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Archives for August, 2007

This creature recently set the world’s record for its limb speed. It stores up an immense amount of energy in its mandibles and then releases it, when it needs to escape from a predator. Here’s a quote from a guy who has experienced the trap jaw ant according to the comments section on YouTube: “There…

Where Have All the Monster Bugs Gone?

Although most humans probably do not lament the disappearance of dog-sized insects, a handful of scientists do. These scientists obviously don’t watch the same movies we do. Recently, a group of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source along with some other researchers from less badass sounding institutions used advanced x-ray equipment to try…

African Booze Tree

Turns out the monkey isn’t the only creature in the forest getting bombed. Check out this video of the African booze tree. Special thanks to Tom Ferriss for finding this clip.

In two tantalizing shark discoveries, scientists in Germany have learned that playing certain songs to sharks in aquariums increases their libidos. Meanwhile, a different group of scientists may have discovered the secret rendezvous spot where great white sharks go to mate. Bon-Chicka-Bow-Wow Out of sheer frustration with the lack of sexual behavior in their captive…

New Deep Sea Species Discovered

A voyage sponsored by the Census of Marine Life (CoML) has netted some newly discovered species in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The trawling net was pulled at the level between 1000 meters and 5000 meters deep. About 500 species were cataloged out of thousands caught. Most of the creatures were of the gelatinous…

Jumping Spider Mating Dance

Jumping spiders have exceptional vision and therefore, their courtship displays have a highly visual component. This nifty video shows a male jumping spider doing its equivalent of the Booty Drop. Make sure to have your volume on. For more MTV Grind worthy jumping spider action, check out the Tree of Life Web Project.

Scientists have created a jellyfish with twelve heads in a lab at Hanover University of Veterinary Medicine in Germany. Bernd Schierwater and colleague Wolfgang Jakob (or “God” as they like to collectively call themselves) claim to have created the freakish monstrosity to study how colonies of multiheaded organisms develop in nature. By manipulating certain Cnox…

As you know, we rarely stray into the realms of cryptozoology. But when reports emerge of a monstrous, Amazonian sloth that shows no fear and has the power to hypnotize its victims, we just can’t resist. As it turns out, legends of the creature called the mapinguary (pronounced ma-ping-wahr-EE) have existed for centuries. Hundreds of…