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Weasel on a woodpecker in flight
Wait what?
It's one of those where my jaded mind screams Photoshop, and my heart goes whee!
This is actually legit, so whee it is.

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A case of aerial mustelid transport by a picid resulting from alleged attempted picidivory by a mustelid 
Unfortunately, the weasel was attacking the bird. Fortunately, the bird escaped.
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The stuff of myths and legends.....
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Rosetta sees it's own shadow
 
Rosetta captured this image of its own shadow during its close flyby of comet 67P! More information via the blog:

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2015/03/03/comet-flyby-osiris-catches-glimpse-of-rosettas-shadow/

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

#OSIRIS   #cometwatch   #67P   #Rosetta  
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6 spaceweeks at that
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The funky horses of the palaeolithic
The best evidence for what ice age horses looked like is cave art, which show horses similar to the Przewalski’s horse. But more colourful, with leg stripes, neck stripes, a dorsal stripe, an M-shaped demarcation between belly and body, dark heads and perhaps even leopard spots.

These horses are not just known from paintings, but also from specimens preserved in permafrost, like the Selerikan horse.
The Selerikan horse was initially discovered, entirely by chance, thanks to gold-mining operations: a tunnel happened to coincide with the area of its burial, and its hindlegs protruded from the ceiling. These were used for holding cables and hanging lanterns but were eventually deemed inconvenient so were removed (via the use of explosive powder) and thrown away. Officials at the Siberian Academy of Sciences eventually found out about this discovery and were able to retrieve both the discarded legs and the rest of the body
During the upper Palaeolithic (that is, between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago), prehistoric people in Europe and Asia (and elsewhere) depicted the animals they saw in ...
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Interesting read - thanks.
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"Plaster copy" turns out to be unknown species
For three decades it was thought to be a plaster cast, but it's actually a previously unknown species. It has been named Ichthyosaurus anningae in honour of Mary Anning (obvs).
The fossil is actually extremely well preserved, including remains of it's last meal (squid).
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Cool! 
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The Cassowary's cool Casque
The cassowary is a fascinating animal, thanks in no small part thank to it's impressive casque. Surprisingly* the cassowary's most fascinating feature was never properly studied, until now

Some of the conclusions are counter to what I'd learned from articles in popular magazines. The casque itself is not a a "hard-hat" but actually covered by a pliable and leathery sheath in life, and it's not actually filled with liquid. 
The casque's function is yet to be definitely determined, but it may have to do with mutual sexual selection.

* Apparently not so surprising. Lots of well-known, even elementary, anatomical features have remained unstudied for decades

#birdsaredinosaurs #cassowary #casque 
I’m a big fan of palaeognaths – the terrestrial bird group that includes the mostly big, flightless ratites and the chicken-sized, flight-capable tinamous. Among the most ...
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+Samuel Kazee And the birds themselves are quite intimidating too.
+Steve Esterly Good point, I've edited my post to clarify that.
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Dice Spinner
Even apart from the inane drinking game printed on it, this doesn't make much sense. Why not roll a die? Die rolls are more fair, less ambiguous and above all more fun
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Y-wings never looked this aggressive before
The new Scum & Villainy  faction for the X-wing miniatures game gives new life to some old ships. 
X-Wing: Most Wanted contains not just the three ships seen in the foreground, also included are materials to use the existing Y-wing, HWK-290 and Firespray that are lurking in the background.
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Win.....

or should I say wing
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The bat that lives in a pitcher plant
Hardwicke's woolly bat Kerivoula hardwickii makes it's home in a carnivorous plant.
There seems to have been co-evolution between the pitcher plant, which doesn't produce a scent to attract insect. Instead it relies on bat poop for it's nitrogen.

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"BATS roost in big groups in caves. Wrong! If you're a Hardwicke's woolly bat, you prefer to sleep in a more luxurious – and private – place.

Kerivoula hardwickii roosts inside tropical pitcher plants. These carnivorous plants usually attract insects, but Nepenthes hemsleyana lacks the scents that others have, so few bugs are lured in. Instead, it benefits from the faeces of this tiny bat, which provides more than a third of its nitrogen and may be crucial to the plant's survival.

"This is the only bat species that has ever been found roosting in pitchers," says Caroline Regina Schöner, whose team discovered the bats in 2009. "These bats managed to find a niche that no one else is occupying.""
No bat cave for the Hardwicke's woolly bat – a pitcher plant in the swamps of Borneo is a perfect roost for this tiny animal
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In Soviet Russia, fox cuddles you
In 1959, a Soviet geneticist named Dmitry K. Belyaev began somewhat secretively experimenting with breeding domesticated foxes. More than five decades, thousands of foxes, and one collapse of the Soviet Union later, the program continues at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk
Apparently the program has been successful in creating a breed of foxes that want to cuddle, rather than flee or bite your face off.

The program did have some unexpected results though:
After a few generations, the results began to get a little weird. The study found that though they were selectively breeding only for behavior, they began seeing new common physical traits. The animals developed different coat patterns, floppier ears, tails that curled over their backs--totally unknown in wild foxes.

Via +Yonatan Zunger 
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
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The "Dogs Decoded" episode of PBS Nova has an extended segment on the Siberian fox experiment. The whole show is worth watching, but the fox segment starts around minute 36.
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/dogs-decoded/

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Mummy Brains
Need I say more? 
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Heel gaaf! 
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Dilophosaurus takes a break
Cool artwork based on an actual trackway, which makes it even cooler.
A _Dilophosaurus wetherilli_ takes a little break, and sits down on the shore of a lake. This is a [real event](http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0004591), recorded in a trackway from 198 million years ago in Utah.
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It amazes me how much stuff is well kept for millions of years..
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20 Love Songs in 20 Styles
It's like a relay race for songs, and it's probably the best 4 minutes of love songs you'll hear today.
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Love it! :-)
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