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If we treated layman's identification scientifically, imagine all the "morphs" of black mambas we'd have.

This is different though. What you are talking about would be if we treated ignorance as scientifically viable, which we don’t.

This is all about monophyly and its lack of applicability to common language.

We still use the words dinosaurs and birds though, even though birds are dinosaurs.

Extending, we still use the word ‘reptile’ even though the term ‘non-avian reptile’ is necessary to distinguish birds from reptiles.

We still use the word fish in distinction from other vertebrate groups, even though we are all technically nested within the fish.

We still distinguish snakes from lizards, even though snakes are technically one giant radiation of legless lizards.

These are problems that are basically unsolvable, because they come from different origins of ‘knowledge’ - scientific and common.

The mamba problem is caused by idiots.

saltwaterandink:

lesbiangrandmas:

randomfandomteacher:

heretical-hypothetical:

artigosaurus:

queen-of-dork:

i-am-a-cat-eins-zwei-drei:

debisanacronym1:

WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?

NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN

IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!

WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!

VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!

THE UNDERDOG

I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.

SOURCES
HERE

Meanwhile, in the Lovecraft fandom: OH SHIT

Excuse me friends, but a public vote does not equate to a change in scientific opinion. The public gets no say in whether or not a bird is a dinosaur. It is, by overwhelming scientific opinion. This debate does not belong in the hands of the public.

hyacynthus:

Madagascarophis colubrinus (X)

hyacynthus:

Madagascarophis colubrinus (X)

saltwater-solshine-and-science:

Cutie

Phelsuma laticauda

A message from Anonymous
I went looking into moray eel taxonomy and quickly got confused because not all fish are in the same infraphylum or class and now I'm really confused, am I slow for not knowing this?

Fish taxonomy is a mess. Think about it this way: if we treated layterms scientifically, and considered the word ‘fish’ to represent a monophyletic lineage, you, your snake, your pet budgie, and the newts in your pond, and the giraffes roaming the African savannah would all be fish as well.

This is like the ‘birds are dinosaurs’ problem but 100 times worse.

Annoyingly, it’s not common knowledge that fish are this messed up, and popular evolutionary trees often skip over the fact that we are all descended from an animal that even an evolution denier would look at and go “yeah, that’s a fish”.

My recommendation would be to avoid worrying too much about the higher taxonomy unless you really have to. Perhaps some of my more fish-savvy followers (e.g. mothbug/elasmobranchii, fishmostly?) can make a post about our current understanding of higher evolutionary relationships among fish to help you out.

IN THE BONE ZONE

That sounds sexual. It’s not. I’m talking about osteology. I have to describe three skeletons today.

MY FEELINGS ON BEING SINGLE:

preppybiologist:

mo-mtn-girl:

molecularbiologistproblems:

Fuck it. I’m a molecular biologist I’m just going to genetically engineer myself a husband.

I guess there’s a chance I’ll find a frog prince??

didn’t you know getting a frog prince is part of being a herpetologist? the hard part is knowing which frog…

so what you’re saying is SMOOCH ALL THE FROGS!!

Side Note: DO NOT SMOOCH FROGS. Most frogs have toxins in their skin, and are also extremely sensitive to chemical contamination you might have on your mouth. They are also going extinct right now because of diseases that could travel from frog to frog on your lips (or any other part of your body/clothing). So please seek your princes among other animals.

On the topic of an enclosure being too big for an animal

No such thing (at least not in herpetoculture).

Problem: Harder to maintain environmental conditions in bigger tanks.
Solution: Try harder (also possibly spend more money or get a smaller enclosure)

Problem: Unable to find animal to check up on it/find it for meal times.
Solution: Consider a smaller tank.

Problem: Animal is uncomfortable in large spaces.
Solution: Animalian agoraphobia will only occur in a larger enclosure if there are not proportionally more hides. If you have your snake in a sparse enclosure of course it will be uncomfortable. If its enclosure is large enough for it to roam around in and select between different temperatures and areas, and have appropriate hides throughout, this will not be a problem.

By all means get a bigger tank for your animal. Make sure it is environmentally sound, and that it contains enough hide space. Do not tell me your snake is afraid of being in spaces larger than 100 cm x 60 cm because that is a crock of shit; if you think that, you clearly know nothing of the biology of your animals and need to get yourself educated post haste.

Mimosa was the greatest noodle today.

Mimosa was the greatest noodle today.

A message from Anonymous
Take a banana... in 200 yrs time it will be a human being. LOGIC.

theoriginofthespecies:

That’s not LOGIC, that’s a failure to understand basic high school science.

I’m actually suffering from second hand embarrassment at the thought of someone being so scientifically illiterate as to say something like that.

Some of us appear to have evolved further from the ancestral banana than others.

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designmeetstyle:

A kitchen designed with a baker in mind. Design and organize your kitchen for the way it’s used. Bake a lot? Pop up storage tucks away a heavy mixer, but keeps it close at hand. Slotted storage keeps baking tins and pans tidy. 

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