Life

 

Black Smoke Trigger — New arrivals at the studio Kemper Amps — with Baldrick RasmussenDaniel FultonMichael Wagener (not shown), Charlie Wallace and Joshua Coyle-Te Maro.

It’s Charlie, my remote guitar teacher, (should I ever pick the thing up), with his band at the studio of legendary producer Michael Wagener where they are recording their first EP!

Very cool.

 

 

mother and child

A Mountain Gorilla mommy (Gorilla beringei beringei), embracing her child. Photo by Tom Murphy.

Beauty. Gorillas are people, too.

And don’t you forget it.

Capiche?

Good.

 

 

Iggy Makarevich

So sad… she was a friend but I really only knew her a little from the many conferences we were both at. This is really a shock.

g bishop and r e guiley

Greg Bishop to Radio Misterioso

Rosemary was an amazing person, and a force of nature as an author and publisher. We were just getting to know each other in the last couple of years. My heart goes out to her husband Joe, who strikes me as one of the most kind people I have ever met. Spent a few days with them both this last February. Saddest news yet.

Photo from the Integratron on 2/7/19.

She was indeed amazing… and I am proud she was my friend.

Classic shot of Rosemary in 2015:

rosemary ellen guiley

 

 

80-mile-wide swarm of ladybugs shows up on National Weather Service radar

Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service’s radar wasn’t a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over Southern California.

Meteorologist Joe Dandrea says the array of bugs appeared to be about 80 miles (129 kilometers) wide as it flew over San Diego Tuesday.

But Dandrea tells the Los Angeles Times that the ladybugs are actually spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet (1,525 and 2,745 meters), with the most concentrated group about 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide.

NWS San Diego

@NWSSanDiego
The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a “bloom” #CAwx

It wasn’t immediately known what type of ladybug was causing the phenomenon.

The Times says one species, adult convergent lady beetles, mate and migrate from the Sierra Nevada to valley areas where they eat aphids and lay eggs.

(Copyright (c) 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

That is a lot of ladybugs!

 

 

Science Newsfrom research organizations


Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave

First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe

Date: June 26, 2019
Source: Taylor & Francis Group
Summary: A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

It was previously thought that such gigantism in birds only ever existed on the islands of Madagascar and New Zealand as well as Australia. The newly-discovered specimen, discovered in the Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea, suggests a bird as giant as the Madagascan elephant bird or New Zealand moa. It may have been a source of meat, bones, feathers and eggshell for early humans.

“When I first felt the weight of the bird whose thigh bone I was holding in my hand, I thought it must be a Malagasy elephant bird fossil because no birds of this size have ever been reported from Europe. However, the structure of the bone unexpectedly told a different story,” says lead author Dr Nikita Zelenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“We don’t have enough data yet to say whether it was most closely related to ostriches or to other birds, but we estimate it weighed about 450kg. This formidable weight is nearly double the largest moa, three times the largest living bird, the common ostrich, and nearly as much as an adult polar bear.”

It is the first time a bird of such size has been reported from anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Although the species was previously known, no one ever tried to calculate the size of this animal. The flightless bird, attributed to the species Pachystruthio dmanisensis, was probably at least 3.5 metres tall and would have towered above early humans. It may have been flightless but it was also fast.

While elephant birds were hampered by their great size when it came to speed, the femur of the current bird was relatively long and slim, suggesting it was a better runner. The femur is comparable to modern ostriches as well as smaller species of moa and terror birds. Speed may have been essential to the bird’s survival. Alongside its bones, palaeontologists found fossils of highly-specialised, massive carnivores from the Ice Age. They included giant cheetah, giant hyenas and sabre-toothed cats, which were able to prey on mammoths.

Other fossils discovered alongside the specimen, such as bison, help date it to 1.5 to 2 million years ago. A similar range of fossils was discovered at an archaeological site in the town of Dmanisi in Georgia, the oldest hominin site outside Africa. Although previously neglected by science, this suggests the giant bird may have been typical of the animals found at the time when the first hominins arrived in Europe. The authors suggest it reached the Black Sea region via the Southern Caucasus and Turkey.

The body mass of the bird was reconstructed using calculations from several formulae, based on measurements from the femur bone. Applying these formulae, the body mass of the bird was estimated to be around 450kg. Such gigantism may have originally evolved in response to the environment, which was increasingly arid as the Pleistocene epoch approached. Animals with a larger body mass have lower metabolic demands and can therefore make use of less nutritious food growing in open steppes.

“The Taurida cave network was only discovered last summer when a new motorway was being built. Last year, mammoth remains were unearthed and there may be much more to that the site will teach us about Europe’s distant past,” says Zelenkov.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Nikita V. Zelenkov, Alexander V. Lavrov, Dmitry B. Startsev, Innessa A. Vislobokova, Alexey V. Lopatin. A giant early Pleistocene bird from eastern Europe: unexpected component of terrestrial faunas at the time of early Homo arrivalJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2019; e1605521 DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1605521

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Taylor & Francis Group. “Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave: First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 June 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626200313.htm>.

This is FABULOUS news! Huge birds are so awesome! And so dangerous!

Whee!

I got turned onto this by a post by Corinna somewhere at the Centre for Fortean Zoology, facebook, maybe, which I cannot find the link for. So Frustrating.

 

 

Anomalocaris and Opabinia

Anomalocaris and Opabinia by Armel

To suggest Opabina felt terror would overestimate the creature’s abilities. It felt not so much fear as it did urgent self-preservation. So when the thorny appendages of the predator curled around Opabina’s soft, little body, it squirmed and wormed to be free, but did not feel scared. And when the circular jaws of the Anomalocaris puckered against Opabina’s back and bit, Opabina continued its vain struggle all the more violently, but never felt frightened. And in the seconds before all life leaked from the little body, as its insides were stuffed into the ring-like maw of its killer, and its vision blurred, and muscles relaxed, proboscis drooped, and searing pain was replaced with a cool, dark numbness, it still felt no fear. Opabinia simply did not know what death was; it only knew that life should be.

(for @asderat)

Source: armel.deviantart.com via antediluvianechoes

I have always been madly in love with Anomalocaris. Yes, always! Since Hector was a pup, in fact. A wild, wacky, weird little thing. Spectacular.

 

 

the Bunny

Hey, hey, it’s the Bunny!

GIF courtesy of the inimitable ArMaP.

One of the first up-close anomalies ever received from Mars — and to this day one of the most intriguing. NASA says it’s nowt more than a bit if cloth from the landing balloons just passing through in the breeze. Yeah. Right.

I have always maintained that that attempt was just beyond ludicrous, a modern day ‘swamp gas’ salute. Only one of the appendages moves with said ’breeze.’ It simply doesn’t add up. Let’s just say that I would be even more surprised to learn that it was a piece of the airbag than if it was a living creature.

 

 

Wow. Just… Wow.

 

 

Haha!

Rockin’ mama!

 

 

implied facepalm

This image and description, rather sadly, remains preeminent in it’s revelation of the condition of our species.

Tragedy.

 

 

Frank is a true hero and was unfortunately far too advanced for most people’s comprehension.

We Frank lovers stick together.

 

 

sgt james r cone

US paratrooper Sgt. James R. Cone, leaves a tunnel with a puppy that he found while he was searching through the tunnel.

Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.

Source: greasegunburgers

Hero!

 

 

Putin’s dire warning: Anybody listening?

RT America
Published on Jun 11, 2019

Russian President Putin recently spoke about the threat of global conflicts on the horizon and his frustration at Washington’s apparent unwillingness to take the possibility seriously. Rick Sanchez reports.

Folks are advised to take this very seriously.

 

 

It kept me to eat me. Man is rescued after spending a MONTH in a bear den in Russia

D. Hatswell #BBRUK Creature Reports #BBR
Published on Jun 26, 2019

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Warning Graphic Images. A Russian man looking like a living corpse has been rescued from a bear den after he claims the animal broke his back and left him there for a month. The man, who identified himself only as Alexander, was discovered by hunting dogs in Russia’s remote Tuva region, close to the border with Mongolia, local media says. #BBR #BBRUK

I can only say wow. What a jaw-dropping story. Can you imagine? Waiting to be eaten!