Mary’s Monday Metazoan: The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long, and you burned very, very brightly, Roy


It turns out to be true, at least for bustards, that the fast, flashy life leads to earlier burnout. So what’s my excuse? I dunno.

(Also on FtB)

Comments

  1. Lofty says

    What do they die of? Crashing into trees? Hint to bird: wear the big bit of the boa at the back.

  2. 'Tis Himself, pour encourager les autres says

    The data also uncovered a still unresolved mystery: Though these flashy males had passed their reproductive prime, the show still went on, Sorci noted.

    Perhaps, like with humans, bustards have other reasons besides reproduction for having sex.

  3. says

    Ahem:

    The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long, and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.

    What, you thought you’d get away with sloppy quoting around here?

  4. Arthenik says

    And I was under the impression that Pharyngula couldn’t be more awesome.

    Moar Blade Runner references!

  5. daveau says

    Well, there’s a correlation, but the flashy Bustards could be overcompensating for their inadequacy. Kind of like buying a Ferrari.

  6. Moonkitty says

    Lofty

    What do they die of? Crashing into trees? Hint to bird: wear the big bit of the boa at the back.

    Thanks for the chuckle :)

  7. bbgunn says

    Hint to bird: wear the big bit of the boa at the back.

    Along those lines, my first thought was “Cool. Dinosaur with a feather boa.”