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This 12,400-year-old puppy may be brought back to life using cloning

Well-preserved remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy from the extinct Pleistocene canid species have been discovered near the Tumat village in the Sakha Republic of Russia. Scientists believe the puppy was an ancient pet — one of man’s first best friends. How they plan to bring the animal back to life.

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Amazon rainforest was giant garden city
The "pristine" Amazon rainforest was covered by a vast sprawl of interconnected villages between 1,500 and 500 years ago, according to a study that shows how nature has felt the impact of man for much longer than realised. By Roger Highfield
By By Roger Highfield, Science Editor

“ The findings are important because they contradict long-held stereotypes about early Western versus early New World settlements that rest on the idea that “if you find it in Europe, it’s a city.  If you find it somewhere else, it has to be something else,” Prof Heckenberger said. “They have quite remarkable planning.” Because it means at least one area of “pristine” Amazon has a long history of human activity, the find could change not only how scientists assess the flora and fauna, but also how conservationists preserve the remains of forest so heavily cleared it is the world’s largest soybean producing area. “

another proof of indigenous genius, if you still needed any.
Facial reconstruction made of 'brutally-killed' Pictish man - BBC News
The face of a Pictish man who was "brutally killed" 1,400 years ago is reconstructed by Dundee University researchers.

Here it is! The big archaeology secret I’ve been not allowed to talk about for nearly 6 months…

I’m part of a voluntary organisation called the Rosemarkie Caves Project, and we’ve been doing small excavations on some of the caves that line the south coast of the Black Isle to investigate their potential for archaeology. Last September, on our last day of digging (typical!) we uncovered something truly incredible… The excellently preserved remains of a pretty violently killed Pictish man, tucked into a small nook of the cave. He was on his back with his ankles crossed and arms down by his sides, boulders on his hands and between his legs - a very odd position that screams “ritual”.

Prof Sue Black and her team - forensic anthropologists who usually don’t deal with archaeological remains but those of the more recent past such as identifying victims of war crimes - took on the task of examining the skeleton and detailing his violent demise (the article has the full account). They also created an incredible facial reconstruction of the man - handsome guy.

Archaeologically speaking, human remains in Scotland are generally poorly preserved due to the soil’s acidity. These remains were from a sandy context, protected from the elements by the cave itself, and are perhaps unique in their excellent preservation for their Pictish date.

There’s still a lot more work to be done - we’re waiting for isotope analysis to be carried out to determine a little more about the individual’s origins, and eventually he’ll be written into the broader context of Pictish archaeology, a section of history we still don’t know very much about. What he was doing there and why he was killed we may never know (Sacrifice? Murder? Did the people carrying out the metal working nearby know about the remains, were they the ones who killed him? So many questions!) - but we do know there are plenty more caves to be investigated… Who knows what else we’ll find in them!

If anyone has an questions, give me a shout. 

Shrunken Mummified Devils

“Clahuchu and his Bride - Known and feared as ‘they who creep at night.’ These shrunken mummified figures were found in a crude tomblike cave on the island of Haiti in 1740 by a party of French Marines They are supposed to be the remains of a lost tribe of "Ju-Ju” or devil men…who,after death, followed a custom of shrinking and mummifying their dead. Are they real? We don’t know but…X-Rays showed skin, horns, and hooves - human!“

Imagine you’re a speleologist (also, imagine you know that speleology is the scientific study of caves). You’re just going about your day, studying the rocks and … well, the rocks of the Lamalunga cave network near Altamura, Italy, when your flashlight beam lands on this.

You could be forgiven for temporarily forgetting the scientific method (as well as the basics of bowel control) and assuming you’d discovered the remnants of some ancient, bumpy-headed reptilian humanoid. What you’re actually looking at, however, is the Altamura Man.

He’s not a shitty Italian superhero, but a Neanderthal who stumbled into a sinkhole while out hunting mammoths one day and subsequently died of starvation. In the eons since, calcium carbonate concretions built up a protective layer over his remains, strangely preserving them while also giving anyone who looks upon them a potentially fatal case of the heebie jeebies. Essentially, the cave ingested him. Hell, scratch the past tense – the cave is still ingesting him. Slowly.

6 Scary Archaeological Finds (That Should’ve Stayed Hidden)

anonymous asked:

Are you vegan? If not you are a total hypocrite. Do you drive a car? If so stop driving. I have several fox pelts- all picked up off the highway where cars hit them. Since killing foxes is bad and cars kill foxes you can't drive. Surprise- many people who have fox pelts or mounts? Don't actually kill foxes- just preserve the remains of already dead foxes,. Yes some do raise foxes to kill for fur, but you will have to stop buying pet food if you don't want to support that- fur farms supply meat.

I was going to avoid responding to this because I don’t want negativity on my blog but (Sorry everyone this is going to be a long one), maybe before getting triggered you should have read the post. It was aimed at those who kill foxes specifically for the purpose of taxidermy or fur.

It’s clear English isn’t their first language, so you can’t just take what ever you want from it and then get mad about it. Anyway here are some key parts I think you skimmed over. “If you like to look at foxes, don’t kill them and put them on your wall.” and “People who kill foxes or any other animal for there fur should be locked up and destroy the key…” If you want to do taxidermy from roadkill, fine. But this post was clearly targeting those who hunt living animals. Next, you said “fur farms supply meat.” they kill foxes specifically for the fur, I’m sorry but I haven’t heard of anyone eating fox meat. That’s just weird, you might as well be eating a dog (Literally. They are both Canidae). Fox meat is known to taste awful and there’s no reason anyone would eat it other than trying to survive on an island with no food or something, so that’s a weird and complete crappy excuse of a defence, it does not justify what they do. They are not raising any foxes for meat, they are doing it solely for the fur which no one needs other than "LOOK ITS REAL FUR WOW FEEL IT”.

Killing animals for food and killing animals for fur are two different things. People eat meat as a part of a diet or at least for a functioning purpose. No one/EXTREMELY a small amount of people eat fox meat, so all those farms that are killing foxes for fur are likely throwing the meat away. No one needs the fur of another animal for warmth or survival. just buy a coat that isn’t a dead animal. And next time please be logged into an account so I can answer these types of posts privately, thanks.

An interesting piece of Rhode Island folklore is the tale of the tree root that ate Roger Williams.

When he died in 1683, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was buried in an unmarked grave in the corner of his yard on what is now North Main Street. It wasn’t until 1860 when the decision was made to exhume his remains and give him a final resting place more in keeping with his place in history.

What was discovered inside the coffin was evidence that a body had been there, but also the root of an apple tree. It had grown into the shape of a body, with the top of the root curving where the head would have been, then splitting along the two legs and turning up where the feet had been. 

The root was preserved, and it remains today in the custody of the Rhode Island Historical Society. While historians discount the legend of a corpse-eating tree root, Rhode Islanders have held onto the story over the years, and the root itself is something of a tourist attraction. Currently it is on display in the carriage house behind the John Brown house, housed inside a coffin-shaped case and safe behind a wire cage.

Roger Williams’ official memorial site stands at Prospect Terrace, but his spirit lives on in the tree root that ‘ate’ him.

Marcel Breuer- The Designer

Marcel #Breuer was certainly one of the most important names in the 20th century design history, and it is no coincidence that we are mentioning him right after Kandinsky, since Breuer’s breakthrough was made when his first all-tubular steel chair got out in 1925, and it was named after the Russian painter (the Wassily chair). Since Breuer was an architect by profession, he was also the one to design the interiors of the famous masters’ houses (designed by Gropius), which belonged to Gropius himself, Moholy-Nagy, Kandinsky, and Muche. These houses have remained preserved, and they can still be seen in #Dessau, really close to them main Bauhaus building. A number of Wassily-chair copies and editions exist today – the first place to see them and sit on one is the Bauhaus building in Dessau (operating as a school of architecture today). A number of his other designs can be seen in world’s museums, such as the Brooklyn museum.

The “dinosaur bones” that you see on display at the Museum aren’t really bones at all. Through the process of fossilization, ancient animal bones are turned into rock. 

Most ancient animals never became fossils. Their carcasses were likely consumed by other organisms, or worn away by wind or water. But sometimes the conditions were right and their remains were preserved. The most common process of fossilization happens when an animal is buried by sediment, such as sand or silt, shortly after it dies. Its bones are protected from rotting by layers of sediment. As its body decomposes all the fleshy parts wear away and only the hard parts, like bones, teeth, and horns, are left behind. Over millions of years, water in the nearby rocks surrounds these hard parts, and minerals in the water replace them, bit by bit. When the minerals have completely replaced the organic tissue, what’s left is a solid rock copy of the original specimen.

Learn more on the Museum’s Dinosaur website

The Six Most Incredible Fossils Preserved In Amber

11 new species of 99 million year-old ants

Newfound species of early scorpion from 15-23 million years ago

Some of the earliest preserved remains of a carnivorous plant in approximately 40 million year old Baltic amber

Female scale insect in Burmese amber with over 60 eggs on its back pushes the earliest evidence of insect brood-care to at least 100 million years ago

80 million year old dinosaur feathers 

20 million year old Anolis lizard fossil

via: Forbes


Ancient Skeleton Mosaic Uncovered in Turkey Reads “Be Cheerful and Live Your Life”

Archaeologists in Turkey recently unearthed an exceptionally preserved mosaic inside the remains of a building from the 3rd century. One section of the three-panel artwork includes a reclining skeleton with an arm over its head, holding a glass of wine and resting an elbow on a loaf of bread. On both sides of its head reads the phrase “Be cheerful and live your life,” written in Greek. The purpose of the building surrounding the mosaic, and even when it was made is currently being debated. Some experts believe the triptych was simply the floor of a wealthy person who could afford to have it built, while others think it might be a message in a soup kitchen urging people to get their food quickly and leave.

Valentine once again.

Withered roses between
Iron aged pages
Coffee Brown
Paper edges

She had one each year
For seventy short years
Each of same color velvet
Each from the same
Gentle lover

Petal by petal
She preserved
There remained no
Fragrance of flowers
But essence of love

It’s stem thorns
Pricked no more
Roses left pink
Hue bulb imprints
Inside her favorite book
It said, to love
Is the greatest adventure

Reminiscing past Footprints
It was time for doorbell
To ring once again
It was time for
Her trembling hand
To flip another page

It was time for
A young rose to die
For an old adventure to live.

- Fahad Riyaz.

Genos and his lack of self preservation

One thing that remains consistent about Genos’ character is that he absolutely has no sense of self preservation.

I’m sure it’s a running gag in the story that he can’t get through a big fight without getting dismantled in some way, but apart from that, if you look at the deeper implications, it’s rather disturbing.

First of all, whenever he’s in a dire situation, he NEVER tries to find ways where he can get out of the said situation alive. No, he’s always calculating the best time to self-destruct and 1) At least give some sort of final damage to the enemy or 2) Save others around him.

He never thinks “I can’t die here!” or “I’m never going to give up!”

He’s very realistic and practical. You might argue that this is because he’s a cyborg, but Genos’ brain is human, so it’s probably his own personality and it has nothing to do with being enhanced mechanically.

Which is why it makes me shudder.

(Spoilers ahead for those who didn’t read the manga/webcomic)

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anonymous asked:

SEND 🏚 TO FIND MY INJURED MUSE HIDING IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE. Ignore if you want to. -thepossessedwingedpuffball


Rind knew that the old cabin was to be abandoned soon, no one in their right mind should vacation at this lake. Granted, the lake was very pretty. But the threat of being eaten alive by nighttime hunting creatures was too real. There was blood still staining the white curtains of the cabin.

When times got tough, the vixen had a food store in the cabin. It was mostly edible trash and the preserved remains of prey hidden in the broken refrigerator. It was raining heavily that day, and the Eevee’s burrow had been flooded out. She had to take shelter in the cabin tonight.

She never liked setting foot in the cabin, it was always creepy and eerie. But tonight, there was someone else inhabiting the cabin. The scent in the air was of worry and pain. Whoever was in there meant no harm. Rind carefully stepped into the cabin, trying to seem as calm as possible.

Well, I’m much happier with my progress this year than last year! The latter quarter was an incredibly dramatic slide into HQ!! hell but thankfully I had some other drawings to put on here and preserve my remaining dignity lol - thank you to anyone who’s stuck with me thus far! Can’t wait to see where my art goes in 2016.


The spirit of Cosmiria’s city prefers to use pearlcatchers for possession. Their pearls help them remain a sense of who they once were before becoming a vessel, something the entity finds contentment in preserving. Rather than any other breed, where the soul of the dragon would otherwise be completely consumed upon possession, the soul of a pearlcatcher remains, their pearl acting as a second soul container, ultimately preserving the identity and life of the dragon.


The Mold Cape

Material: Gold

Bronze Age, about 1900-1600 BC

From Mold, Flintshire, North Wales

The British Museum

The cape is thought to have formed part of a ceremonial dress, perhaps with religious connections. The cape was within a Bronze Age burial mound in a field named Bryn yr Ellyllon, the Fairies’ or Goblins’ Hill. The gold cape had been placed on the body of a person who was interred in a rough cist (stone-lined grave) within a burial mound. The preserved remains of the skeleton were fragmentary, and the cape was badly crushed. An estimated 200–300 amber beads, in rows, were on the cape originally, but only a single bead survives at the British Museum. 

It was designed to fit someone of a very slight build and although the gender of the person buried in this grave remains unclear, the associated finds are likely, by comparison with similar contemporary graves discovered, to be those accompanying the burial of a woman.