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Daniel Harder
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We trace Joker's visual evolution from his Golden Age to debut to his Hollywood future.
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In this fascinating result, scientists resurrect an ancestral phenotype (dinosaur teeth) that has been lost in the species we know today (chicken). The result is a chicken with teeth, confirming that the hypothesized molecular mechanism for the major evolutionary transition from teeth to beak.

Background: Dinosaurs didn't totally disappear from earth. They live on today as birds. The reptiles you see today are a relatively separate line of evolution. We can group all birds and reptiles into a monophyletic group (thus birds really are reptiles), and the birds would be today's remnant of dinosaurs.

But birds have beaks. That means that some developmental pathways changed that used to be used for teeth development. To test this idea, scientists inhibited certain pathways thought to be responsible for this transition to beakiness, and the result was a chicken with teeth. The ancestral dinosaur phenotype has been restored.

So this is a fascinating result speaking to the mechanisms behind major evolutionary transitions.

Important note: Picture shown in +BBC Earth​ article heading below is an artistic representation. The birds were never hatched out in this study.

Here is the primary source:

"A molecular mechanism for the origin of a key evolutionary innovation, the bird beak and palate, revealed by an integrative approach to major transitions in vertebrate history"
by Bhullar et al.
Evolution (2015), online first

The avian beak is a key evolutionary innovation whose flexibility has permitted birds to diversify into a range of disparate ecological niches. We approached the problem of the mechanism behind this innovation using an approach bridging paleontology, comparative anatomy, and experimental developmental biology. First we used fossil and extant data to show the beak is distinctive in consisting of fused premaxillae that are geometrically distinct from those of ancestral archosaurs. To elucidate underlying developmental mechanisms, we examined candidate gene expression domains in the embryonic face: the earlier frontonasal ectodermal zone (FEZ) and the later midfacial Wnt-responsive region, in birds and several reptiles. This permitted the identification of an autapomorphic median gene expression region in Aves. In order to test the mechanism, we used inhibitors of both pathways to replicate in chicken the ancestral amniote expression. Altering the FEZ altered later Wnt responsiveness to the ancestral pattern. Skeletal phenotypes from both types of experiments had premaxillae that clustered geometrically with ancestral fossil forms instead of beaked birds. The palatal region was also altered to a more ancestral phenotype. This is consistent with the fossil record and with the tight functional association of avian premaxillae and palate in forming a kinetic beak.

[ #evolution #science #biology #paleontology #dinosaurs #development #evodevo #devoevo #nature #research #news #birds #chicken #teeth #beak #developmentalbiology #evolutionarybiology ]
A chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout instead of a beak has been developed by scientists
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Skógafoss, Iceland

Skógafoss (pronounced [ˈskou.aˌfɔs]) is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.
The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.
At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar.

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Lake Baikal in eastern #Siberia is a rift lake, the world’s most #ancient freshwater lake. It is the largest (by volume) #freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the #deepest. It is also among the clearest and purest of all lakes, in a good day you could see 40 meters into the lake and it is thought to be the world's #oldest lake at 25 million years. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area. With 23,615.39 cubic kms (5,700 cubic miles) of fresh water, it contains more water than all the Great Lakes combined. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world. The lake was declared a #UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It has more than 300 streams and rivers flow into it, but there is just one outlet, the #Angara. The water in the lake creates a mild #microclimate around its shores. #nature #naturelovers #amazingplacestosee #placestovisit #bucketlist
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Lions Gate Bridge view from Stanley Park Vancouver, BC
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The NIV 50th Anniversary Bible app is an Appy Award finalist!
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Quite a good app. Still, an overtly sectarian translation to be avoided by folks looking for accuracy. 
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NFL assigns The Three Stooges to decide how to handle Tom Brady's appeal. Nyuk, Nyuk.
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Sea Turtles, sometimes called marine turtles,are reptiles of the order Testudines.
There are seven species of #seaturtles,they are the Leatherback Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle,Loggerhead Sea Turtle,Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle ,Hawksbill Sea Turtle,Flatback Sea Turtle and Olive Ridley Sea Turtle .
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The Iguassu Falls - the magnificent spectacle of these 275 individual drops. The name of the falls originates from the Tupi or Guarani language, and means “big water”. While the ancient Brazilian tribes knew of its thunderous beauty, it was only officially ‘discovered’ in 1541, when the European explorer, the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, came across its awe-inspiring beauty. Today, the Iguazu Falls are owned by the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites

#waterfalls #waterfallphotography #brazil #unesco #iguassu #enjoyyourtime  

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I am 32 years old, and I am a Shift Supervisor at CVS Pharmacy in Ardmore, Oklahoma. I am 6'7" tall (I'm a freaking giant! lol... and NO, I did NOT play much basketball, but thanks for asking).

I am a Christian--I read the Bible, pray to God, love Jesus, and listen to Christian Music. Honesty and integrity are very important to me.

Politically-speaking, I am a registered Democrat, and consider myself a "Moderate" or "Independent," but usually lean more toward the Left than the Right. I support President Obama and I oppose the Tea Party.

I am a goofy, funny, crazy guy (or so most of my friends tell me). But I am very serious about my career and family.

Follow me if you want some of the widest variety of Reshared Posts anywhere! (My loves range from Mystery Science Theater 3000 to Mr. Bean to Spider-Man to the Middle East Protests, Politics, C.S. Lewis, Bible Study, The Beatles, 80's Rock, and much much more!

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Favorite TV Shows (Modern):
  1. Arrested Development
  2. Chuck
  3. FlashForward
  4. Bones
  5. Everybody Loves Raymond
  6. Frasier
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  8. Castle
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  2. Pinky and the Brain
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  4. The Dick Van Dyke Show
  5. I Love Lucy
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  7. Full House
  8. Perfect Strangers
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  • Back to the Future Trilogy
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  • Dark Knight
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  • Funny Farm
  • Uncle Buck
  • Adventures in Babysitting
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  • The Bourne Trilogy
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  • The Narnia Movies
  • Amazing Grace
  • Gospel of John
  • One Night with the King
  • Deja Vu
  • True Grit (New Version)
  • King's Speech
Favorite Songs:
  • Forever Young (Rod Stewart)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles
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  • Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden)
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I have the most amazing (and ornery) redheaded wife! From 1999 to 2002, I operated an e-commerce retail website and was the Customer Service Manager for my father's company "Gift Galaxy." I taught myself HTML, and I got really good at it. When I became a Manager at a Health Food Store, I successfully created a whole new department ("Gluten Free") that Home Office decided to implement at ALL of their stores in the nation.
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