Mar 28 2012

Botanical Wednesday+Metazoan: Cross-kingdom profligacy

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    Is that a carnivorous plant specialized on trapping mice or a plant requiring mammalian pollination or just some mice crawling on a flower?

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    Glen Davidson

    They’re all just eukaryotes.

    Until you can evolve archaeans from a buffalo, you Darwinists have nothing.

    Anyway, why are there still plants (yes I know we didn’t evolve from plants) if there are now animals?

    I do love the displays made for beguiling metazoans into conduits for plant sex.

    Glen Davidson

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    Shouldn’t the word be “interregnal”?

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    Honey Possums? Oh, the cute!

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    Given that they are Australian Honey Possums, I’m going to say these are marsupials, not mice or mammals.

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    @ JohnnieCanuck

    Marsupials ARE mammals.

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    A. R

    Nice one PZ, sneaking it in before the buzzer. :)

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    Nice one PZ, sneaking it in before the buzzer.

    Oh, so we’re all in one time zone, are we?

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    Oops. True that.

    Found this over on Wikipedia and had to share.

    Females are promiscuous, mating with a large number of males. Competition has led to the males having the largest testes relative to their body weight for any known mammal, being 4.2 per cent. Their sperm is also the largest in the mammal world, measuring 0.36mm.

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    chigau (違う)

    Funny looking bees.

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    4.2% of their body weight? That means a 180 lb man would have, if in the same proportion, great difficulty walking.

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    Such Filth and Depravity is in stunning violation of God’s Commandments!

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    Aratina Cage

    You’re just teasing rickw with all this “bestiality”, aren’t you?

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    Yah :) An Aussie botanical Wednesday item!

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    @ Glen Davidson

    Until you can evolve archaeans from a buffalo …


    … oh wait! … not Achaeans?


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    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Thanx, PZ, with all that depressing stuff around this is really apreciated

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    @ yubal,

    No carnivorous plant. Just some honey possums on a flower.

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    A. R

    Can you take a fucking joke Caine?

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    Honey possum just doesn’t give a shit.

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    I didn’t get the fucking joke.

    Still don’t.

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    That is practically a toxic level of adorable there.

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    Caine, Fleur du Mal @4

    Ditto, the cuteness is overwhelming. Of course you have to like ‘possums.

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    Of course you have to like ‘possums.

    Which I do. These are itsy bitsy teeny tiny possums! Pure magic.

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    Doesn’t the pitcher plant kind of look like a toilet anyways?

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    Forgot to say, my wife would kill me if I left the lid up.

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    Caine, Fleur du Mal

    I like the noses. Fried of mine in high school had a baby opossum and brought on the school bus to show off in biology class. Some kids freaked out, as did the bus driver. The rest of us all wanted to hold the little critter.

    They do have sharp teeth though.

    And no, I didn’t need a rabies vaccination as it was immunized pet.

    Still cute though.

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    Sorry friend of mine not fried.

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    They do have sharp teeth though.

    Yes they do. So do rats, of which I has three. :D Honey possums don’t have the standard possum teeth though. They have interesting dentition. See here.

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Maybe in a million years they’ll grow trunks and be the world’s smallest marsupial elephants!

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    Eurasian magpie

    @Markita Lynda

    Have you heard of elephant shrews? Not marsupials though but exactly the kind of critters you are speculating on.

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