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ITT: Create a realistic (at least by /an/ standards), imaginary animal that lives 50 million years in the future. Describe it, write a narrative about it, name an extant relative, and If you're ambitious enough, draw it. Megafauna are encouraged but don't get carried away. Be creative. Pic related is my first entry.
>Morphology: raptorial cetacean (whale)
>Length: up to 42 meters
>Mass: up to 320 Tonnes
>Role: apex marine predator
>Present Day Ancestor: Orca (Killer Whales)
>Deusposiedon enjoys its position as the pinnacle predator of the ocean of the future.
>It evolved from present day Orcas but developed a head more akin to the Sperm Whale, of which it has no relation.
>It's teeth can be as large as 1 meter in length and weigh 70 kilograms, giving it a fearsome mouth that can effectively bite a small yacht in half.
>In order to attain its immense size, Deusposiedon evolved the unique ability to adjust its metabolism at conscious will, to compensate for the environment and availability of prey.
>The animal bears a hint of the classic black and white coloration of its Orca ancestors, albeit boasting far more vibrant and complex scheme.
>Deusposiedon's diet includes virtually anything human sized or larger that swims in the ocean, although it has somewhat discriminating taste.
>When the animal's metabolism is "set" at high, it can make transoceanic trips in as little as a week.
>While a supremely fearsome predator, Duesposiedon exhibits the grace found in all whales and dolphins.
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Hello /an/. I've an interesting piece of text to share with you. It's called the intelligence of ants.
"A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots."
Peter Miller, National Geographic
What is intelligence? Well, Mainstream Science on Intelligence, an editorial statement by fifty-two, yes, you read correctly, fifty-two researchers defined intelligence as: „A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings—'catching on,' 'making sense' of things, or 'figuring out' what to do.“
So, can a single ant do any of this? The answer, of course, is no. But maybe a single ant isn't really what we should be looking at. Maybe instead we should be looking at the whole picture. The whole ant hive. To quote Wikipedia: „Organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations.“ Can a single ant do this? Well, it does have a metabolism, it does maintain homeostasis, it grows, it responds to stimuli, but it cannot reproduce and it cannot adapt to it's environment in sucessive generations. Not on it's own. But an ant hive can. An ant hive undergoes metabolism, a „set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms,“ through the metabolisms of each particular ant, it maintains homeostasis, a chemical balance within the hive, the hive grows, responds to stimuli, reproduces through the queen and adapts to it's environment.
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Alright /an/, I'm bored and will be home all night. Anyone got any questions for an evil Petsmart worker? (Kidding?) Our policies, procedures, blah blah anything. I've worked there for 3 months now and don't know everything, but this is the best job I've had so far and will continue learning there, I hope.
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Okay guys, long time lurker first time poster here. I just wanted to hear what you guys had to say on the subject of red wasps.
Let me start by saying I'm a firm believer in the philosophy, if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone. This seems to be true with 90% of the wasps I've encountered, which is a ton since I live in a rural area of Missouri.
Now I've lived peacefully with them for a very long time but I've been stung by red wasps a total of 5 times this summer while cutting grass. I have a large nest under the eve of my front porch, but these are the regular wasps I'm used to seeing. In fact, despite me being within 10 feet of their nest multiple times a day they never bother me.
The red wasps however have stung me before, during, and after I cut the grass. I have looked and looked for their nest and finally I found it in a tree a good 30 feet away from the house. I've even witnessed the red wasps attacking the other species.
My question is are these wasps more aggressive than their counterparts? And has anyone else had unusual experiences with these guys? I'm just somewhat curious and I'll check back when I'm finished cutting grass(hopefully while avoiding these little monsters.)