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Katie Thompson

Psychedelic Weddell Seals

A clip from Werner Herzog’s Encounters At The End Of The Earth: Here’s what they look like: Richard warms up:

Robert Vrijenhoek and Shannon Johnson (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), and Greg Rouse (Scripps) have recently completed research aimed at classifying 12 new lineages of Osedax worms as their very own species. Upon their 2004 discovery in Monterey Bay, geneticists classified them under the polychaete annelid family Siboglinidae. Since then, approximately 17 distinct lineages have…

FYI

Andrew just sent me some footage he shot of Benny this past weekend:

Happy Belated Mole Day!

Sketch by Peter Gulsvig, renowned Zartist While I believe this bit of news has been well circulated this week, I wanted to give it the Zooillogix bump. Plus, I can only assume Zooillogix readers look to our blog for the latest breaking news… thus it would be a great disservice to all 25 of them…

Meet Hobbie-J, not your average Long Evans rat: (photo from Medical College of Georgia) Behind that unassuming beady eye lurks the smartest rat-brain ever engineered. You see, Hobbie-J is what scientists Dr. Joe Tsien and Dr. Xiaohua Cao call a “transgenic rat.” Her dramatically increased intelligence is the result of genetic tinkering. By over-expressing little…

Toilet Training of the Shrew

I’ve often pondered how wonderful the world would be if the kitchen and bathroom served the same purpose. It looks like the mountain shrew of Malaysian Borneo has already reached that promised land. Their diet mainly consists of the nectar that lines the underside of pitcher plant leaves. When dinner is done, the shrew simply…

Gay Sunday 2009

If you happen to find yourself in the London area this coming Sunday, stop by the London Zoo for Gay Sunday 2009. They’re billing the it as the “most flamboyant event of the year.” So, go out and get flaming with the flamingos. Be bearish with the brown bears. Show your pride with the lions.…

Man-Bear-Pig News

We here at Zooillogix have been sitting on this story for a while. We were afraid of just how much public outrage it could generate. But since we are morally obligated to bringing our readers the most up-to-date zooillogical news, often regardless of scientific proof, we’ve decided to go ahead with it. Here it is:…

Zartsy Fartsy

Not to be outdone by Andrew’s hard hitting piece about Russian nesting doll zart (zooillogical art), I present to the world: calligraphy zart. The following are works by the French-living, Sudan-borned zartist: Hassan Musa. Thanks to the Sudan Artist Gallery for housing this stuff, as well as other not-too-shabby stuff.

winners and losers

Folks at UCLA have created a list of evolutionary winners and losers. They’ve based this list on a species’ ability to diversify over time. At the top of the winners list are birds (with 9,000 species) and mammals (with 5,400 species). Compare that speciation with big fat losers like crocodiles and alligators. Crocs and gators…