crustaceanFrench researchers have discovered a new crustacean species that is white with a thick covering of fine fur over its claws and legs. It was discovered in 7,500 feet of water in the South Pacific and is so unusual that it was assigned a new family name, Kiwaida, after the Polynesian goddess of shellfish.

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Now here is an interesting species. The number of Bonobo chimpanzees, a close primate relative of humans that inhabits the Congo region, have declined in numberchimp from over 100,000 to less than 5000 in the last 20 years. The reason? Trade in Bonobo meat is a lucrative business in this region of Africa. The meat from a single animal provides the equivalent of two month’s worth of income which has led to extensive poaching.
What a shame it would be to lose the Bonobo chimp. Their method of conflict resolution is truly revolutionary:

Bonobos are known for greeting rival groups with genital handshakes and sensual body rubs. Bonobo spats are swiftly settled — often with a French kiss and a quick round of sex.

It kind of makes you wonder who followed the better path down the evolutionary tree. We can all learn a lesson from these gentle animals. The next time your boss gives you sh*t, just try a genital handshake and see if his/her inner Bonobo comes out.

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swallowtailedmothA random draw from the Wikipedia archives:

The Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is a common species across Europe and the Near East.

This is a large (wingspan 50-62 mm), impressive moth, remarkably butterfly-like. All parts of the adult are bright white marked with faint buffish fascia. The species gets its common name from pointed projections on the termen of the hindwing with brownish spots at their base. It flies at night in June and July [1] and is attracted to light, sometimes in large numbers.

The brown, twig-like larva feeds on a variety of trees and shrubs including elder, hawthorn, honeysuckle and ivy . The species overwinters as a larva.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

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Nice A**!

March 4, 2006

Jon Katz extols the virtues of the donkey in Slate:

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