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Archives for January, 2008

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Chimpanzee walking bulldogs in some sort of bizarro world (i.e. Japan). We’ve delivered you some strange Japanese imports in the past, but this raises the bar.

Dr. Emily Rayfield, a researcher at the University of Bristol has pioneered methods using computer modeling to determine dinosaur physiology. Research by Dr. Rayfield just published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontolology sheds new light on the feeding habits of Baryonyx, which had a body similar to meat eating dinosaurs but now appears to have…

24×7 Hot Mussel Action

This sexy mussel is burning up the web right now. Totally free and posing just for you, watch in real-time as this flirty bivalve does its thing. Riveting live feed courtesy of Flex Mussels restaurant on Prince Edward Island.

Louis Hearts Mr. P Head 4Eva

Louis, an 18 month old, giant Pacific octopus at the Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium in the U.K. has a new best friend: a Mr. Potato Head doll. In this article on bbc.com, Matt Slater of the aquarium, talks about Louis’ love affair with the little plastic man (NOTE: This quote is a lot more powerful…

Yesterday I noticed a group of people standing in a circle on Mission Street in downtown San Francisco. “One of our amusing drunken homeless people must have fallen over,” I thought to myself. To my surprise, however, I poked my head through the circle to find a northern goshawk (at least I think that’s what…

Why do some creatures forgo their own reproduction to help their relatives survive and reproduce? While we all might like to believe that naked mole rats really do care and are thus willing to sacrifice their creepy little lives for the good of the colony, the true answer probably has more to do with gene…

Zooillogix is a huge fan of Deep Sea News and for once in our lives, the feeling is mutual (go to hell Davina Josco from 2nd grade). Deep Sea News asked Zooillogix to weigh in on our favorite DSN posts from 2007 about five weeks ago and Benny finally got around to it yesterday! Today…

National Geographic reported this weekend that three new species of salamander have been discovered in distant cloud forests of Costa Rica’s La Amistad National Park. Just like X-Men, each salamander seems to have a special power: “one with a bold streak, one with a ‘ballistic’ tongue, and one no longer than a fingernail,” according to…

Martial Zoo Law

Over the last couple of weeks, a number of the zookeeper and exotic pet listservs I subscribe to have read more like the classifieds in the back of Field & Stream. Obviously due to the recent tragedy at the San Francisco Zoo, these are boom times for the tranquilizer gun business. I thought I might…

A new scientific paper has shown a strange, deceptive adaptation in the Maculinea butterflies of North Western Europe–an adaptation that has caused a genetic race between the butterflies and many different species of ants. The butterflies’ caterpillar larvae emit a powerful smell that tricks the ants into believing that they are in fact ant larvae.…