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Okay, who’s ready to have their mind BLOWN?!
Check out this absolutely stunning Blue Cloud Forest Millipede (Pararhachistes potosinus) found only in the remote high altitude cloud forests of Mexico. The bright blue coloration warns predators about its ability to produce toxic secretions.
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Photo credits: Luis Stevens, George Grall
OK, I just finished this painting yesterday. It’s about 46”x36” acrylic on maple panel, and It doesn’t have a title yet (any suggestions? I’d love to hear your ideas!) It’s a painting of my 2 year old daughter growing out of a fungus with insects all around her and a geode in her stomach. As the painting has evolved over the last several weeks it has been interesting to watch her reaction to it. She keeps feeling around in her hair expecting to touch velvety wings, and that her belly is full of crystals, which she calls “Broken Belly”.
This painting (among the others that I have been showing here on Tumblr) are slated to show at the Joshua Liner Gallery in NY October-Nov. If you’d like you can shoot me an email to be placed on the list email@example.com. Or to see more paintings like this please visit www.tiffanybozic.com
First glimpse of three new miniature mammal species
“More than 40 camera traps were set up in two little-studied mountains in the remote Torricelli range, which is found in north-east Papua New Guinea. The study caught on camera for the first time the Docopsulus wallaby, a ‘Dumbo’ mouse with giant ears and an antechinus, a sort of shrew-like marsupial”
A new, tiny species of elephant shrew, also called a round-eared sengi, has been discovered in the Namib Desert in Africa, scientists say.
The newbie, now called Macroscelides micus, is the smallest member of the scientific order Macroscelidea, which now includes 19 known sengis. Like other sengi, the creature sports a narrow, trunk-like snout.
One of the study researchers, Michael Griffin of the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, collected the first representative of this newfound species around the ancient Etendeka volcanic formation, which is an arid area inland from the coastal Namib Desert between the Ugab and Hoanib rivers. At first, the researchers thought the creature was a known species from Namibia,Macroscelides flavicaudatus. [See Photos of Evolution’s Most Extreme Mammals]
"We knew that it looked a little odd, but it was the genetic analyses that suggested that it was really very different," researcher John Dumbacher, curator of ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, told Live Science in an email. "Once we got back to the field and saw several live individuals, it was clear that they differed from M. flavicaudatus in many ways, and that this wasn’t just an ‘odd’ individual.”
For instance, not only is the newbie smaller than any other sengi — at just 7.5 inches, or 190 millimeters, from nose-tip to tail-tip — it also has redder fur and lighter skin, particularly noticeable on the ears and feet, Dumbacher said.
"They also have a very large scent gland on their tail, which is probably important in signaling other members of their species in order to find mates and mark territories," Dumbacher added.
Subsequent trips taken by the team revealed the newfound sengi lives throughout this ancient volcanic region, which is about 136 miles (220 kilometers) long and about 62 miles (100 km) wide, Dumbacher said. The creature likely evolved its red fur as an adaptation to blend into the region’s red soil.
"We hope to learn more about this in coming field seasons, where we plan to radio-collar some of these small sengis and study their activities and spatial movements," Dumbacher said.
The little sengi is described this week in the Journal of Mammalogy.
Congrats to my husband Jack Dumbacher, and our dear friend Galen Rathbun for recently discovering this little Elephant Shrew. We will be going to study these adorable creatures this fall, more details soon
Flash II. Graphite and Digital Color. 7010 x 10034 px, 2014.
Publication info London :Printed by Taylor and Francis ;1861
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Another amazing artist John Gould…