Don’t you just love it when you’ve worked for ages on a text post - coming up with interesting topics, getting pictures, checking sources, etc - only to find out that tumblr ate it?  (like it’s not in the queue or in the drafts)
*sigh*
The answer to this past ?Saturday Questions? will be posted as soon as I can find all those sources and rewrite the post. 
*head desk* 

siempresefiel:

just died

Four perfectly good reasons why I need a big dog.

Just binge watched all of Transparent on Amazon Prime.
Great show, but holy frick I hate Maura’s (physically but not emotionally grown-up) children. Like there are times when they cross into an Umbridge level of character loathing.
Don’t want to give any spoilers away, but let’s just say that Maura and the gender issues addressed in the show will break your heart… but in a way that will keep you coming back for more.

Of course now I’ve run into the same problem I have with OITNB…
binging through the whole season at once means I have absolute ages to wait for a new episode. 
(I shouldn’t be trusted with entire show seasons at once)

comaniddy:

All About That Bass (Science Parody)

Join me as we parody Meghan Trainor’s hit song ‘All About That Bass.’

This SciTune is about things like the grand scale of the universe, accepting Pluto’s as a dwarf planet, knowing that we are all made of star stuff, and more.

It’s like the Cosmos meets Pop Music.

[Watch The Video]

<3 <3 <3 <3 

? Saturday Questions?

Q: What is the only vertebrate with a tongue that passes through their torso to be anchored near the pelvis? What is the advantage of such a titanic tongue?

Bonus: What group* of birds have a tongue (and hyoid) that can wrap around their skull?

(Note: Birds in this group may have varying lengths of tongue and hyoid horns, but I’m looking for the general scientific or common name here)

tybalt-tisk:

I feel this burn on a spiritual level.

tybalt-tisk:

I feel this burn on a spiritual level.

A Day in the Life: Classes in Cameroon. (Carey, 2014)
Attending talks and classes at the International Bilingual Academy Yaounde (IBAY) for the CAB Alliance Professional Development Workshop.

The world’s first brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus) C-section was performed at The Sloth Institute Costa Rica on September 27, 2014.

Warning: The procedure video may be too graphic for some. Don’t watch if squeamish. Instead, check out the cool pictures from BBC Earth and io9!

jangojips:

It’s the middle of the night, and I am rocking out to every classical music piece that is remotely in a minor spoopy key and making my Halloween decorations. Why buy them when I have a whole bunch of trash sitting around? FREE supplies.

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So far we have cat hugging deformed skull and cat butt pumpkin.

I need jangojips Halloween decorations in my life. 

Picky Primates: Chimps play favourites when picking tools for ant dipping

Science Daily: 

The new research, published today in the American Journal of Primatology, was led by Dr Kathelijne Koops from the University of Cambridge’s Division of Biological Anthropology and Junior Research Fellow of Homerton College.

"Ant dipping is a remarkable feat of problem-solving on the part of chimpanzees," said Koops. "If they tried to gather ants from the ground with their hands, they would end up horribly bitten with very little to show for it. But by using a tool set, preying on these social insects may prove as nutritionally lucrative as hunting a small mammal — a solid chunk of protein."

Koops points out that if Alchornea hirtella is nowhere to be found, chimps will fashion tools from other plants — but seemingly only after an exhaustive search for their preferred tool provider.

Previous research has shown that chimpanzees will actually select longer tools for faster, more aggressive types of army ants. The average ‘dipping’ tool length across the study was 64 centimetres, but dipping tools got up to 76 cm.

The question for Koops is one of animal culture: how do chimpanzees acquire knowledge of such sophisticated techniques?

"Scientists have been working on ruling out simple environmental and genetic explanations for group differences in behaviours, such as tool use, and the evidence is pointing strongly towards it being cultural," said Koops. "They probably learn tool use behaviours from their mother and others in the group when they are young…"

"This study is part of a big ongoing research project. The next stages will involve looking at social opportunities to learn: how much time do youngsters spend within arm’s length of other individuals; how much time do they spend close to their mother; as well as innate predispositions to explore and engage with objects,” said Koops. (continue reading)

Journal Reference:
Kathelijne Koops, Caspar Schöning, William C. McGrew, Tetsuro Matsuzawa.Chimpanzees prey on army ants at Seringbara, Nimba Mountains, Guinea: Predation patterns and tool use characteristicsAmerican Journal of Primatology, 2014; DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22347

Check out the videos of chimp tool use included with the University of Cambridge press release