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  1. Monotremes. 83 They're the last remaining descendants of what used to be the norm for mammals. Monotreme means 'single hole', referring to the fact that these organisms have an all-purpose cloaca like reptiles rather than specialized openings for 'business' and 'pleasure'. With the rare exception of tetrochromats, humans have 3 different kinds of photoreceptors - green, blue, and red - which allow us to see all of the colors that we see. By contrast, the mantis shrimp has 16 different kinds of photoreceptors - the three we have, plus 13 we can only guess at. Imagine what the world looks like to them!
  2. Shorter names are definitely better than longer ones, though of course if this is a registered purebred you can go crazy with the registered name and still have a sensible pet name to call them. My breeder friend has a cat named Shaak Ti who's much more commonly referred to as "Spot", and my own little demon is Pretty Fly For A White Guy (but we only call him Vitas). As for Vitas, his most commonly used nicknames are Butthead and Vitas-The-Okayest-Every-Once-In-A-Whilest-In-A-Blue-Moonest-With-A-Chicken-Bone-Waving-Over-The-Keyboard. Thanks dad. If you want something easy to say, pick a name with two syllables, or something that is easy to add an extra syllable (my mom's cat was named Jack, so we called him Jackjack, and my sister has Marc and Holt who are respectively called Marcus and Holt-ee). Cats will generally "decide" what name fits them best when you meet them. I'd suggest picking out a few names that you like and decide for certain once you've gotten the cat.
  3. I would rather one hundred guilty parties go free than see one innocent person put to death. That's about all I have to say on the subject.
  4. Hey it could be worse. Around when ember dragons were released, I picked up this guy. But in other news a friend of mine caught this and gave it to me on day 2 of the birthday bash: EPicS
  5. Odeen


    Or pro-life, anti-welfare, and pro-capital-punishment. The trifecta. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in their minds.
  6. ** WARNING! 550 million years of biology paraphrased ahead. ** The origin of the egg, as near as we can tell, probably sits somewhere prior to the Cambrian Explosion which predates most extant clades of life we know today. Since most organisms that many hundreds of millions of years ago were soft-bodied and rarely fossilized, we don't have much fossil evidence, but the ubiquity of the egg as a reproductive vessel almost requires it (developmental changes in organisms' evolution is exceedingly rare, unlike the formation of eyes etc). From primitive fish, all of whom reproduce through soft squishy eggs of some sort in some manner, came bony fish. Some of those bony fish diverged and evolved into lobe-finned fish such as the coelecanth, which still closely resembles its ancestors. Lobe-finned fish populations further divided and some became shallow water dwellers, which forced a change in body shape, the evolution of air-breathing lungs, and the innovation of limbs that could support an organism's body weight (one such example is the transitional Tiktaalik, which shares both reptilian and fish features). Keep in mind that all of these organisms mentioned so far reproduce using some form of egg. Some descendants of tiktaalik-like creatures further specialized for terrestrial life and eventually inherited a groundbreaking evolutionary adaptation - hard-shelled eggs. These eggs could keep out weather and predators and maintain a relatively constant internal environment, freeing previously amphibious organisms from their need to use bodies of water to reproduce. That is where we begin seeing a huge diversification of reptilian organisms which again divide into groups that would later become archosaurs (crocodilians, dinosaurs), lepidosaurs (lizards, snakes, etc), and theropsids (mammal-like reptiles such as the dimetrodon and their descendants, mammals, which includes us). From the archosaur clade Theropoda, which includes the perennial favorite Tyrannosaurus rex but also includes very small raptor-like dinosaurs such as compsognathus and microraptor, some descendants developed feathered limbs and elongated finger bones which helped small arborial dinosaurs first glide and then fly from place to place. We call the descendants of these theropods avians, which include everything from the bird of paradise to the emu, and the common domesticated chicken as well. As far as can be reasonably shown, all of the organisms in this clade lay eggs and always have, since modern avians lay eggs, extinct dinosaurs have been shown to lay eggs, and their closest relatives (crocodilians) also lay eggs. So again, the egg long, long, LONG predates the chicken.
  7. Bloodscales are now breedable with Splits and Bloodscales. =3
  8. Thanks everyone for all your kind words! I've been following the thread but didn't want to jump in and spoil anything in my excitement. I'm glad you all seem to like these guys as much as I liked making them.
  9. The egg came first. Compared to the biological concept of the egg, chickens are quite young. =3 Potholer54 addresses this . Really an easy question.
  10. An Eohippus is not a horse. It is the ancestor (or at least a close cousin of the ancestor) of the modern Equus genus, but it never was a horse. Saying an Eohippus is a horse is like saying a Pakicetus is a whale, or a Microraptor is a chicken. A horse CAN see directly in front of it, using binocular vision. Normally horses focus their eyes sideways, viewing both sides of their body simultaneously with depthless monocular vision. However, if something passes from the view of one eye across the horse's front, or if they just want to get a better look at something, they can turn their head and focus both eyes forward to view the object with depth-perceiving binocular vision. However, during the brief moment it takes the horse's brain to adjust, the horse cannot make things out very well at all, which means that things moving very quickly (like a predator might) spook them easily. Change that occurs within a single organism is not and should never be called evolution - many species are capable of changing from male to female or female to male based on social or environmental factors, and some are able to switch freely between the two throughout their lives. ------------------------ The paradise tree snake genus, consisting of 5 species in Asia, can't really fly, but by flattening its body and assuming an 'S' position when leaping out of trees it is able to turn its body into an aerofoil, which allows it to glide exceptionally well. They're actually better at gliding than flying squirrels! The sail-backed dimetrodon, while a popular mascot for dinosaur merchandise everywhere, is not a dinosaur at all. The dimetrodon is actually a transitional organism, one of the earliest synapsids (a clade which includes all extant mammals) in the fossil record. Dimetrodons and synapsids like it from the era are known as "mammal-like reptiles". Growing 30 meters long and weighing up to 170 metric tons, the blue whale is the largest single organism to ever exist on Earth. Period. Humans have 46 chromosomes, while the other great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans) have 48 chromosomes. The difference arose some time after the evolutionary split between primitive humans and the rest of the great apes, when two smaller chromosomes fused at their ends into a single large chromosome, now known as Chromosome 2. Sequencing of the human and other great ape genomes is so precise, in fact, that scientists are able to pinpoint down to a few base pairs exactly where the two chromosomes fused together. The Platypus and Echidna are the only remaining members of an ancient and primitive clade of mammals known as monotremes, which lay eggs like reptiles rather than giving birth to live young. Also like reptiles, all their 'business' happens through a single opening called a cloaca.
  11. My masterpiece! IT IS FINISHED! http://dragcave.net/wreath/Odeen