meet the kalligrammatids. The ~180 million year old fossil below is from Kazakhstan, and may look like a butterfly, but it is in fact a lacewing (a member of the order Neuroptera). This family convergently evolved traits that we associate with butterflies!
Is thankfully probably not the actual mass of the real Maraapunisaurus, this model however has that mass. There are a large amount of oddities with this near mythical taxon, the strangest of which is its placement giving it the anatomy to make it this immense size.
Saved a bumblebee's life today. It was in the pool when i stepped out for a cigg, i let it crawl onto my hand and it spent 30 mins cleaning and drying itself off then it just flew off to live another day. 😊 Glad i stepped out when i did.
This lettuce sea slug (Elysia crispata)
The chloroplasts in its algal food are absorbed and retained in their parapodia(the frilly parts)
These chloroplasts energise through photosynthesis, solar powered when food is scarce
This is called Kleptoplasty
Researchers reported a series of hand & foot impressions that look intentionally placed on the surface of soft travertine at Quesang, on the Tibetan Plateau. They may be 236,000 years old and possibly the earliest known example of cave art [full paper: ]
Myxogastria is a class of slime molds that contains 5 orders, 14 families, 62 genera and 888 species. Among these, Elaeomyxa Cerifera, identified in 1942, is a fungi with fruiting structures that split open to release spores which sparkle like a disco ball