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Archives for October, 2007

Using a technique called very high-resolution x-ray computed tomography, researchers at the University of Manchester dissected a 50 million year old spider encased in amber. As reported in Zootaxa, leveraging the same technology used in CAT scans, it can make out features the width of a human hair. In this case, the technique enabled the…

Big Ben the Axolotl

We get a lot of requests to feature friends pets on Zooillogix. Some people just don’t seem to get the fact that their golden retriever does not belong on a site devoted to bizarre zoology (you know who you are Mike Tippet of 2 Third St., Farfield, CT). However, Jennifer’s axolotl, Big Ben, is a…

We’ve posted a handful of stories about insects being outfitted with surveillance equipment, converted into cyborgs and even remade as robots, but what about using insects as instruments of biological warfare? As it turns out, this may be the most likely and frightening scenario. Ira Flatow, a close personal friend of Zooillogix (we’re assuming), went…

Researchers from the University of Bangor recently discovered the oldest known animal on record, a 405 year-old clam, while dredging at the bottom of the North Atlantic above Iceland. Then they killed it. When I was your age, we used to have to walk to school, up hill both ways, and the ocean temperature was…

Who would have thought that the wandering albatross flew around the earth randomly with absolutely no plan? Apparently the person who named it. According to some fishermen, albatrosses look “wicked baked.” Scientists used to believe that albatrosses followed a strange mathematical formula when flying around the globe in search of food. Turns out they were…

Squid Have Teeth Like Old Men

According to the Tree of Life project, Promachoteuthis sulcus is known from a single, small (25 mm ML, sex unknown) but distinctive individual from great depths in the south Atlantic Ocean. Now Benny and I are no cephalopodologists, but those chompers look a little different from the typical squid beak which we have come to…

Bedazzling Animal Photos

The annual Shell Wildlife Photography contest is winding to a close, and the winners have been chosen. The award-winning shots will go on display at the Natural History Museum of London October 27th and then embark on a world-wide tour. Wild stoats are well known to have a love of whole grains… You can see…

Drunken Elephants Electrocute Themselves

As reported in the AP, six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted after drinking alcohol in northeast India and going berserk. Apparently the animals have developed a taste for rice beer, fermented by farmers in plastic drums, and come looking for it when they enter villages. Perhaps taking a cue from the aforementioned self-immolating squirrel, the…

This was posted by our good friends over at cracked.com. (Actually, I think they are good friends of mine…old college buddies from my days as a lovable scamp at Gtown!) Anyway, worth a read. (Disclaimer: do not read if you have a weak stomach) 6 Most Terrifying Foods in the World

Flaming Squirrel Blows Up Woman’s Car

Hudson County Now reported late last week that a flaming squirrel fell from the sky and blew up a woman’s car in Bayonne, NJ. Lindsey Millar, 23, and her brother, Tony, 22, were inside their home when they looked outside and saw Lindsey’s car in flames. Local firefighters were called and after extinguishing the flames…