Category archives for Organisms

Friday Cephalopod: Octopus in disguise

Also, what’s Brian Switek doing, writing about cephalopods? He’s supposed to be writing about dinosaurs ! But first impressions can be deceiving. In truth, as I later learned from Klug, the paper nautilus is not a close relative of today’s pearly nautilus, nor is it an echo of the long-lost ammonoids. The creature that had…

Sanity-saving tip: never visualize a nautilus from the perspective of its prey.

Pacific striped octopuses like to get up close and personal when intimate. Can you blame them? Oooh, cephaloporny.

Friday Cephalopod: Skin

Friday Cephalopod: Definitely non-Euclidean

I stared at this for a while, trying to sort out what was what, and my mind began to slip into madness, so I figured it was perfect for Pharyngula.

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Feathery

This is an octopus eye: This is an octopus brain: I have to point this out because the creationist Eric Metaxas said a remarkable thing: But the octopus isn’t the only such miracle. “Convergent evolution” is all over nature, from powered flight evolving three times to each continent having its own version of the anteater.…