This is a call-out post for my basic boyfriend who doesn’t appreciate biology. I haven’t even gotten to the rant about how modern taxonomy is fundamentally flawed….
The seminar in question was given by Dr. Julia Sigwart who is an incredible, badass and hilarious woman. She wrote a book on trying to redefine taxonomy called ‘What Species Mean’ which is worth checking out. The dragon snail in question is Chrysomallonsquamiferum
Some hype points I took from the seminar:
- 'Species’ is not an endpoint - organisms are the participants in evolution, not the products.
- Taxa are hypotheses, species flow and mingle like clouds through time.
- No hydrothermal vent species has been studied for IUCN red list designation, yet deep sea vents are increasingly the target for mining operations
- Past mass extinctions are measured in taxa extinct (genera upwards), whereas the current anthropogenic mass extinction is only measured in species extinct
- Most species are rare and most clades are small. Therefore it’s not only individual species we are wiping out, but a whole load of broader clades too.
I’ve been sitting on these finished comics for a while, wondering if they’re even worth sharing. I decided to go for it, if just a handful of people find comfort in it, it’ll be worth the minor cringe fit I’m having right now.
┏┓ ┃┃╱╲ in ┃╱╱╲╲ this ╱╱╭╮╲╲house ▔▏┗┛▕▔ we ╱▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔╲ do not get mad at maria for hugging michael because they’re friends, shannon, and nothing more and please stop being ~~overprotective uwu~~ of michael because he would never cheat on you (please don’t doubt his loyalty in the process; it just makes you look bad) and also maria also has fans who understand that both maria and michael are good soft beans who would never betray you and cheat on you so basically just don’t threaten maria who has never done anything wrong in her life ╱╱┏┳┓╭╮┏┳┓ ╲╲ ▔▏┗┻┛┃┃┗┻┛▕▔
Damnit where is everyone getting these girl and boyfriends?!?
I have so much fucking love I am ready to give!!!
I want someone I can nap and hold hands with, bake bread with in the morning with sleepy kisses, walk around town at night or have a disney marathon. But also play video games and goof with at night when neither one of us can sleep