currentsinbiology:

Scientists set to excavate Natural Trap Cave
For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 10 metres deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.
Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 25 metres and almost impossible to see until you’re standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals – including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs – shared the misfortune of not noticing the 3-metre-wide opening until they were plunging to their deaths.
Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists what may be their best look yet at the variety of critters that roamed the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains during the planet’s last glacial period around 25,000 years ago.
Des Moines University palaeontologist Julie Meachen said she has been getting ready to lead the international team of a dozen researchers and assistants by hitting the climbing gym.
“I’m pretty terrified,” Meachen admitted Wednesday.
In an image provided by the Bureau of Land Management, date not known, Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition.

currentsinbiology:

Scientists set to excavate Natural Trap Cave

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 10 metres deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 25 metres and almost impossible to see until you’re standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals – including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs – shared the misfortune of not noticing the 3-metre-wide opening until they were plunging to their deaths.

Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists what may be their best look yet at the variety of critters that roamed the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains during the planet’s last glacial period around 25,000 years ago.

Des Moines University palaeontologist Julie Meachen said she has been getting ready to lead the international team of a dozen researchers and assistants by hitting the climbing gym.

“I’m pretty terrified,” Meachen admitted Wednesday.

In an image provided by the Bureau of Land Management, date not known, Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition.

(via somuchscience)


"Otters have a skin flap that forms a pocket so they can keep their favorite rock with them. They use this rock to break open mollusks when eating. Some otters go their entire lives carrying the same rock!” source

"Otters have a skin flap that forms a pocket so they can keep their favorite rock with them. They use this rock to break open mollusks when eating. Some otters go their entire lives carrying the same rock!” source

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brightness:

a dead scene kid is trying to contact me through captcha

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kingsleyyy:

this hedgehog is cheering for u bc u can do anything image

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-wankerr:

sunbaths:

browneyedpretty:

Just another lake photo

Holy crap.

Take me here 😍

-wankerr:

sunbaths:

browneyedpretty:

Just another lake photo

Holy crap.

Take me here 😍

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afroarabia:

"boys dont like it when-" 

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senatorkhaleesi:

homosociallyyours:

fae-with-dirtypaws:

ladywaterbear:

strangelykatie:

mock-up of a princess vs princess page
shoujo style spontaneous flowers GO

In case no one knew, this is a finished comic and it is REALLY CUTE.

THAT WAS THE CUTEST COMIC EVER

PLEASE GO READ THIS COMIC OMFG SO BEAUTIFUL

*screeches cutely*

senatorkhaleesi:

homosociallyyours:

fae-with-dirtypaws:

ladywaterbear:

strangelykatie:

mock-up of a princess vs princess page

shoujo style spontaneous flowers GO

In case no one knew, this is a finished comic and it is REALLY CUTE.

THAT WAS THE CUTEST COMIC EVER

PLEASE GO READ THIS COMIC OMFG SO BEAUTIFUL

*screeches cutely*

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gallavantinggallifreyan:

Okay guys, the bees are dying. This isn’t a joke, or some sort of sci-fi show gimmick. We need bees, they are very important. Please do what you can…even if it isn’t much.

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misstenjou:

devojka:

my semester’s design project

'REACTIVE DYNAMISM'

A dynamic “second skin” which articulates a wearer’s need for personal space by responding to and exaggerating his body language. The piece changes position depending on the movement the wearer makes with each arm.

We used a combination of digital fabrication techniques and handcrafting to get this result.

YOOOOOOO

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brokeyourstupidcrap:

IT’S TOO PRETTY I CAN’T EAT SOMETHING THAT LOOKS THIS GOOD.

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notasock:

notasock:

notasock:

notasock:

Who is Jay Gatsby’s favorite superhero?

Green Lantern

And his least favorite?

Dead Pool

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This is just to say

librarianpirate:

I have eaten

the spiders
that were in
my cave

and which
you were probably
counting
for statistical purposes

Forgive me
I am an outlier
adn
should not have been counted

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s-c-i-guy:

Hebes Chasma, Mars

Image Credit: ESA

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