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The ING giant squid special

Once again I’m going to do the advertising thing for those fantastic Inside Nature’s Giants people. Sorry that notice is so short, but I only received the relevant information today (Wednesday 13th October). Tomorrow sees the premiere screening (here in the UK, on Channel 4) of a 75 minute ING special on the giant squid.…

Earlier this year (in June), Channel 4 television here in the UK broadcast series 2 of Inside Nature’s Giants (ING from hereon… titled Raw Anatomy in the US, you poor, poor people). You may have heard it here first. Hopefully you’re familiar with ING series 1 – it looked at the anatomy of elephants, baleen…

Yes, I thought that birds didn’t eat millipedes on account of their toxicity. Most millipedes (including the little species we have here in Britain) secrete noxious liquid through glands on their sides, and substances such as chlorine, iodine and cyanide are involved. As is obvious from the photo here, these chemicals don’t make millipedes immune…

The Bob Nicholls artwork I featured yesterday got some of you talking about a particularly famous denizen of the Jurassic seas. Namely, the gigantic, edentulous pachycormiform actinopterygian Leedsichthys problematicus from the Callovian Oxford Clay Formation. Hold on – – isn’t that a… a… fish? How on earth can I justify this inexcusable off-topicness? Well, quite…