I’m signal-boosting this officially and also cux I’ve been preparing and rushing for this event so much before my japan trip. Gaise, I will be boothing and selling my stuff for the first time as well. However it’s a local con in my country (Singapore). So if it happens that any of you guys are in Singapore during this period do drop by and give me and my pals some support! Entry is free too! And yes of cux I’ll be selling what u see in the catalogue above. Limited quantities as well per designs. Looking forward to this so much! And hopefully I’ll be able to see you gaise there! <3
Well this is lucky. Apparently for this FossilFriday I’m starting with ammonites in stuff.
This is a look at one of our favourite ammonites, prior to the outer matrix being polished. These ‘Cannon ball’ nodules (rocks) are thought to be exclusive to the Yorkshire Coast, found nowhere else in the world. They rarely contain fossils, but when they do, they typically contain an Eleganticeras sp. ammonite. This fossil here is featured as found. When prepared, the outer pyrite coating of the nodule will be polished, to achieve a golden mirror effect.
Evolutionary biologists have never known
what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. But a
newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be
a ‘missing link’ that helps to settle the debate — or provoke even more
In 2003, researchers reported that
they had found giant viruses, which they named Mimiviruses, with genes
that suggested their ancestors could live outside of a host cell1.
The discovery split researchers into two camps. One group thinks
viruses started out as self-sufficient organisms that became trapped
inside other cells, eventually becoming parasitic and jettisoning genes
they no longer needed. Another group views viruses as particles that
snatched genetic material from host organisms over hundreds of millions
A study2 published on 6 April in Science
provides evidence for the latter idea, that viruses are made up of a
patchwork of stolen parts. But it has already sparked controversy and is
unlikely to settle the raucous debate.
La Scola, B. et al. Science 299, 2033 (2003).
An illustration of what a Klosneuvirus might look like.
Ella Maru Studio