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August 15, 2013

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smithsonianmag:

Smithsonian Scientists Discover New Species of Mammal

By Joseph Stromberg

Photos © Mark Gurney

For all of modern history, a small, carnivorous South American mammal in the raccoon family has evaded the scientific community. Untold thousands of these red, furry creatures scampered through the trees of the Andean cloud forests, but they did so at night, hidden by dense fog. Nearly two dozen preserved samples—mostly skulls or furs— were mislabeled in museum collections across the United States. There’s even evidence that one individual lived in several American zoos during the 1960s—its keepers were mystified as to why it refused to breed with its peers.

Now, the discovery of the olinguito has solved the mystery. At an announcement today in Washington, D.C., Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, presented anatomical and DNA evidence that establish the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe) as a living species distinct from other known olingos, carnivorous tree-dwelling mammals native to Central and South America. His team’s work, also published today in the journal ZooKeys, represents the first discovery of a new carnivorous mammal species in the American continents in more than three decades.

Read the full story at Smithsonian.com.

But how did it take this long?

I see that someone has registered @Olinguito on Twitter. I expect this person to make terrible jokes.

(Source: smithsonianmag.com)

12:23 // 11 months ago
August 3, 2013

Does Whitey Bulger’s status as an animal lover (shown top) help his status in court? That’s what his defense team is hoping. Then again, there’s this other photo showing a priest, Monsignor Frederick Ryan, who was defrocked in a child sexual abuse scandal. That one’s a little less helpful.

10:00 // 11 months ago
March 26, 2013
Number of two-headed bull shark fetuses we’re going to post about today? Just one. OK, technically two. (via National Geographic)

Number of two-headed bull shark fetuses we’re going to post about today? Just one. OK, technically two. (via National Geographic)

19:03 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013
Signs that read “Deer Crossing” and the like are going to continue to pop up throughout our country including Avon Lake, but who are these signs for? Deer cannot read, do not obey the law and probably will cross where they wish. Although adorable companions, it is hard to remember the last time that the news reported an animal talking, thinking or providing significant input for the benefit of society. Yet, these signs cost taxpayers like so much of government.

Animals Can’t Talk

The stupid continues here … PatchI promise you, this is not The Onion. 

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And the worst part is she’s not the only person to make this mistake in the past few months. You will pound your head so hard into your laptop after reading this that you will have imprints from keys on your forehead so readable that you can make out the letters.

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16:42 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012
guardian:

A 10-month-old Tasmanian Devil joey pays its first visit to the vet for health checks at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, Australia.  From picture desk: live, our photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world
Photograph: Robert Leeson/Newspix/Rex Features

Terrified.

guardian:

A 10-month-old Tasmanian Devil joey pays its first visit to the vet for health checks at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, Australia.

From picture desk: live, our photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world


Photograph: Robert Leeson/Newspix/Rex Features

Terrified.

9:32 // 1 year ago
October 25, 2012
nbcnews:

Dinosaurs looking for love grew alluring feathers, scientists say
(Photo: Julius Csotonyi via AFP - Getty Images)
Dinosaurs may have wooed potential mates with flashy feathers, peacock style. Researchers have discovered lengthy wisps on a sexually mature adult, but absent in the toddler specimen of the same dinosaur species.
Read the complete story.

This illustration is just … too much. Side note: The name “Dinosaur Feathers” would automatically earn your band a Best New Music on Pitchfork.
EDIT: There is already a band named Dinosaur Feathers.

nbcnews:

Dinosaurs looking for love grew alluring feathers, scientists say

(Photo: Julius Csotonyi via AFP - Getty Images)

Dinosaurs may have wooed potential mates with flashy feathers, peacock style. Researchers have discovered lengthy wisps on a sexually mature adult, but absent in the toddler specimen of the same dinosaur species.

This illustration is just … too much. Side note: The name “Dinosaur Feathers” would automatically earn your band a Best New Music on Pitchfork.

EDIT: There is already a band named Dinosaur Feathers.

(via nbcnews)

15:35 // 1 year ago
June 9, 2012
The life of a horse: In the wake of the decision to keep coulda-been Triple Crown winner “I’ll Have Another” out of the Belmont Stakes today, The Washington Post put up a slideshow of photographer Tim Flach’s visually stunning takes on horses. Above: A photo of a the fetus of a thoroughbred horse that died in utero, after its mother died of colic. (Tim Flach photo/The Washington Post) 

The life of a horse: In the wake of the decision to keep coulda-been Triple Crown winner “I’ll Have Another” out of the Belmont Stakes todayThe Washington Post put up a slideshow of photographer Tim Flach’s visually stunning takes on horses. Above: A photo of a the fetus of a thoroughbred horse that died in utero, after its mother died of colic. (Tim Flach photo/The Washington Post) 

14:10 // 2 years ago
June 4, 2012
reuters:

The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen (back L) flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam June 3, 2012. Jansen said the Orvillecopter is part of a visual art project which pays tribute to his cat Orville, by making it fly after it was killed by a car. He built the Orvillecopter together with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman. [REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares]
FULL FOCUS: The best photos from the past 24 hours

Ranks just above “cat shrine” on the “most disturbing ways to honor your deceased cat” list.

reuters:

The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen (back L) flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam June 3, 2012. Jansen said the Orvillecopter is part of a visual art project which pays tribute to his cat Orville, by making it fly after it was killed by a car. He built the Orvillecopter together with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman. [REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares]

FULL FOCUS: The best photos from the past 24 hours

Ranks just above “cat shrine” on the “most disturbing ways to honor your deceased cat” list.

12:15 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
denverpost:

Boulder’s famous ‘falling bear’ died after being hit by car on U.S. 36
The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

In which a meme suddenly becomes less funny.

denverpost:

Boulder’s famous ‘falling bear’ died after being hit by car on U.S. 36

The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

In which a meme suddenly becomes less funny.

11:27 // 2 years ago
April 25, 2012
In honor of Newt’s now-confirmed departure from the race, here’s some photos of our man with animals. In this case a red-tailed hawk back in 1995. (photo by Joe Marquette/AP)

In honor of Newt’s now-confirmed departure from the race, here’s some photos of our man with animals. In this case a red-tailed hawk back in 1995. (photo by Joe Marquette/AP)

11:14 // 2 years ago