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Archives for March, 2007

Why Can?t I Turn Away??

Not bizarre. Very normal. Happens tens of thousands of times everyday, I’m sure. Can’t stop watching…Mesocricetus auratus

Human-Sheep Hybrid Created

To baaa or not to baaa? Professor Esmail Zanjani from the University of Nevada unveiled a genetically engineered sheep- well, technically a sheep, we think -that has 15 percent human cells and 85 percent sheep cells this past week. Zanjani injects adult human cells into sheep fetuses to create these chimeras with the eventual goal…

This is exhibit is right up our alley. For the next few months, the Pittsburgh Museum of Natural History is displaying strange prehistoric critters as part of its “Bizarre Beasts” series. Descriptions provided by the Museum.Helicoprion A coil of teeth caps the lower jaw of a sculpture of a 13-foot (4-meter) whorl-tooth shark, or Helicoprion,…

Gandalf of the Marmosets, Emperor Marmoset, Saguinus imperator Animals that carry cells from another individual, most often a fraternal twin (non-identical), are known as chimeras. Aside from marmosets, chimeras have been discovered in humans, cats and cows. Considered a rare fluke in most species, marmosets have a unique embryonic development that results in most of…

Monster Toad Captured!

“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive.” Cane toad, Bufo marinus The environmental group, Frogwatch, caught one of the largest specimens of toad ever discovered in Darwin, Australia on Tuesday. The apprehended toad is the size of a football and as heavy as a small sack of potatoes. Cane toads are…

Panda Poop to the Future!

Have a diet rich in fiber? Eating bamboo all day, everyday, means pandas most certainly do. Now, researchers at a giant panda reserve in southern China are looking for paper mills to process their panda’s fiber rich poo! The center’s 40 bamboo-fed pandas produce about 2 tons of “processed material” a day, which could make…

Registered as an official cat breed by the International Cat Association since 1993, toygers will be fully recognized as a purebreed this May, 2007. Toygers display many of the same characteristics as their distant cousins, Bengal tigers, including the trademark black stripes, rusty fur and in some cases even webbed toes! Fortunately, however, they do…

One of the world’s smallest and rarest owls was seen for the first time in the wild. The American Bird Conservancy announced the discovery Thursday by a group of researchers monitoring Peru’s northern jungle. The owl, called an “owlet” due to its emasculatingly small size, is so distinct that it has its own genus, “Xenoglaux,”…

Fisherman hauled the world’s largest squid ever caught out of the icy Antarctic waters last month. Since then, it has been kept on ice while scientists ponder how to prepare it for permanent display at the University of New Zealand. Larger than giant squid, colossal squid range from 40-65 feet long. This specimen weighed 1,090…

Jellyfish: The Revenge

We’re going to need a bigger boat, Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. cyanea capillata Photo Credit Paul Johnson A swarm of large, stinging jellyfish attacked female swimmers in the World Swimming Championships off of St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday. Winds blew the jellies, most likely of the massive lion’s mane variety, into the course area,…