extras legs

Wow! Genetics can be a crazy force of nature. I had to share this found photo with you guys!

“Frog with eyes in its mouth as a result of macromutation. A macromutation is a mutation that has made a significant impact on an organism, caused by a change in a regulatory gene that’s responsible for the expression of an array of structural genes.

It’s been suggested that the cause of the mutation was the result of a parasitic infection by a trematode worm (Ribeiroia ondatrae). Trematode infections have reportedly been linked to an increasing number of amphibian limb mutations, particularly missing, malformed, and extra hind legs.”

sometimes in order to create brand new animals for stories that take place somewhere other than earth, all you gotta do is abstract the animals we have here. like walruses? slugs with teeth. now you have a mental image of a brand new animal. sometimes you can just use extinct animals too. you ever see a platybelodon? shit’s fucked up just give it extra legs or something and you have yourself a brand new animal, and also an affront to god

People look down on stuff like geography and meteorology, and not only because they’re standing on one and being soaked by the other. They don’t look quite like real science.* But geography is only physics slowed down and with a few trees stuck on it, and meteorology is full of excitingly fashionable chaos and complexity. And summer isn’t a time. It’s a place as well. Summer is a moving creature and likes to go south for the winter.

*That is to say, the sort you can use to give something three extra legs and then blow it up.
—  on science | Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

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Evidence that spiders are basically tiny cats with extra legs.