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Jan 30 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: the only angel I believe in

Aside from Mary, that is.

(via NatGeo)

(Also on Sb)

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  1. 1
    Crudely Wrott

    You definitely have an eye for beauty, PZ.

    And a highly developed sense of self preservation, I’d note.

    No wonder Mary loves you so.

  2. 2
    Glen Davidson

    Silly little evolutionary adaptation. A lot better to believe in than something someone conjured up from a human and bird wings.

    It did make me curious as to how it swims. Not especially striking, but it works.

    Glen Davidson

  3. 3
    JohnnieCanuck

    So real angel wings evolved from snails’ feet. Makes more sense than those images that Christians conjured up.

    I mean, come on. An anthropomorphic creation that is a hexapod instead of a tetrapod? What were they thinking?

  4. 4
    A. R

    Wonderful, my week is going to be book-ended by cephalopods!

  5. 5
    PZ Myers

    That’s not a cephalopod.

  6. 6
    tblade

    Once again, the real world proves infinitely more fascinating and beautiful than supernatural mythology. What a thrill it would be to see one of these in person.

  7. 7
    'Tis Himself

    Both cephalopods and gastropods are mollusca.

  8. 8
    A. R

    Oops, thought I saw tentacles! Right Phylum though.

  9. 9
    a3kr0n

    It’s got foot wings?

  10. 10
    DLC

    Holy Paradolia Batman!

  11. 11
    Baktru

    @6: They have Sea Angels on display here at the Singapore Underwaterworld. I’ve seen them a few times now. They’re pretty fascinating :)

  12. 12
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    It’s. A horned angel.

  13. 13
    ChasCPeterson

    Video of sea angels and another (shelled) swimming gastropod. No, they’re not really “gelatinous”.

  14. 14
    chigau (違う)

    What does gelatinous even mean in this context?

  15. 15
    nathanieljacobs

    Melt Banana!!

  16. 16
    bribase

    Nonsense! Thats clearly some kind of prototype Russian submersible. Or an NTI.

  17. 17
    Dick the Damned

    Jumpin’ Jeezus on two sticks, that’s not an angel, it’s a homunculus!

  18. 18
    richardelguru

    @JonnieC

    An anthropomorphic creation that is a hexapod instead of a tetrapod

    Worse than that, aren’t they described somewhere (Isaiah 6:1–3) as decapods!
    (six wings, a couple of arms and a leg or so)
    Why, they could almost be cephalopods. PZ take note!!

  19. 19
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    Fiery… check.
    Flying… check.
    Serpent… erm, tubish and wriggly, close enough. (Hey, bats get to be birds)

  20. 20
    briancoughlan

    Hey! Mary is the Mother of God not an angel …

  21. 21
    Shplane, Spess Alium

    So you’re saying that angelfish are imaginary?

  22. 22
    Lars

    Angelfish? The word doesn’t even make sense.

  23. 23
    scottplumer

    I see a face in it, wearing a mushroom cap hat… Praise Mario, it’s Toadette!!!

  24. 24
    gravityisjustatheory

    richardelguru says:
    31 January 2012 at 6:18 am

    @JonnieC

    An anthropomorphic creation that is a hexapod instead of a tetrapod

    Worse than that, aren’t they described somewhere (Isaiah 6:1–3) as decapods!
    (six wings, a couple of arms and a leg or so)
    Why, they could almost be cephalopods. PZ take note!!

    Clearly they must belong to the same class or phylum as the Hindu deities, and have just evolved several of their arms into wings.

    In any case, the critter in the pic is clearly a Vorlon without it’s encounter suit.

  25. 25
    endosymbiotic

    PZ guess how these ‘angels’ eat? Through the top of their heads! my friend in Japan sent me this footage of when this creature was featured on Japanese TV:

  26. 26
    Sandiseattle

    Truly bordering on cute. But pretty cool too.

  27. 27
    thunderbird5

    I vividly remember the first time I “saw” these – on David Attenborough’s superb “Life on Earth” series (on the telly, 1979). The family just sat in stunned silence. We couldn’t quite believe that something so beautiful existed and that someone had been able to film it and that we were able to see it.

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