Sunday Things - biological edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 9 2012

This week, only one mention of a particular Martian robot! Instead, an attempt at a biological theme. I found lots of things in my bookmarks, but mostly vomit-inducing anatomy...

Close relations: trilobites, headcrabs and facehuggers.
Horseshoe crab anatomy - from Recherches sur l'anatomie des Limules, Paris, 1873. They're fascinating buggers, vaguely related to spiders - heavily armoured, swimming upside down, and with blue blood that's harvested by the medical industry for its bacterium-detecting properties. Extra: more on their anatomy, and some close-up macro shots.

Morbid Anatomy - a vast collection of anatomical waxworks and pickled specimens. Persons in the 18th and 19th centuries had strong stomachs, and sick imaginations. Warning: may contain depictions of syphilitic nether regions. Extra: more anatomy to expel your lunch over.

Also beware: Shelob. Also also beware: Sumatran rat-monkeys.
Waitomo Glow Worm Cave - a New Zealand cave colonised by strange glowing invertebrate larvae, dangling sticky threads in the hope of catching a passing tourist or a David Attenborough...

Bonus Inevitable Robots corner:

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1. Yay NZ!

Posted by Azurist at 1:48AM, Sunday September 9 2012

As someone living in NZ who has been to Waitomo about 4 or 5 times over the last 20 years, it's always a spectacular trip- it culminates with a boat ride through the caves lit by the glow worms overhead. You have to be deathly quiet as any loud noises cause the glow worms to stop emitting light, so the whole thing has a strangely sacred air to it. The glow worms are actually more common around the country than many people think- I used to live out on Great Barrier Island, near Auckland, and have fond childhood memories of our neighbours dragging us down to a pond on their property in the middle of the night to look at the glow worms nesting in the underhanging soil above the pond.

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