The Contented Zoologist: Mid Feb 2017

My MS degree from Auburn (just after the last Ice Age) was in Vertebrate Zoology. I would have been just as happy–if not happier–if it had been in Invertebrate Zoology since there are a gazillion times more animals without than with backbones.

And they have had oodles (another highly scientific word) more time to show up with bizarre, worthwhile and “clever” adaptations to life on Earth.

And it has never been easier for an armchair BoZo (I go both ways, botanical and zoological) to explore the world of animal wonders. How could I possibly keep from sharing from time to time?

This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half – The Atlantic

Why This Squid Has Mismatched Eyes – Newsy Story

This new gecko species slips out of its scales to escape danger – CSMonitor.com e-danger

New beetle species poses as an ant’s BACKSIDE | Daily Mail


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

2 comments:

  1. So that’s the origin of “Bozo”! The crab and beetle fascinated me. Wonderful, the way they have adapted. Wonder how the human species is going to adapt to the loss of the use of fingers, since only thumbs are needed to text?

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