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TROGLORAPTOR SPIDER DISCOVERED

A new family of spider was discovered in a cave in Oregon, called the Trogloraptor (Cave Robber) due to its front claws. It’s the first new spider family discovered in North America since the 1870s and about the size of a half dollar. Nobody knows what it eats yet as it is very shy.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in animals, geekery, weird news

 

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HAWAII – WAIKIKI AQUARIUM VARIOUS CRITTERS

Here are the “miscellaneous” critters that I saw at the Waikiki Aquarium.

A Nautilus, but the light was low so it looks like a weird alien.

 

A Commerson’s Frogfish

Some sort of puffer fish.

And some kind of neat looking shrimp.

A Hawaiian monk seal. So cute!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in adventure, nature, sealife, travel

 

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FRANKENSTEIN MUMMIES!

Some scientists in Scotland just discovered some 3000-year-old mummies that are composed of up to 6 different bodies! That is so cool! Now they just need to figure out WHY. Here’s the article, the photo links to the original page.

Researchers say that a pair of 3,000-year-old mummified corpses that were recently discovered in Scotland are actually composed of body parts originating from six different people.

The mummified corpses were discovered in Cladh Hallan, an archaeological site on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It is the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been discovered.

National Geographic reports that isotopic dating and DNA experiments revealed the unusual pairing of body parts. The tests also revealed that the body parts were assembled and buried together more than 600 years after death, meaning that the assemblage was almost certainly deliberate.

However, it remains unclear exactly why the Frankenstein-like pieces were put together. The merging of mummies and Frankenstein sounds like something out of an unproduced 1930s Universal horror film. But lead researcher and University of Manchester professor Terry Brown says the answer could be simple and somewhat morbid: The original body parts may have simply been plugged in as a convenience to replace missing pieces.

“Maybe the head dropped off and they got another head to stick on,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow researcher and University of Sheffield professor Mike Parker Pearson tellsLiveScience the parts could have been more specifically put together to show the connected lineage between families other time.

“Rights to land would have depended on ancestral claims, so perhaps having the ancestors around ‘in the flesh’ was their prehistoric equivalent of a legal document,” Parker Pearson said.

“Merging different body parts of ancestors into a single person could represent the merging of different families and their lines of descent,” Parker Pearson said. “Perhaps this was a prelude to building the row of houses in which numerous different families are likely to have lived.”

Brown tells National Geographic he believes researchers will discover more composite-like bodies on the island. In fact, he said such mummified corpses may have already been discovered but can only be verified by comparing the DNA of various body parts.

“I think you’d have to go back to a time when the rituals were more bizarre,” Brown said of finding similar corpses. “You’d have to go back to the mists of unrecorded time.”

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in geekery, weird news

 

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THE CLOISTERS – RELIQUARIES

Here are some of the reliquaries at the Cloisters. A reliquary is a vessel that holds a body part of a dead saint or holy person! Medieval reliquaries often took the form of the body parts they were created to contain. Bust reliquaries for the skulls of saints were placed on or near altars and, by the late Middle Ages, were assembled in large numbers in some church sanctuaries. On particular feast days, such busts were carried in processions. (That info was on an info sign in the museum.)

This is one carved of bone.

This is the Reliquary Bust of a Female Saint. She looks very lovely. And a bit stoned, actually.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in art, photography

 

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I THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY ME

it’s nice to know that there are other people out there that are as strange as i am.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in geekery, me

 

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