Sep 24 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Circumstances under which I’d never wear any clothes

Wouldn’t it be cool to have transparent skin?


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    “Hey, I thought you said the kids ate the last of the Oreos?!”

    Busted yet again!

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    We do have transparent skin we just cannot see the right wavelengths

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    … if said transparent skin were appropriately opaque to dangerous frequencies, such as UV , that would be wonderful.

  4. 4

    You would get early warning about Alien parasites establishing themselves in your thorax.

  5. 5

    Is that picture of poopyhead I or poopyhead II? I’m having problems keeping my poopyheads straight…

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    Marcus Ranum

    Upside: “Hey, what’s that black lump growing on your liver?”
    Downside: “I sunburned my kidneys again…”

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    chigau (違う)

    I’m having problems keeping my poopyheads straight…

    The mental pictures…

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    It certainly would make anatomy study much easier.

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    Glen Davidson

    I’m for keeping the colon opaque.

    Glen Davidson

  10. 10

    I’m for keeping the colon opaque.

    No shit.

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    Not too good for “Sally Impossible” from The Venture Brothers.

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    What a gorgeous little frog! I’d love a chance to see one (or several) of those someday.

    The internal iridescence is amazing and beautiful.

  13. 13

    Randomfactor For the Win!

    -Here’s your shiny new internet.

  14. 14

    No. I’m selfconscious enough about my outsides as it is. I hate having to go to school with a spot on my nose. Having to go with a spot on my liver would just kill me.

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    A. R


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    No way. I like women’s skin just the way it is.

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    Ace of Sevens

    Are those eggs?

  18. 18

    Yes, those are eggs.



    I left a comment on that thread linking to the original of the above image, which is from National Geographic Visions of Earth. The caption for this image was:

    Photograph by Heidi and Hans-Jürgen Koch
    April 2008
    Germany—The see-through skin of an inch-long glass frog reveals her eggs. Native to Venezuela, the frogs lay eggs in bushes and trees overhanging streams. Tadpoles hatch, then tumble into the current to be swept away.

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    Tom J

    No thanks! I’d hate to get a sunburn on my liver and all my insides.

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    On the bright side, it would make part of biology class much less traumatic. “No, professor. I will not dissect the frog. Instead, I will just point and say.”

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    Somehow, looking at that picture, it seems stunningly obvious that a frog evolved from a squishy, wet, semi-transparent, single-celled organism with protozoan pseudopods and all.

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    The article is good too. Great that the reporter asked the scientist how he’d test his hypotheses.

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    Dhorvath, OM

    I would so sit and watch my dinner.

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    Thanks for the links. Pretty pictures are nice, but then I want to know some details of what I’m looking at.

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    Wouldn’t that make pregnancy even more interesting than it already is!

    I’d have a real problem getting used to people’s faces if we had transparent skin. I guess we’d all eventually get used to it, but in the meantime YUCK. It would be like living in one of those creepy old EC horror comic books.

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    Could someone identify the white area that looks a little like styrofoam? Thanks, I read the article very informative thanks Owlmirror.

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    Ironically, perhaps, I would not have the ‘guts’ to go out in public… (Though provably otherwise.)

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