Foros by ParaType.

Foros™ is a modern humanist sanserif font family of 8 styles. Each style contains beside many other alternatives of upper and lowercase letters a ‘unicase’ character set. Foros is a development of a modern pattern of rough geometric shapes in combination with open humanistic forms that produces a mixture of obstinacy and delicacy. Quadratic shapes of ovals bring stability and firmness, but angular terminals of diagonals in several letters together with curved junctions of bowls with verticals stems add emotions and elegance. Such variety in image make it possible to use the fonts in different kinds of display typography. Foros type family was designed by Oleg Karpinsky. Released by ParaType in 2013.

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25% Off Circe by Paratype. A humanist-flavoured geometric sans in 6, upright weights.

Something about the lowercase set that I particularly enjoy… Subjective, to be sure, but the tidy appearance w/ selective omission of ears/stems on some of the characters just does it for me I guess. Especially evident in the lighter-weights.

That lowercase “t” is pretty great as well.


Journal Sans New by ParaType.

The Journal Sans typeface was developed in the Type Design Department of SPA of Printing Machinery in Moscow in 1940–1956 by the group of designers under Anatoly Schukin. It was based on Erbar Grotesk by Jacob Erbar and Metro Sans by William A. Dwiggins, the geometric sans-serifs of the 1920s with the pronounced industrial spirit. Journal Sans, Rublenaya (Sans-Serif), and Textbook typefaces were the main Soviet sans-serifs. So no wonder that it was digitized quite early, in the first half of 1990s. Until recently, Journal Sans consisted of three faces and retained all the problems of early digitization, such as inaccurate curves or side-bearings copied straight from metal-type version.

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25% Off Reforma Grotesque by Paratype. A nice super-condensed poster/titling sans in 4 weights.

What’s nice about this particular package is the weight coverage… Something regularly lacking in super-condensed/titling families in this price range… $23/ea. or $75 for all 4.

Could see this usurping Trump Gothic as my current go-to super-condensed.

The giant Cockroach, Aphthoroblattina (1906)

Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insescta
Order : Blattoptera
Family : Archimylacridae
Subfamily : Archimylacrinae
Genus : Aphthoroblattina
Species : A. carbonis, A. eggintoni, A. fascigera, A. handlirschi, A. irregularis, A. johnsoni, A. sulcata

  • Late Carboniferous
  • 50 cm long (size)
  • Russia, North America and Europe (map)

Apthoroblattina is an extinct genus of primitive cockroach from the Carboniferous Period. Fossils of the genus have been found in England, Wales, the United States, and Russia. The paratype specimen for the species A. johnsoni is recorded to have a total length of 43mm and a width of 38mm, while the type specimens of A.sulcata is noted to have been up to 45mm in length and 25 mm in width if complete.


Stumpffia hara Köhler, Vences, D’Cruze & Glaw, 2010


This species is only known from the western flank of the tiny island of Nosy Hara, off the west coast of northern Madagascar.

Morphology & Colouration:

Stumpffia hara is a large species of the typically small stump-toed frogs (genus Stumpffia), reaching up to 24.6 mm. It possess large eyes and relatively large tympana.

It possesses four well-developed fingers and five well-developed toes, all with expanded terminal discs.

The dorsal side of these frogs is beige with brown markings, forming a sharp border against the brown sides of the head. The underside is fleshy with a violet tint and scattered white flecks.

No males of this species have been found, so any sexual dimorphism remains unknown.


Juveniles have been found in caves on Nosy Hara, but the holotype and one paratype were discovered in a small stream at night, together with Mantella viridis. The call of this species is unknown.

The diet consists of small arthropods, including beetles, larvae, and ants. It is apparently able to eat a variety of foodstuffs, and consume quite a large amount relative to its body size. It is not a speciliased eater.

Conservation Status:

Stumpffia hara is not currently listed in the IUCN Red List. However, a conservation status of Vulnerable was proposed for it by Köhler et al. 2010, due to its apparently very small range, and the potential therefore for rapid population decline due to anthropogenic activity.


This species belongs to a group or rather large Stumpffia species from the extreme north of Madagascar, and a subgroup of these containing S. hara, S. be, S. megsoni, and S. staffordi. Among these, it differs from all by its white ventral flecks, from S. be also by its less expanded finger tips, from S. megsoni also by the absence of orange colouration, and from S. staffordi also by contrasting dorsal and ventral colouration.


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Photos are of the female holotype; the second is taken from Köhler et al. 2010.

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Köhler, J., M. Vences, N. D’Cruze & F. Glaw (2010) ‘Giant dwarfs: discovery of a radiation of large-bodied ‘stump-toed frogs’ from karstic cave environments of northern Madagascar’ Journal of Zoology 282:21-38

A new dwarf deep-water catshark is described, The Narrowhead catshark (Bythaelurus tenuicephalus), is described based on one adult and one juvenile male specimen from off Tanzania and Mozambique in the western Indian Ocean.

Bythaelurus catsharks are exclusively found in deep waters below 200 m depths, and mainly occur in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, whereas only one species is known from the eastern Pacific and no species from the Atlantic. These sharks are poorly known, and so far only few studies have been done.

Also, this year, another catshark from the same genus was found in the  southwestern Indian Ocean, it is the Dusky Snout Catshark (Bythaelurus naylori) also announced here