Nature Sunday is running a little bit late today, but here it is.
Today’s star is Protoanguilla Palau.
Protoanguilla Palau is a newly discovered eel in Palau 2010. It has different features from all of the other known kind of eels or eel fossils, therefore it is a new species and a new genus.
The scientists- Masaki Miya, Jiro Sakaue, and G David Johnson- who discovered this eel stated that it is a living fossil since it has been evolving independently for the last two hundred million years ago during the Mesozoic Era, Age of the Dinosaurs!!!
The name Protoanguilla is a mix of Greek and Latin meaning “first eel”
The researcher said, “In some features it is more primitive than recent eels, and in others, even more primitive than the oldest known fossil eels, suggesting that it represents a ‘living fossil’ without a known fossil record.”
The following is a video taken by one of the researchers, Jiro Sakaue.
The fire alarm at my building went off today. At first I was going to ignore it. I know I am not following basic safety protocol, but the building’s alarm is soooo sensitive, even the tiniest non-visible cooking smoke can set it off. I guess I was taking my chances =/.
Anyways, it rang for a while. THEN, the building started shaking!! That’s when I freaked out. “What if there’s really a fire and it caused the building to shake?” I got out immediately, and went down the stairwell.
Since I am blogging now, you can tell I am safe =P. It turns out to be a false alarm (like always =/ ) As for the building shaking, I just found out, coincidentally a 5.8 earthquake hit Virginia and a “tiny” shock can be felt in Toronto as well.
So my freak out turned out to be a false alarm and an earthquake. Silly me.
It’s a stormy Sunday today, but it’s ok because it’s time for Nature Sunday!
Today’s animal is a Margay.
Margays native in Central to South America, from Mexico to Peru. They resemble leopards and ocelots, but much smaller in size. As a matter of fact, it is one of the smallest kind of wild feline in the “Cats family” with the average body length of 26 in. Margays are exceptional tree climbers- with their light weight (average 6 kg), long legs and tail, strong claw- they pretty much spent their whole life on trees. Margays are sometimes being called Tree Ocelots because of their close resemblance.
Fun Fact: Margays have extremely flexible hind legs. In fact, they are the only mammal that can rotate their ankles 180 degree, allowing them the climb while facing downward.
Saw Graffiti War today. It is about the conflict between one of UK’s Graffiti Pioneer King Robbo and internationally renown Street Artist Banksy.
It all started with this piece- The last iconic piece of King Robbo’s Graffiti (at that time) being painted over by Banksy, which Robbo thought as an act of disrespect. Robbo took his revenge by repainting over it and the vicious cycle begins. The whole thing got blown up into 2 teams of street artists simultaneously changing/ painting over others work.
The movie also tackles into the subject “What is art vs. what is vandalism”. A lot of street artist found it unfair as Banksy’s works are being treated as high end artwork and are being preserved, while others are being treat as vandalism. But in reality, they are BOTH vandalism.
The whole situation ended in tragedy, with King Robbo being attacked on the street and got into a coma.
I am not really taking sides. I guess both artists have their rights and wrongs, pride had taking over both of them, which lead to the result today. They took “it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt” to a whole new level. =[
This week’s animal is a Springhare. Springhares are native in the dry savannas of Kenya and Tanzania, Southern Africa. Although they look like a cross between rabbits/ kangaroos/ squirrels/ jumping rodents, they are actually the only specie in their family with the classification- Pedetes capensis.
Springhare has an interesting resting posture- with it’s body bent forward laying flat between its hind legs while having the top of the head and ears touching directly to the ground. It is suggested that the position helps it to detect vibrations. (from predators)
Fun Fact: Springhares have really strong hind legs, allowing them to jump as far as 30 feet away, which is more than 20 times their average body length.
It’s Sunday again. The week I bring you this cute little fellow.
It is a Emperor tamarin. It is a small species of monkey found in the forests of Brazil and Peru, South America. The monkey was actually named Emperor because of it’s moustache. People thought that this unique feature resemble that of German emperor Wilhelm II.
Fun Fact: 2/3 of the female population are Trichromats, meaning they can see 3 different colours. This gives the animal the advantage to distinguish ripe fruits from raw ones.
the rest of the population are Dichromats (see only 2 colours). Giving them the advantage in detecting camoflaged predators.
Talked to Margo yesterday, and to my surprise she is in Holland, Netherlands. (and has already been there for a month.)
After she graduated, she decided to go on a long trip. She is going to stay there for 2 month just to relax and catch her breath. Meanwhile, during that time, she also went to Barcelona and will go to London in September. Jealousssssssssss…. I want to go on a Eurotrip too!
She said I should totally go and we can meet up at London which is all so tempting. It’s only 7+ hours away!! If only I am not dead broke.