A type of catlike creature called a genet has been spotted catching a ride on the backs of buffalo and white rhinos, new camera trap pictures reveal by Simon Morgan Wildlife Act.
Hey, Smithsonian scientist! What’s up with this crazy rhino riding cat?
"Maybe it’s safer riding a rhino."
—Adam Ferguson, small carnivore expert, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
More Q & A with Adam on this “never before seen behavior” on Smithsonian Science
I always looked at the lotr movie Sauron and wondered how this guy inside this armor could look like… and then, today I had (a happy) discovery.
So… hi, big one :3
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nature is rad
These are the most stunning nature photos I have ever seen
no one’s ever called me a piece of shit before
What the actual fuck, anon?! Where the hell do you get off being this abusive over one fucking sentence? YOU, nonny, are the piece of shit here.
For those just joining us, lostbeasts made a post saying “I will never understand people that ‘prefer’ dinosaurs bald rather than with feathers.” and they are now getting a shitload of hate ranging from “dude it’s not a big deal, chill” to the sort of trash from the above anon.
Hmmm… I don’t see anything in that post saying “omg people are so dumb for liking bald dinosaurs, fuk u they had feathers dumbass” just an “i don’t understand this.”
Hey anon, if I said “I’ll never understand people who ‘prefer’ believing in a dude pulling the sun in a chariot rather than accepting orbital mechanics” would that make me a piece of shit who thinks everyone is stupid but me? No, I’m pretty sure that just makes me someone who doesn’t understand why people would go to so much trouble to actively deny reality when there’s no real point to it.
I’m going to attempt to expand on what I believe the intent of lostbeast’s post was.
"It’s a fact that dinosaurs had feathers so I don’t understand what people get out of denying that objective reality just because they’re ‘used to’ bald dinosaurs."
(I don’t understand it either, it’s like saying you “prefer” that 2+2 equal 5 instead of 4 or that you “prefer” the sky as green instead of blue. It really doesn’t matter if you prefer it or not, it’s incorrect and maintaining that preference would take an awful lot of effort to achieve something that is ultimately pointless, so… seriously, why do?)
But it wasn’t condecending. There was no high horse involved. Just a small expression of somewhat exasperated confusion. That’s it. A simple “this is mystifying to me.”
And for this, people believe they’re justified in hurling this kind of abuse.
What are you going to do next, anon? Call someone a piece of shit who thinks they’re smarter than everyone because they don’t understand why some people prefer exorcism to hand-washing? We’ve known for a while that disease is caused by germs not by filth demons, but I guess if those people are “just used to” thinking that demons cause sickness we shouldn’t ever try to correct them and we damn sure shouldn’t ever express confusion over why they think that way because that would make us smarter-than-thou pieces of shit, right?
Seriously, nonny, GTFO.
ahh you are an ANGEL this is perfect, thank you so much… if I knew how to word stuff properly it’d be half the problem dealt with haha :C but yes this was my entire intention, written perfectly
Well, this is a nonsense discussion, at least, nonny, but I won’t go into the merits of “taste”, feathered or not feathered. But for those who are really curious about dinos, can make a simple search on google (you can use the scholar.google.com, where you can find more academics works), and you will find tons of papers of renowned scientists talking about this theme. If you have access to Nature, Science, Plos One etc etc., even better, and you can take a look into the full works. I am not at the university now and don’t have access to some full articles, but I made a simple search on the theme to leave here some examples of those works:
- This one is a short communication (full .pdf) on some quill nobs found on the ulna of Velociraptor, i.e the structures for insertion of feathers, found also on extant dinosaurs, I mean, birds:
- And this one is about plumage color pattern of dinos… yes! Plumage color pattern. On dinos. Need to have access on Science to access the full text. I may have the paper somewhere here on my computer if anyone is interested:
Well, that’s it. Enjoy the science! ;)
One of the more significant Allosaurus finds was the 1991 discovery of “Big Al”, a 95% complete, partially articulated specimen that measured about 8 meters (about 26 ft) in length. Big Al was excavated near Shell, Wyoming, by a joint Museum of the Rockies and University of Wyoming Geological Museum team.
This baby lion is so stupidly important to me
Julie Gayet as Isabella of France (1295-1358), wife of Edward II of England in Les Rois Maudits.
Julie Gayet as Isabella of France in Les Rois Maudits