster, reach puberty sooner and grow larger than their parents' generation. It's not because of evolution, obviously, but it's basically bodies accustomed to living on very little overreacting to a land of plenty. Say what you will about fast food and stuff, but it's far better than what much of the world must subsist on. I wonder if something similar is happening here.

I'm not sure how to explain the smaller brain sizes of domesticated animals, though, unless it's an artifact of overall smaller body sizes.
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