survival of the species

anonymous asked:

diane i just had to unfollow 4 people for saying that being against north korea and fucking kim jong un and also being scared they will nuclear bomb us is racist i'm... diaNE

How are people so stupid. How have we survived this long as a species with how stupid we are.

the signs, how they deal with change, & decision making

(recommend checking sun + uranus signs)

aries: makes hasty decisions. thinking about things too long is not their style. they are the embodiment of ‘gut’ decision making. act first, think later. they prefer to deal with material outcomes and situations in the moment, as opposed to concepts - they deal with what is. their impulsive decision making style can have both positive and negative effects - but the aries would rather make a bad decision than none at all. they deal with change in a very material sense - their energy must be channelled into an outcome outwith themselves for them to feel liberated. 

taurus: reluctantly but steadily. taurus’ find it very to deal with change, as they invest so much of their being into that which is beloved to them - be they relationships (esp early formative ones), careers…of course, change can be difficult for anyone, but to taurus’ it is especially relevant. they are the grounded, fixed earth sign, the very essence of stability. comfort and sentiment are integral to their being, and they will make any possible effort to preserve what they hold dear. so change tends shake them a bit - as long as they can find some sort of constant, something to grasp onto amongst chaos they will be okay. they make decisions based on the long term, they are very forward planners as they crave peace and grounding, so that they feel comfortable planting their roots.

gemini: change is what keeps a gemini sharp and thriving; without it, they grow bored easily. there is nothing more depressing to a gemini than small talk, tired old repetition, never experiencing anything new. in this respect they are similar to their fellow air sign, aquarians. as a mutable sign, this attribute is even more pronounced. that is not to say a gemini does not feel connection! their way of being can be likened to the buddhist ideal of ‘non-attachment’ - to hastily summarise, they are capable of feeling love for another without wishing to necessarily ‘posses’ them. their decisions are made with the wish to experience as much as possible - this can occasionally manifest as hedonistic pleasure seeking if they are not careful!

cancer: cancers can be incredibly idealistic, and can easily lose themselves in fantasies of what could be, where each decision could take them - soon they’re immersed within their dream lives in vivid clarity. their dreaminess is a great quality to possess - discord only strikes when they invest in their dream lives to the extent that reality takes a backseat, or the lines between the two become blurred. as cardinal signs, their idealism is an innate quality of theirs. they may idealise the idea of change and be disappointed with the reality of it at times. change can be difficult for them to cope with in particular if it involves loss, as they are the true sentimentalists of the zodiac. likely to keep heirlooms, scrapbooks, some sort of tangible documentation. can cling to the past, and view it through a romantic lens.

leo: a leo will feel at home making decisions, and possess this relentless assuredness that ‘they know best’ - this can manifest very brashly, or as a quiet, but firm confidence (ascendant sign is useful to look at here). indeed, their confidence is not often misplaced - ruled by the sun, leos are adept to offering clarity to seemingly complex situations, seeing things ‘as a whole’, and their future implications. they are likely to make decisions based on a ‘greater good’, but can on occasion be tempted by, or succumb to hedonistic pleasures, or that which is most useful to them. change is alluring to them if they are the ones bringing it about, or, perhaps maybe even more importantly - if it’s leading to fun and new experiences. their unshakeable assuredness means they are unafraid to try unconventional ways, and will likely take the ‘path less travelled’ - if only for the story. they are strong willed, and regardless of change going on around them, their fixed nature makes them a constant - they won’t compromise their closest ideals.

virgo: methodical and calculated, virgo’s motto is: ‘there is no decision that cannot be simplified down to a pros/cons list’. as a mutable earth sign, they are naturally grounded and adept at dealing with change. they have a unique way of problem solving in general, in that they fully ‘take apart’ the situation, break it down into small pieces, and work from there. one of the highest priorities for a virgo is how the potential implications of their actions may help others. external change imposed from outside influences is very irritating to them, however change they feel ‘in charge’ of, that’s come from a place of resolved contemplation is manageable. they are one of the four mutable signs, and the way this manifests in the virgo is through pragmatism - putting things ‘in order’ calms them, and so the process of ‘settling’ things after change soothes them, and on a practical level, is very useful.

libra: libras will microanalyse, scrutinise, pick apart the situation from EVERY possible angle: the sign of the scales, they will weigh out every twist and turn. they are especially prone to trying to use ‘magical thinking’ to try and see how their actions may affect their futures. from the outside, many misunderstand them as scattered or impractical. this isn’t the full picture: the truth is, the libra is trying to find the PERFECT choice to make - and perhaps utilises unconventional means to achieve this. uncertainty is scary, but the more than anyone else, the libra needs to learn that at times, both uncertainty and change are inevitable. this is a lesson that is at times easier to intellectualise than to feel! in concept they are the mirror image of the virgo, as they both strive to perfection. however, they are polar opposites in their execution: the virgo is pragmatic, which contrasts with the idealism innate in libras cardinal nature. 

scorpio: within the scorpio, there are two very distinct elements relevant here: their shrewd, analytical nature, and their depth of emotional intensity. they tend to make decisions from their emotional side (living up to their fixed water quadruplicity), which can have chaotic consequences. however, they are capable of being very calculated, and if they learn to use these energies harmoniously, they are capable of making very powerful, well thought out decisions. they will always prioritise what they feel the strongest pull toward - irrespective of convention or at times, practicality. they do not adapt to change, they make change adapt to them because they refuse to compromise on what makes them feel alive. 

sagittarius: as a mutable sign, sagittarius are amongst the most adept at coping with change. that is not to say they lack sentiment, but more that the thrill and blood flow they feel from experiencing as much as possible tends to overweigh the feeling of loss inherent within change. sags thrive off exploration and spontaneity, and will likely make decisions based on how they can expose themselves to new ways of living, as much as possible. their way of viewing change as another exciting adventure, and chance for growth is truly exciting, and even moreso when they share that fiery energy with those that surround them - it’s contagious! 

capricorn: change to a capricorn is dealt with head on like most other matters in their lives. they will not avoid it, but deal with it. although capricorns are somewhat renowned for their stubbornness, they will accept external change and seek to work with, rather than against it - their stubbornness is more likely to express itself if their very to-the-point way of dealing with change is challenged. decisions are made from a very logical and calculated place - they think out the pros and cons, and then simply, act. as a cardinal earth sign, they stay grounded and practical, viewing situations from a very level head, having a very realistic view of the way things are. this means decisions they make are usually quite well thought out, pragmatic, and will likely come into fruition as they have a great insight and a naturally innovate nature. may be prone to focus on decisions in the scope of solely their own ambitions, which can lead to a sense of alienation.

aquarius: change is a chance for self growth, discovery, and expanding the aquarius’ natural horizons - so naturally they are drawn to it. in fact, the idea of change is far less scary to them than a life of mundanity, staying put and being restricted. in many ways i see similarities between their outlook, and that of the sagittarius. where they differ, would be where the sag would tend to seek out more visceral, thrill seeking adventures, the aquarius seeks change on a more innate level that will expand their worldview, and their way of seeing things. they are well suited to decision making, as they generally will approach things with their signature cool, and rational head. head over heart, for the most part. sometimes to others around them it may feel like they can never really ‘get’ or ‘pin down’ the aquarius - this doesn’t typically bother them too much - in fact, perhaps they are slightly drawn to the idea of being a bit out of reach.

pisces: moreso than any other sign, pisces are very likely to tap into their innate intuitive nature. they will look for signs they’re doing the right thing if they are prone to superstition, or it may be as simple as waiting for something to ‘click’ - it’s difficult for them to put into words, but when they feel that synergy, they find the confidence to channel their energy into wherever they feel the pull. change is only scary to them if it’s going against their inner instincts, but mostly, the pisces nature is amongst the most adaptable, and fluid - especially as they are a mutable sign. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives…it is the one that is most adaptable to change.” (side note: not to say pisces’ nature is paradoxical to strength whatsoever!!!)

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anonymous asked:

How can I become a bird?

Option 1: Several million years of highly selective breeding

Pros: Low demand, high return.

Cons: …Eventually. 

Conclusion: Very worth it, for your (great)800  grandchild. The real deal. Possibility of ending up with mammalian scansoriopterygids along the way. 10/10 would recommend. 


Option 2: Several thousand dollars worth of gear and training

Pros: Immediate returns. 

Cons: Possibility of death. Even worse, people take you for some kind of winged mammal instead. Horrible

Conclusion: Totally worth being poor as heck and dead. Won’t survive long enough to further your species, so who cares what your offspring might think. 10/10 would definitely.


Option 3: 

Pros: Well

Cons: Yikes

Conclusion: Maybe………………………………. don’t.

Okay, but consider this: We actually NEED our crazy, more or less hostile environment. We are, as a species, not built to survive on a more habitable planet.


After a suitable time of acquaintance, so they don’t come across as rude, our new alien buddies offer to relocate us to a friendlier planet without freak weather or shifting tectonic plates, because, well, death world, who would want to stay here?

And since we are starting to have a little problem with overpopulation, we take them up on it. No everyone gets relocated, a surprising amount of people doesn’t even want to relocate in the first place, but it’s still enough people for a few new, first settlements. In space. Everyone’s ecstatic.

Live goes on, and then after a few years people in these new settlements get sick.
They become listless, apathetic and aggressive at the same time, overall depression rises and no one can figure out why. The planet’s perfect for us I’m any way? What’s going on?

I don’t know, though, if I want the humans to come up with a solution or have the aliens figure out what’s going on and go WTF? What is wrong with these humans? They don’t just thrive in adversity, they actually need it?

Why do cis straight couples insist that without them there will be no population growth and we will all die out?? Like… bisexuals and pansexuals exist, trans and nonbinary people exist??

Being what you’ve conditioned everyone to believe is the “norm” doesn’t mean youre the only way we, as a species, can survive??? Take a step down and chill maybe??

I’ve been seeing some of those posts about humans being “space orcs” again. The ones where humans are just insane compared to other space faring species, and it reminded me of something i’d considered humans are also bad for that other species might consider insane: “Close enough.”

What if other space faring species only got there through like, extreme accuracy. Everything is tested and retested and tested some more. Problems are BIG DEAL on a ship no matter how minor because they just aren’t supposed to happen. Math is done down to like a hundred places after a decimal for accuracy. All species are therefore absolutely confounded at the human’s ability to just throw things together and have it work. Malfunctions are much more common on a human ship, but only on human ships are they accounted for. The others just don’t have problems unless they encounter something unexpected, but when they do get a problem they have no clue how to fix it. Humans on the other hand can have a hole blown in their ship and repair it asap because it’s expected. 

This extends to everything that gets built too. When an alien house gets destroyed by weather they determine that place uninhabitable, but when it happens to a human house they just rebuild in the exact same spot. Its confusing as hell because they prepare so much that something having so many problems is inconceivable, yet they also can’t figure out how things that fail so easily also work so well. What would take a complete overhaul from ten people of an alien race gets fixed with “duct tape and elbow grease” by a single human. 

So pretty much to them humans are always driving around with their check engine light on and they have no idea how this reckless species can survive space travel.

anonymous asked:

I once discussed with some rightwinged people about ethnicity. And they said that blacks were a "subhuman" race because they are "obviously" less intelligent than other ethnic groups and that they never invented something or had a culture as Europeans or Persian cultures. But I honestly didn't have a good answer. Do you have some resources on why blacks haven't made such things in comparison to other ethnic groups?

I’m not going to pretend that I’m surprised or shocked to hear this because I, too, live in America, and have encountered this from Conservative Republicans aka Conservative Christians aka Evangelicals aka oblivious racists who claim they aren’t racist because they either have a black friend or have / “know” (talk to, from time to time) some black people in their lives (who have absolutely no idea how racist they are because the don’t actually “know” them, they simply hold basic, watered-down conversations with no substance that allows said white person to be chummy without actually divulging anything about themselves. That being said… 

Point any racist but “totally not racist” people to the ‘List of African-American inventors and scientists’ on Wikipedia; The Black inventor Online Museum because that’s a thing; and I also recommend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s beautiful and enlightening kid-friendly book ‘What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors’ (image below): 

Share with them the ‘History of science and technology in Africa’ on Wikipedia; and for those you encounter who know that there are such things as libraries and museums but can’t seem to you know, make an effort to actually visit them, there’s a resource for that provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services called, appropriately, ‘The Digital Public Library of America’ which permits you to look up local libraries nearest you via address or zip code.

Find Your Library (alternative sources here, here, and here)

Below are some recommended educational programs I highly recommend as well, for the “visual learner”….

FIRST PEOPLES (PBS)

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant. 

Review here.

BECOMING HUMAN (NOVA)

Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA’s comprehensive, three-part special, “Becoming Human,” examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors.

Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a CSI-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. The programs were shot “in the trenches” where discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe. Dry bones spring back to life with stunning computer-generated animation and prosthetics. Fossils not only give us clues to what early hominids looked like, but, with the aid of ingenious new lab techniques, how they lived and how we became the creative, thinking humans of today.

Review here.

THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN JOURNEY (BBC)

A five-episode, 300 minute, science documentary film presented by Alice Roberts, based on her related book. The film was first broadcast on BBC television in May and June 2009 in the UK. It explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory. This theory claims that all modern humans are descended from anatomically modern African Homo sapiens rather than from the more archaic European and Middle Eastern Homo neanderthalensis or the indigenous Chinese Homo pekinensis, and that the modern African Homo sapiens did not interbreed with the other species of genus Homo. Each episode concerns a different continent, and the series features scenes filmed on location in each of the continents featured.

Related review of Alice Roberts’ book by the same name of which this program was adapted, here.

ORIGINS OF US (BBC)

Science series telling the story of human evolution through changes in human anatomy, examining how the human body has adapted through seven million years of evolution.

PREHISTORIC AUTOPSY (BBC)

A journey into our evolutionary past, piecing together the bodies of our prehistoric family, discussing the remains of early hominins such as Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus afarensis.

‘CHILDREN OF AFRICA (THE STORY OF US)’ (melodysheep)

With referenced material from BBC Incredible Human Journey, BBC Ascent of Man, BBC Life of Mammals, BBC Human Planet, BBC Walking With Cavemen, and excerpts from various lectures, ‘Children of Africa’ is a musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructive tendencies and deep similarities with other primates. Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough.


ORIGINS: THE JOURNEY OF HUMANKIND (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

Hosted by Jason Silva, Origins: The Journey of Humankind rewinds all the way back to the beginning and traces the innovations that made us modern.

Related interview/reviews here, here, here, and here.

‘ORIGINS’ ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER PRODUCED BY MELODYSHEEP


Of course, I could go on and on and on referencing various resources to provide people who have unintentionally “inherited” this perspective or who are stuck in a feedback loop within their echo chamber of ignorance, but let’s be honest, the only thing that can actually influence impactful change into a racist person’s mind is the will to self educate, and personal human experience obtained from intimate conversation with diverse ethnicities and cultures. I do hope this helps.

Artist: Norman Guy
Octavia Butler was the first African American woman to professionally publish literary science fiction. She used the genre’s unlimited vistas as a vehicle to explore the complexities of the human experience. With her exceptional imagination and unique perspective, she explored “race,” gender, otherness, religion, relationships, hierarchical behavior, slavery, hybrid beings, extrasolar aliens, vampires, what it means to be human, and whether we can even survive as a species.

anonymous asked:

A lot of conservationists try to maintain an ecosystem that would exist without human intervention, but climate change is affecting every ecosystem globally. How can conservationists respond to climate change while still maintaining a "natural" ecosystem?

Rather than trying to preserve protected areas such as national parks as little pictures of a past to which we cannot return, conservation science and practice are examining how we can conserve ecosystem function, such as fire, and individual species across landscapes under potential future scenarios. Integration of historical and projected climate change trends and ecosystem changes and future vulnerabilities into resource management can allow us to manage ecosystems and species under climate change. Fire management re-targeted to areas of higher risk of catastrophic fire under climate change, conservation of potential climate change refugia for endangered species, invasive species control targeted to areas more vulnerable under climate change, and other measures can help conserve ecosystems and species.

When I was, young and fantasized about becoming a wildlife filmmaker, I imagined I would be living in some remote wilderness meticulously documenting the wildlife that lived there. But it soon became clear that my idea of wilderness was in grave need of revision. In my travels around the world it became clear that our influence extends to every corner of this globe, and there are few natural ecosystems, if any, that are not in some way managed by humans. While working on our most recent film in Yosemite National Park, I asked a few forest ecologists this same question, how do you manage the forests of the Sierra’s in the face of a rapidly changing climate? They told me that they are now looking at climate models to help craft conservation strategies based on what they think the future climate may be. Part of that strategy is to identify refugia, places where special environmental circumstances may enable some species to survive as the climate grows warmer. During past climatic events it is believed that these refugia allowed some communities of species to survive, while others in the surrounding area, passed into extinction. But this is just a piece of that conservation puzzle, and curbing carbon emissions must be a part of that solution, because every species has a tipping point from which recover is impossible. An interesting read that has made me think a lot about our role in conservation (not specifically climate change) is Jon Mooallem’s book: “Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America” a fascinating and thought provoking read.

Baby corvidae

Not a raven/crow but a jay
And they look very similiar as babies. Very small, naked, big beak and the feathers gro in and make them look a bit spikey.

They are absolutely not fluffy and only can stand on their feet in the fledgeling state when their feathers have mostly grown in.

The bird in the ‘crow baby’ pic is buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis), related to chickens more than crows.

When they are very young  corvidae look all very similiar. They are totally dependant on their parents and for the love of birds, don’t raise them without  company as they will otherwise imprint on humans and  that sounds cool but is a nightmare.

Same as handreared cockatoos and other big parrots who imprint on humans.

Also if you find  a baby bird that has fallen out of the nest or as robbed..warmth!!! most baby birds die because they are not kept at body temperature and are feed water(drown) or some unsuitable food.

(Semi) Naked baby birds can survive for a few hours without food, but not warming them kills them in minutes, the younger they are  the faster.

If you really feel the need to feed a baby bird and don’t know the species, insects are safe, even for  vegetarian birds like finches.

Fresh, or frozen and thawed crickets(cut the spiky legs off) deliver nutrition and enough  moisture. Don’t feed kibble, grains or baby food.

That is an easy choking hazard and if it does not kill them because of the wrong food, it weakens their feather built/organs/skeletal structure and they won’t survive for long in the wild.

Some species are more sensitive than others. Specialised insect eaters like swifts and swallows need a diet of 100% mixed insects to properly grow.
Swifts are 24/7  in the air and molt the first time after 2 years  so  so their feathers need to be perfect to withstand the strain of use.
Any weak spots trough wrong nutrition are an easy breaking point and you do not want to be your handrearing for naught.

Corvids can be raised with a bit of high quality kibble, but not solely.

Corvids grow best with whole ground chicken(bones and organs included), feeder mice, insects, high quality kibble(20%) and a bit of  fruits, and later on they can get nuts (fledgeling stage).

Have we told the aliens about capitalism yet? Because I think we need to.

“What do you mean you do not provide your young with sustenance at your institutions of learning?” Captain Caxalonix pressed. He had just seen the strangest story being broadcast by one of the human “news networks” as they called them. Now he was determined to get answers out of his two captives.

“Well, I mean, it hasn’t been proven that it is beneficial,” the blonde woman chirped. She seemed very pompous, much like the supporters of the fallen emperor LadDorm-Punt that Caxalonix and his men had recently disposed off on the planet of Xixatal. Not only that, there was something about her features. They seemed almost fixed in place. Artificial.

The other captive, meanwhile, was a younger woman and she looked about ready to strangle the blonde captive. The human species’ need to kill one another was such a strange facet of their people.

“So, your young can survive without sustenance?” Caxalonix pondered. “How strange. I cannot think of another species in any galaxy that shares such a trait.”

“Oh no no, they do need food,” the blonde hostage corrected.

“But…you said you do not provide it,” Caxalonix frowned, trying to puzzle out what strange human logic was at play here.

“Nope,” the blonde said cheerily. The younger hostage looked even more exasperatedly murderous at this point, and Caxalonix heard two of his soldiers muttering bets which of the two hostages would win in a fight.

“Well, your education must not be mandatory then, so that your young can stay home and get the sustenance they need,” Caxalonix surmised, proud of himself for figuring out what the human was talking about.

“Nope. Education is mandatory,” the blonde said serenely.

Caxalonix did not have the faintest idea what was going on anymore.

“So…your young are required to attend institutions that do not provide for their needs…?” Caxalonix said slowly, not believing this could be the case.

“It hasn’t been proven it is a need,” the blonde smiled.

“Wait, did we not already establish that it IS a need?” Caxalonix said.

“Stop asking her,” the younger woman said. “She doesn’t know what she’s saying, and listening to her is painful. No, providing food isn’t a requirement in schools, no the food isn’t free when we do provide it, yes kids need food, yes people think not providing them with it is okay. Welcome to the fucking United States on the planet Earth.”

Animals that have gone extinct elsewhere can sometimes survive on islands due to the isolation they offer. That’s the case with Cuban solenodons, insect-eating shrew relatives which are part of a mammalian line that has existed since the time of the dinosaurs. Known in Cuba as almiquí, solenodons secrete venomous saliva through a groove in their front teeth. The presence of this groove is an ancient trait, more often found in reptiles.

Today, only two solenodon species survive—one in Cuba and another on the nearby island of Hispaniola. That makes protecting their few remaining habitats for these mysterious mammals all the more important, says Gerardo Begué-Quiala, deputy director of Alexander Humboldt National Park, one of the solenodon’s few known stomping grounds.

Read more about solenodons on the blog. 

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‪when the internet finally dies, i genuinely hope this video is the only thing that survives‬. i want aliens to speculate about humanity as a species based solely on the content of this one video

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According to a recent study by Professor Cedar, Vaporeon has the capability undergo variant evolutions tied to its environment.

This is speculated to be due to the highly volatile nature of Eevee DNA and the evolutionary tactic of extreme adaptability all Eevee possess. To adapt expertly to climate and environment upon evolution, the pre-evolution Eevee will adopt aspects of other residing species of pokemon, ensuring an incredibly high survival rate.

The standard Vaporeon variant occurs if the Eevee has not resided in a particular environment for an extended time, or in heavily populated human city centres.

I will now relate events that took place in the 94th Olympiad, in the city of Athens. I am Hipparchos, son of Nicomakos, of the deme Euonymos, and though I am now old, I will never forget that day.

I was strolling with friends near the Acropolis when we heard the sky tear apart. An object of shining silver came out of the rent clouds and landed near us. Before our astonished eyes, a door opened, and someone, or something, came out.

“Your headman to take I toward,” said the little green man. We stared at him. Barbarians are, truly, getting stranger by the day.

He hit a box hanging around his neck.

“Take me to your leader,” he said, and now his tones were the purest Attic Greek.

“To Alexias?” I whispered to Pythodoros.

“No,” he replied, “better not bother him. Take him to Socrates.”

“Will he believe that Socrates is our leader?”

“He’s a barbarian,” Pythodoros said. “He won’t know any better.”

So we escorted the little green man to Socrates. All along the way there, he looked around curiously and scanned things with his little box, nodding excitedly as he did so.

Socrates was holding court before his little crowd.

“This is your leader?” the little green man said dubiously.

“He is preeminent among us for his mind,” said Pythodoros, laughing.

The little green man indicated agreement.

“Tell me,” said Socrates, “who are you among men?”

“I am not a man,” said the little green man.

Socrates nodded. “What is a man?” he asked.

Homo sapiens sapiens. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and many other extinct species of hominid; H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, which differentiates them from what has been argued to be their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu. The ingenuity and adaptability of Homo sapiens has led to its becoming the most influential species on Earth. Homo sapiens sapiens inhabits the planet Terra, in the system Sol, in the Milky Way.”

Many of us were astonished at this speech, but Socrates only nodded again.

“And you are?” he said?

“I am an inhabitant of Xraxas 9, in the Andromeda Galaxy. I am krax kraxis! We laugh at homo sapiens’ feeble knowledge.”

Socrates nodded once more.

“What makes a man a man?” he said.

“Homo sapiens sapiens is distinguished by a lighter skeleton and a smaller brow ridge than homo sapiens neanderthalensis….” Krax continued in this vein for some time.

“Perhaps,” said Socrates. “But is it not behavior that makes a man, rather than his external appearance? Do you have cities on, ah, Xraxas 9?”

“Certainly, Socrates,” he said.

“And do we have cities here, on Terra?”

“Certainly, Socrates.”

“And is this city so different from your cities?”

“It is inferior!”

“What is inferiority?”

At this point Pythodoros sneaked away.

“You do not have the technology that we have. With a single finger, I could destroy your entire city.”

“But you are not doing so,” Socrates said mildly. “It is because first, you are acquainted with the nature of virtue, and second, you are disinclined to destroy your fellow humans.”

“I am not human.”

“What is humanity? It is not simply the form of this - ” his tongue stumbled over the unfamiliar syllables “ - homo sapiens sapiens. Is it not also, O man of Xraxas 9, in a shared language, and in shared spirit?”

“I do not speak your language.”

“But I can understand you,” replied Socrates. “What are you speaking, if not my language?”

“It is only through my superior technology that I can understand you.”

“But you acknowledge that we are not beasts? For beasts have no language.”

“I…do, Socrates.”

“And what distinguishes us from you, besides your size and color?”

“I….” The little green man trailed off. He pressed a button on his box and spoke in a guttural language. We heard the screaming in the sky again, and the silver object appeared.  The little green man went to join his fellows.

“We will be back!” he said, as they took off into the sky. “Perhaps not in your lifetime, and definitely not in his.” He pointed to Socrates. “But we will return!”

“Ah, Hipparchos,” Socrates said, turning to me. “I find this very instructive.”

I quickly made my excuses.

Jackolope

The Western Jackolope (also jackalope) is the last surviving Jackolope species in the world, the others having been hunted to extinction. 

A large and rare species that looks like a Jackrabbit or a Hare with antlers. They are born antlerless but both the male and female grow antlers as they sexually mature. 

It is unknown why the females grow antlers and they tend to be much shorter than the males but the males use them to fight for sexual territory and packs of females. Unlike deer the Jackolope retains its antlers for the duration of its life and does not shed them.

They are pretty popular as mounts since they are rare but seem to have a pretty sustainable population in the Mojave. There is no season or limit on them and they were prized by the Native Americans for their antlers to use in tool making. 

satan-i-swear-i-was-invited  asked:

But what if aliens did evolve without natural selection like we did and end up being peace loving. Dose that mean the first species that lived survived. If so what would they think of the millions of extinct animal and plants we have or had on this planet? And how we had a hand in a lot of them....

Honestly, I have trouble comprehending how something could evolve without natural selection–like, did everything survive? On a stable planet without much weather variation, maybe reproduction was rarer than on earth but based on some environmental factor…so an entire species that reproduces asexually, I guess? I don’t have the science education or imagination to figure out where either of us was going with this.