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Big news! Andrew and I have a new favorite institute! I’ve always said that Andrew has the same hair as a Cacajao calvus! I may give the Institute a small grant to study this bizarre similarity.

So you know how there aren’t as many members of some species as there once was, and in fact some species that used to exist no longer exist? Well, some folks still haven’t gotten the message. In an attempt to bring more recognition (and funding) to the conservation cause, some mighty fine Zartists are collaborating…

My Shot Glass Collection Groweth

Atlantis. The Loch Ness monster. The National Aquarium. What do these things have in common? They were only fabled to exist, until now! I know what you’re thinking, “I’ve been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore… and I love tater tots and also was once attracted to a cousin.” Well, you’d be dead-wrong about the…

There’s a really good point that has been brought up many times about scientists. We suck at sharing our results with the public. Or sometimes we share, but in a way that very few people (scientists included) could understand. One of the problems may be a lack of emphasis on the big “So what?” People…

Who Doesn’t Love Jello?

Spider monkeys + Jello = good times at the Bronx Zoo

If you go through our archives, you won’t find too many posts that rise above toilet humor or self-depreciation (I mean, why would you want to?), but I present the exception below. It’s a long one, however it’s incredibly interesting. I’m sure you’ll feel smarter when you’re done. And don’t worry, we’ll be back to…

(c) NDR Naturfilm Well, almost. Here’s some info from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s press release: “With the assistance of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cameroon Program, a film crew from the Hamburg-based NDR Naturfilm managed to video the elusive Cross River gorilla earlier this year in a stand of montane trees after weeks of effort in…

A research team led by Julian Finn of the Museum of Victoria in Melbourne has discovered octopuses using coconut shells as portable protection. Not only do they hide under single halves but will actually pull two halves together and hide inside, like some sort of Super Mario baddie. The video is remarkable. Using tools means…

What do you mean he’s my brother?

Research on the subject suggests that somewhere, somehow our squirmy reaction to incest can be expressed genetically. Because of natural selection and all that blah blah, it’s thought that there exists a biomechanism that triggers incest avoidance in humans. Well, it looks like some very bold scientists have found a solid starting point for furthur…

Time to Play: Identify the Blurry Ant

An Indonesian Zooillogix reader, Harianto Talim, grossly overestimated our entomological abilities and asked us to help him identify an Indonesian ant that he has never seen before. In this blurry series of photos, you can see that the ant is bright orange and green and may or may not smoke cigarettes. It should be noted…