Fossiliferich

"We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction."

tiny-creatures:

Green snail (Rhinocochlis nasuta), found during a night hike in Mt. Kinabalu national park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.
photo by pbertner on Flickr.

tiny-creatures:

Green snail (Rhinocochlis nasuta), found during a night hike in Mt. Kinabalu national park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

photo by pbertner on Flickr.

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(Source: bluthton, via paulftompkins)

JULY 23, 2014

fuckinghomepage:

IT’S FUCKING WEDNESDAY. DID YOU KNOW M&Ms WERE INVENTED FOR WWII SOLDIERS?

TIP OF THE FUCKING DAY:

IF YOU AREN’T THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM, THEN YOU SHOULD BE THE MOST PREPARED.

PERSON OF THE FUCKING DAY:

CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE WHO FOOLISHLY SOLD HIS 10% OF THE COMPANY FOR 800…

astronomy-to-zoology:

Megabalanus californicus

…is a colorful species of acorn barnacle found throughout California and other areas in the North American Pacific coast. Like all barnacles M.californicus is a suspension feeder and uses its cirri which are modified legs to scoop organic material into its mouth. M. californicus is often found in the intertidal zone where it grows in large colonies of mixed species.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Maxillopoda-Thecostraca-Cirripedia-Sessilia-Balanidae-Megabalanus-californicus

Image Source(s)

Princess barnacles! 

(via rhamphotheca)

mucholderthen:

Ernst HaeckelKunstformen der Natur (1899)SLIME MOLD FRUITING BODIES
Myxomycete plasmodia are generally from as small as a few centimeters to several meters square in size (among the largest).
There are two types:
acellular, consisting of multiple nuclei encased in a single cell wall,
cellular, which are composites of multiple, individual cells.
Slime molds are thought to be one of the first organisms formed as a collective of individual cells. After slime molds become plasmodial they roam and devour bacteria, fungi, and detritus, moving at a rate of about 1/25th of an inch per hour, or 2 cm per min. among the quicker. At the end of its career as a plasmodium the slime mold settles in a place where there is a draft that can carry aloft its spores, which it releases from structures called “fruiting bodies.”
Myxomycete taxonomy is based on these fruiting bodies.
( source )

mucholderthen:

Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1899)
SLIME MOLD FRUITING BODIES

Myxomycete plasmodia are generally from as small as a few centimeters to several meters square in size (among the largest).

There are two types:

  • acellular, consisting of multiple nuclei encased in a single cell wall,
  • cellular, which are composites of multiple, individual cells.

Slime molds are thought to be one of the first organisms formed as a collective of individual cells. After slime molds become plasmodial they roam and devour bacteria, fungi, and detritus, moving at a rate of about 1/25th of an inch per hour, or 2 cm per min. among the quicker. At the end of its career as a plasmodium the slime mold settles in a place where there is a draft that can carry aloft its spores, which it releases from structures called “fruiting bodies.”

Myxomycete taxonomy is based on these fruiting bodies.

source )

(via scientificillustration)

astronomy-to-zoology:

Lightbulb Tunicate (Clavelina huntsmani)

…is a species of social tunicate found on the western seaboard of the Pacific ranging from British Colombia to Southern California. Like most ascidians the lightbulb tunicate is a sessile filter feeder and lives in large clustered colonies. Some species of amphipods and other invertebrates have been known to make residence inside the tunicate’s tunic as well. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Tunicata-Ascidiacea-Aplousobranchia-Clavelinidae-Clavelina-huntsmani

Image Source(s)

I found a used tunicate on the street outside my house this morning! 

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The World Summit on Permian-Triassic Extinction Fund: 2013

Valued friends and family, I ask that you take a brief moment to become familiar with and involved in my scientific research. Even if you cannot foster my project, you can still contribute to my success by sharing and promoting my goal with others. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement and support! 

onlyfoolsandvikings:

Motivational Megafauna, they’re extinct but they are proud of you.

(Source: ofools, via rhamphotheca)

wallacegardens:

The Entomologist (1830), George Spratt. 
The Entomologist is made from the objects of his own fascination. 

wallacegardens:

The Entomologist (1830), George Spratt. 

The Entomologist is made from the objects of his own fascination. 

(via scientificillustration)

atelierentomologica:

ceramics by Lou Rota
http://www.lourota.com/ 

What adorable dinnerware! 

atelierentomologica:

ceramics by Lou Rota

http://www.lourota.com/ 

What adorable dinnerware! 

(via scientificillustration)