anonymous asked:

do you have a list of peer review papers about homosexuality in animals? :) is hard to me find real info, without find a lot of pseudoscience papers against that

Lmao buddy I have a whole database of over 150 papers on animal homosexuality (between 2008-2018) for some research I did at the start of the year, I don’t want to make it public just yet cause I really want to try and publish it. 

I’d recommend anything written by Marlene Zuk or Paul Vasey and I’d recommend getting your hands on a copy of Biological Exuberance by Bruce Bagemihl.

As for specific papers, here are a few I’d recommend: 

  • Laca J, Gunst N, Huffman M, Vasey P. (2015). Effect of Female-Biased Sex Ratios on Female Homosexual Behavior in Japanese Macaques: Evidence for the “Bisexual Preference Hypothesis”. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 44(8): 2125-2138

I love animals that are, like, the opposite of cryptids: we know for a fact they exist and have a clear idea of what they look like because we have photographs and individual specimens, but we haven’t the faintest idea where they’re coming from - they just keep showing up out of nowhere, and the locations of their actual population centres are a complete mystery.

tehmiesh  asked:

Do you know much about metalmark moths? I saw a video earlier today of one mimicking a jumping spider (apparently one of its predators) and it was so cool!

I don’t know a ton about the moths but I do know a bit more about jumping spiders. Choreutidae or Metalmark moths are a family of moths call such because the scales on their wings have a metallic appearance.

The metalmark moths in the genus Brenthia are the ones that have distinct wing dots, patterns and colouration in order to mimic jumping spiders which are a predator of theirs - it’s called aggressive mimicry. 

Rota, J. and Wagner, D.L. (2006). Predator Mimicry: Metalmark Moths Mimic Their Jumping Spider Predators. PLoS ONE.1(1):e45. 
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000045

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“Anatomically correct” mermaid references. Artists unknown. If you know either artist, please let me know! I try to always credit artists, since I am one.

And before I have anyone reblogging this saying “mermaids with cetaceans tails only make sense”, please don’t. Mermaids (that we know of) aren’t real. So really no human/fish-tailed hybrid “makes sense”.

Mermaids live in our souls, they are spirits of wild, untamable freedom and mystery. 🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏽‍♀️🧜🏿‍♀️

Esmeralda is the best Disney (non) princess for these reasons:

  • She’s proud of her culture
  • She kicks ass
  • She’s a feminist
  • She calls people out for being sexist
  • She speaks her mind
  • She’s kind to everyone who deserves kindness
  • She’s a POC
  • Bomb ass hair
  • She dances amazing
  • Her best friend is a goat
  • She earns her own money

No one can change my mind about this

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A great horned owl that occasionally makes an appearance in a friend’s garden. I am always happy for the visit, it’s easy to forget how big they are.  Look at those talons on the fence rail!

This one’s handsome visage is now available at https://society6.com/laughingthrush

Ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata)

The ocellated turkey is a species of turkey residing primarily in the Yucatán Peninsula. It is a relatively large bird, at around 70–122 cm long.The body feathers of both sexes are a mixture of bronze and green iridescent color. Turkeys spend most of the time on the ground and often prefer to run to escape danger through the day rather than fly, though they can fly swiftly and powerfully for short distances as the majority of birds in this order do in necessity. Roosting is usually high in trees away from night-hunting predators such as jaguars and usually in a family group. The Ocellated Turkey is a generalist in terms of its feeding habits. They are known to feed on a wide variety of forage including but not limited to insects such as beetles, moths, and leafcutter ants, grass seeds, nuts, and leaves.

photo credits: Dennis Jarvis

NEW CONSERVATION STRATEGY!!

Ever wonder how poachers make a living? Fielding questions from patrons at the Canadian National Exhibition answered that quite clearly for me.

Without exaggeration, we were seriously asked somewhere around 100 times for tiger claws, rhino horns and elephant tusks. Almost the entirety (if not the entirety) of requests were from Asian and Southeast Asian individuals, including a uniformed police officer! Every time we asked why, we’d be greeted with sheepish smiles and replies such as “luck” or “energy”.

For the first half of the show I’d try to rationally explain why these shouldn’t be purchased based on the principles of conservation. Every time their eyes would glaze over and they’d either walk away mid-explanation or wait for me to shut up before saying “so, how much money would it take to get one?”

Needless to say, I got fed up and it was time for a NEW STRATEGY!

Whenever people asked for one, I’d get all wide-eyed and exclaim, “OH NO!! BAD ENERGY!! You don’t want to bring that danger into your life and around your family!!”

Every time it caught the person completely by surprise and they’d beg for more information.

“They used to be considered lucky but the energy has now shifted! Too much **insert endangered animal** blood has been spilled into the Earth and it has angered the spirit world! THEY ARE NOW CURSED!”

When they asked what brings good luck, I told them Inuit and First Nation products when collected with permits.

“If you want your claws and tusks to have balance and good energy, you must only buy from those who live in harmony and balance with nature”.

You’d be damn surprised how often that worked. I hate providing unscientific information but sometimes you have to fight superstitious bullsh*t with superstitious bullsh*t!