Portions of a Ceremonial ArmorDate: ca. 1575–80Culture: FrenchMedium: Steel, embossed, with traces of gildingDimensions: Weight, 17 lb. 7 oz. (7910 g)Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 ArmorCredit Line: Armor: Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1950 Mail Sleeves: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928source: Metropolitan Museum, NY (Permalink)
Sex? It all started 385 million years ago
It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors—armoured fish called placoderms—developed the art of intercourse.
So suggest a team of evolutionary scientists, who point to the fossil of a placoderm species blessed with the name of Microbrachius dicki.
Measuring about eight centimetres (four inches) in length, M. dicki lived in habitats in modern-day Scotland—where the first specimen was found in 1888—and in Estonia and China.
Placoderms have previously been found to be the most primitive jawed animal—the earliest known vertebrate forerunner of humans.But they now have an even more honoured…
(read more: PhysOrg)
illustration: Dr. Brian Choo/Flinders Univ.
Misconceptions You Learned in School
A weekly show where we debunk common misconceptions. This week, Elliott Morgan discusses some misconceptions you might have learned in school.
Bill Nye is my favorite
Dawkins needs to get over himself
Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.
Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.