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This video, which I flat out stole from the unparalleled A Blog Around the Clock, is fascinating. This reminds me of sonograms of my baby brother. Did I mention that I got this video from A Blog Around the Clock, A Blog Around the Clock, A Blog Around the Clock, A Blog Around the Clock,…

Discovery.com recently reported two instances of animals manipulating sound to master their environments. Cuckoos are known for tricking birds into rearing their chicks: They lay their eggs in another species’ nest and, once hatched, the baby cuckoos push out the eggs and/or chicks of the host birds. While it’s also known that the baby cuckoos…

A study of rare African frogs has revealed a form of self-defense hitherto unbeknownst to the scientific world: claws of pure bone that burst through the frogs’ skin. And it gets worse. When the frogs are threatened they need to first “actively break” their own bones in order to create these claws. Don’t make me…

Adorable! Surinam toads of the family Pipidae have a broad, flat shape and leaf-like appearance, but who cares about that…? They embed fertilized eggs in the mother’s back from whence the babies emerge! Adorable? Horrifying? What was your reaction to the movie Alien? Damn… it looks like Pharyngula beat us to the punch. Whatevs… Surinam…

New Frog Discovered, Sans Lungs

Deep in the heart of the jungles of Borneo a new frog has been found that is rocking the very foundations of frog biology the world over. Why? Because, for God’s sake, it has no lungs. Instead, it gets all the oxygen it needs by absorbing it through its skin. Can you do me a…

2008 – The Year of the Frog

An international consortium of zoos, aquariums, conservation organizations and scientists, calling itself the “Amphibian Ark,” has dubbed 2008 the “Year of the Frog.” Amphibian Ark made the declaration in order to draw awareness to the mass extinction of amphibian species around the globe and to infuriate the Chinese, who already named the year after the…

Japanese Create “See-Through” Frogs

Those crazy Japanese have done it again! By combining two types of recessive genes that cause frogs to be pale, they have created a frog with almost transparent skin. Unfortunately for the frogs, the advantages to testing on a see-through critter are numerous. For example, “You can see through the skin how organs grow, how…