ainawgsd:

Cuban Land Snails-Blaesospira echinus

Blaesospira is a genus of land snails with an operculum, terrestrial gastropod mollusks in the family Pomatiidae. This is a land snail species endemic to Cuba.

scorpioasshoe:

bundyspooks:

The mouth of a Komodo Dragon is teaming with deadly bacteria, which slowly kill it’s prey after just a few days of coming into contact with the reptile. After biting, the Komodo Dragon will follow the wounded animal for up to a week and wait for it to drop dead from infection. Due to this, the Komodo Dragon remains one of the most deadly non-venomous animals in the world.

There was actually a recent study done on these, along with a documentary on netflix titled Land of Dragons (I believe) that disproves the theory that their bacteria infested saliva is the main cause of fatality in prey. Turns out they have two large sacks on their bottom jaw containing venom, responsible for killing their victims. They are the worlds largest venomous animal. 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/090518-komodo-dragon-venom.html

malformalady:

A
young man who died after being shot 15 times is
sitting with open eyes at the Marin Funeral Home in Rio Piedras during his wake. Fernando de Jesus, 26 is sitting in a chair with one leg crossed.  Dress cap, glasses and has a cigar in his hand. The Marin Funeral Home has been featured in past years for performing exotic funerals.
Among these were a man standing, a woman in her rocking
chair and a man dressed as the superhero Green Lantern.

deamhan:

nope:

correctdichotomy:

(image credit to Dan Hoare on twitter)

I ONLY JUST LEARNED ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF THIS MUSHROOM????? WHICH ERUPTS FROM AN EGG BEFORE UNCURLING HELLISH ARMS, EXPOSING ITS STICKY MASS OF SPORES TO BE SPREAD BY FLIES ATTRACTED BY THE SCENT OF ROTTING FLESH???

Admittedly, I am easily won over by all organisms that attract flies with the scent of rotting flesh. But the octopus stinkhorn (Clathrus archeri) also has tentacles, a freaky egg stage, and blackish goop, so it’s my favorite now.

i want to die

facehugger

medicalmuseion:

Today @nagerna and I have been looking at this dry specimen, that I wrote about last week.
I showed you the skeleton and the organs of the conjoined twins Martha and Marie from 1848.
Today we started to build the ‘bed’ that these girls will be displayed on in the new exhibition #bodycollected.
I know it is a little hard to see, but the twins are joined at the pelvis. This specimen just contains their skin and it has been stuffed (kind of like taxidermy).
We have been looking a lot at X-Ray and MIR pictures of the girls, to make sure exactly where the wooden ‘skeleton’ is, so we know how stabile they are 🙂
We have not finished this bed-building-project yet..because our first attempt was not as successful as we had hoped. But hopefully we will be able to finish this tomorrow.. 😊
(As you might see on the X-Ray in the foreground, Marie’s skull is still in the skin specimen..so that is a little peculiar, since the wet specimen with their skeletons have two skulls. We are guessing that they weren’t able to remove the skull, and had to replace it with a skull from another baby..but we don’t know..)
@medicalmuseion #medicinskmuseion#medicalhistory#humanremains#museumcollection#fetus#conjoinedtwins#twins#siamesetwins#bedmaking by bombaxtika http://ift.tt/1F8knCy

freshphotons:

Photonic crystals cause active colour change in chameleons. “Many chameleons, and panther chameleons in particular, have the remarkable ability to exhibit complex and rapid colour changes during social interactions such as male contests or courtship. It is generally interpreted that these changes are due to dispersion/aggregation of pigment-containing organelles within dermal chromatophores. Here, combining microscopy, photometric videography and photonic band-gap modelling, we show that chameleons shift colour through active tuning of a lattice of guanine nanocrystals within a superficial thick layer of dermal iridophores.”