The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

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

Post by Hālian » Thu 24 Jul 2014, 00:10

Isn't it? :D
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Post by k1234567890y » Thu 24 Jul 2014, 11:36

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giant burrowing cockroach, or rhinoceros cockroach, one of the largest cockroach species in our world.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Yačay256 » Fri 25 Jul 2014, 00:50

@k1234567890y: Cool! [:D] We need more small animals around here

Here is an undescribed species of Spinoloricus, which, along with two other Loricifers, is the first animal ever discovered to be anaerobic:
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Post by All4Ɇn » Mon 28 Jul 2014, 23:06

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Velvet Worms. They're like a mix between a worm, an insect, and a centipede
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Post by k1234567890y » Fri 01 Aug 2014, 16:11

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Trichoplax adhaerens, the only living species of the phylum Placozoa, they look like Amoebas, but they belong to the kingdom of Animalia, as human beings.
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Post by Lambuzhao » Fri 01 Aug 2014, 19:30

Wow! Fascinating creatures.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Sat 16 Aug 2014, 20:33

Renewed love: Kinkajous!
Are they bears, are they cats, are they monkeys, are they Procyonids, are they funny little elves of the forest?
Yes to all, friends, and so much more!

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.6080049 ... d=15.1&P=0

Big runners up include: the Potto
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2012 ... tto-03.jpg

the Cuscus,
https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607994 ... d=15.1&P=0

and Silky Anteater.
https://sp1.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607999 ... d=15.1&P=0

Heck, you can keep yer MLPs. Gimme a holodeck-app of a rainforest with just these guys, lots of yummy fruits and a gentle misty rain, and I will be very very happy [:)] .
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Sun 22 Mar 2015, 08:18

A favorite 'new flavor' of an old-time classic:

Let me tell you how pleased I was to find this killer-combination

HAIDA & TLINGIT style DINOSAURS!!!!

Tlingit Deinonychosaur
http://evolutionlive.blogspot.com/2009/ ... folly.html

Haida Mesozoic Monsters of Wave & Welkin (scroll down to Dec 29 2014)
http://pteroformer.blogspot.com/

I absolutely agree with what Mr. Pteroformer sez about Attenborough. I could listen to Stock Market Indexes read by Attenborough, and they'd be like Shakespeare.

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

Post by qwed117 » Sun 22 Mar 2015, 22:16

I would want to show my "amazing" drawing of a microbe that I saw under a microscope, but right now, I feel like it's a little too Oscillococcinum though.
*sigh* It was really cool. *sigh again*
It was a small semi-colonial microbe. It had several chloroplasts in one cell, and was made of several thin cells connected to each other. Each cell was shaped like a rectangle, and together they moved by pushing against other members of its colony. I only found 2 specimens in the sample, and they were never to be seen again. Does this seem like a microbe to you guys? I really don't know what it is; a preliminary Wikipedia search from the page on protists didn't help me much. There was no obvious categories that it fell into. *Sigh*
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by thaen » Mon 23 Mar 2015, 05:26

Show it anyway! At least in the other creativity, if not here. But I do feel it'd be more relevant here.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Lambuzhao » Thu 16 Apr 2015, 07:12

I think pretty much Horned Toads and/or Molochs used to be my favorite lizards,
unit I met the Toad Mouth Agama (Phrynocephalus persicus)

http://featuredcreature.com/wp-content/ ... %2BPM2.png

This looks like something that might have inspired a kaiju from Ultraman or Pacific Rim.

If the new monster/dinosaur in Jurassic World does not have a mouth with gratuitously spiked action side-lobes like this,
I will be summarily disappointed.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by qwed117 » Thu 16 Apr 2015, 22:36

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

Post by gestaltist » Thu 16 Apr 2015, 23:19

I can’t believe no one has posted the terror birds yet:

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Post by Prinsessa » Thu 16 Apr 2015, 23:44

And moas. And cassowaries.

I've been reading up a lot about synapsids and their ancestors and descendants lately. I'm really intrigued by these middle stages. Of course that also goes for other cool intermediates, like pre-modern humans, whale ancestors, archeopteryx and what have ye. But synapsids are my new passion.

There's surely a connection to my love for historical linguistics and the diachronics and evolutions there.
Lambuzhao wrote:I think pretty much Horned Toads and/or Molochs used to be my favorite lizards,
unit I met the Toad Mouth Agama (Phrynocephalus persicus)

http://featuredcreature.com/wp-content/ ... %2BPM2.png

This looks like something that might have inspired a kaiju from Ultraman or Pacific Rim.

If the new monster/dinosaur in Jurassic World does not have a mouth with gratuitously spiked action side-lobes like this,
I will be summarily disappointed.
Wooah. That's like a frilled dragon going horribly wrong with its frill at some point.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by gestaltist » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 00:13

Prinsessa wrote: I've been reading up a lot about synapsids and their ancestors and descendants lately. I'm really intrigued by these middle stages. Of course that also goes for other cool intermediates, like pre-modern humans, whale ancestors, archeopteryx and what have ye. But synapsids are my new passion.
In the World of Twin Suns, synapsids have managed to stand their ground against mammals. It even has a sentient species of synapsids. Great minds think alike?
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by qwed117 » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 00:18

gestaltist wrote:
Prinsessa wrote: I've been reading up a lot about synapsids and their ancestors and descendants lately. I'm really intrigued by these middle stages. Of course that also goes for other cool intermediates, like pre-modern humans, whale ancestors, archeopteryx and what have ye. But synapsids are my new passion.
In the World of Twin Suns, synapsids have managed to stand their ground against mammals. It even has a sentient species of synapsids. Great minds think alike?
Technically, Synapsida is cladal, and mammals are synapsids. On Earth, there is a sentient Synapsid, Homo Sapiens
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Post by gestaltist » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 00:38

qwed117 wrote:
gestaltist wrote:
Prinsessa wrote: I've been reading up a lot about synapsids and their ancestors and descendants lately. I'm really intrigued by these middle stages. Of course that also goes for other cool intermediates, like pre-modern humans, whale ancestors, archeopteryx and what have ye. But synapsids are my new passion.
In the World of Twin Suns, synapsids have managed to stand their ground against mammals. It even has a sentient species of synapsids. Great minds think alike?
Technically, Synapsida is cladal, and mammals are synapsids. On Earth, there is a sentient Synapsid, Homo Sapiens
And then again, I am pretty sure you understood perfectly what I meant. If you insist on exactness, the sentient species I was referring to is a theriodont and not a mammal. Or rather - analogous to a theriodont.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Prinsessa » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 09:53

Yeah. Synapsids as a whole, or initially, weren't mammals yet, and they branched off into many non-mammalian subgroups before they definitely evolved into actual Mammalia. So there were many opportunities for non-mammalian synapsids to have kept evolving. They just happened to all die out in this reality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synapsid#Relationships

But nonetheless man is indeed historically a synapsid.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by gestaltist » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 10:40

Prinsessa wrote:Yeah. Synapsids as a whole, or initially, weren't mammals yet, and they branched off into many non-mammalian subgroups before they definitely evolved into actual Mammalia. So there were many opportunities for non-mammalian synapsids to have kept evolving. They just happened to all die out in this reality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synapsid#Relationships

But nonetheless man is indeed historically a synapsid.
An interesting tidbit about synapsid evolution: early synapsids had their legs positioned to their sides (like most reptiles do today). This alignment has a serious disadvantage: every step compresses one lung and makes breathing while moving difficult. Note how lizards move in quick bursts: it is because they need to stop to breathe.

Evolving legs positioned under the body instead of on its sides gave mammals (and a considerable advantage. Some other synapsids made this evolutionary jump as well: e.g., gorgonopsia which came to be the dominant predators in that day and age. In the World of Twin Suns, gorgonopsia (or their equivalent) have never been outcompeted by mammals. Hence the oviparous „dogs“.
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Re: The Cool Animals/Plants Thread (Dead or Alive)

Post by Prinsessa » Fri 17 Apr 2015, 10:44

I know. :d Been reading lots and lots. And watched some videos too. It's really interesting.

Yay! Gorgonopsids!

Or perhaps gorgonopsidids in your world.
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