The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by taylorS » Fri 28 Jun 2013, 02:34

hubris_incalculable wrote:Entelodont

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The BBC documentary "Walking with Beasts" called them The Pigs From Hell.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by taylorS » Fri 28 Jun 2013, 02:44

The Maidenhair Tree, Gingko biloba, the last survivor of an ancient group of gymnosperms and may be the most primitive living seed-bearing plants. Unlike conifers and flowering plants, it still has sperm cells that hatch from the pollen grain and swim to the ovule.

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Sat 29 Jun 2013, 01:51

taylorS -
The Lippenzaner Stallion of the Mesozoic Flora - [+1]
Talk about come-back stories!
One of the only things humanity did right regarding plant/animal stewardship.

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I would gladly wait on the resurrected Mammoth or the Chickenosaurus,

to evo-devo letters B - Karkenia or E- Yimaia.

The grafted cultivars with the multiple-lobed leaves just don't cut it.

Zhi-Yan Zhou, "Overview of Fossil Ginkgoales"
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 00002X#gr1

And check this out
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I think this is a Baiera.
Just gorgeous!
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Khemehekis » Sat 29 Jun 2013, 03:50

In the Lehola galaxy, land vertebrates branched off into the tetrapods on some planets, but the monoderms (including the sapient people of Hapoi) on others. The ancestor of all the monoderms was Ginkgourus, a lunged fish related to the sturgeon. Its tail, which is shaped like a ginkgo leaf, makes it unmistakable. So, see? I have a tribute to ginkgoes.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Mon 01 Jul 2013, 21:04

[+1] Khemehekis!

You're definitely on the right track. I just found out that there's a beaked whale with ginkgo-shaped teeth (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) (!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo-too ... aked_whale

Also, if you look carefully in the picture above, there's an insect there. It's a Jurassic member of the hangfly (scorpionfly/mecopsid) family: (Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia ). It was recently discovered among fossilized ginkgo leaves. Apparently, this hangfly evolved mimicry to resemble the leaves of the ginkgopsid tree Yimaia capituliformis. It's one of the very first documented instances of outright biological mimicry in the history of life.
And the camuflage of choice: GINKGO (*best Austin Powers* Ah-thank you very much).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juracimbrophlebia

You are way ahead of the curve there, Khemehekis!!
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Post by cybrxkhan » Tue 02 Jul 2013, 19:10

I want to see more funky plants!
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Dormouse559 » Wed 03 Jul 2013, 09:20

The sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) is pretty funky. Its leaves fold up, and its stalks droop, when touched. Here's the Wikipedia article and a video.
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Post by cybrxkhan » Mon 29 Jul 2013, 18:52

Just read up on the island of Socotra the other day (off the coast of Yemen and Somalia for those of you who don't know) and it has some pretty intersting rare fauna and flora.

Like the awesomely named Dragon tree/Dragon blood tree, which looks like some huge shroom thing:

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Dormouse559 » Fri 08 Nov 2013, 07:17

Today, I went on a trip to my university's greenhouses, and, newly enlightened, I posit Welwitschia. It's a plant that continuously grows just two leaves for its entire lifetime. In the wild, the leaves tend to become split, since the plant of course grows on the ground and not elevated.

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Fri 08 Nov 2013, 10:32

Gnetales!

How were you o'erlooked?!

Here's a pic with the female cones
http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/04/047C325 ... -cones.jpg

Here's a pic with the male cones
http://botany.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/hdwim ... dwfg41.jpg


I think there are male cones in Dormouse559's pic, too.

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Dormouse559 » Fri 08 Nov 2013, 15:53

Oh, indeed! Can't forget those. [:D]
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by atman » Fri 08 Nov 2013, 19:07

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Yačay256 » Sun 10 Nov 2013, 07:37

An excellent species for large-scale food production but that is so sadly so underutilized would be the smallest of all vascular plants: Spotless watermeal, or Wolffia arrhiza; it grows phenomenally rapidly - doubling in mass within three or four days time - and it is very nutritious, with a composition by dry mass of about 2/5 protein and 2/5 starch, along with numerous micronutrients. It is already commonly consumed and well-established as a food in Laos, Burma and Thailand; while I am highly skeptical of silver bullets for most things - and agriculture is one of them, I do strongly believe that this plant should see widespread adoption, probably across the globe, even if it won't solve world food issues, alone.

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PS: "6" is W. arrhiza.

Well, while the sponge reefs on the continental slope off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, are not a single species they are nonetheless beautiful:
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Finally, the very cute Gulf coast pygmy sunfish:
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Tue 12 Nov 2013, 05:36

Very cute fishie!


But back to Quadrupeds for a minute.

Melanistic zebras!

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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by taylorS » Mon 21 Jul 2014, 05:20

Lambuzhao wrote:taylorS -
The Lippenzaner Stallion of the Mesozoic Flora - [+1]
Talk about come-back stories!
One of the only things humanity did right regarding plant/animal stewardship.

Image

I would gladly wait on the resurrected Mammoth or the Chickenosaurus,

to evo-devo letters B - Karkenia or E- Yimaia.

The grafted cultivars with the multiple-lobed leaves just don't cut it.

Zhi-Yan Zhou, "Overview of Fossil Ginkgoales"
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 00002X#gr1

And check this out
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I think this is a Baiera.
Just gorgeous!
NIIIIIIIICE!
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by taylorS » Mon 21 Jul 2014, 05:25

Welwitschia is just bizzaro
Lambuzhao wrote:Gnetales!

How were you o'erlooked?!

Here's a pic with the female cones
http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/04/047C325 ... -cones.jpg

Here's a pic with the male cones
http://botany.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/hdwim ... dwfg41.jpg


I think there are male cones in Dormouse559's pic, too.

:mrgreen:
The Gnetales include Ephedra, Mormon Tea, the original source of Ephedrine. They are thought to be the Gymnosperms most closely related to flowering plants.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Mon 21 Jul 2014, 23:49

Heia, pues...if only an island whose flora was 90% Gnetales.....

But, yesterday, I heard my first Cicada for the summer.
I looked up some "big" cicadas and WHOA!

Emperor Cicada (Pomponia imperatorial)
Spoiler:
IMHO best binomial nomenclature name EVAAA!
http://38.media.tumblr.com/8cce0213547c ... o1_500.jpg

(Tacua speciosa)
Spoiler:
I find it sadly ironic that there is a "Menu" sign in the background
http://www.cicadamania.com/pictures/mai ... alNumber=2


And of course...
http://plamoya.com/bmz_cache/3/3beabbb0 ... 75x500.jpg
Megalon
Spoiler:
Apart from the Rhinoceros-Beetle Transponder-horn appendage, clearly sports a cicada vocoder-box, belying his ancestry
I love the cicada because it comes out of the ground and changes from chthonic grub to noisy beauty. I don't know why, but I relate more to them than butterflies or moths.


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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Hālian » Tue 22 Jul 2014, 07:18

Megarhyssa wasps.

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