Opalized wood. Petrified wood is basically fossilized wood that has had it’s organic matter replaced by a mineral such as agate, bit by bit, as it decomposes. The wood structure is maintained, but the wood fibers are slowly changed into stone. Sometimes a jasper, quartz, pyrite or even opal(shown above) can be found fossilized in wood.
is this real??? o.o
Hog Badger (Arctonyx collaris)
…is a not a true badger, and is the only extant member of its genus. Hog badgers are endemic to Southern China and parts of Indochina, and an isolated population in Mongolia. Unlike their badger relatives hog badgers are not nocturnal and are active at both day and night, where they feed on fruits, roots and small animals.
El Triunfo, Yucatán | Florian Schulz
Someone is really gonna enjoy this… :)
:) *Horned Guan
Ballistic, a three-year-old deer with a magnificent rack
‘excuse me my eyes are down here’
Common Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis)
The common scorpionfly male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger. The adult insect has a wingspan of about 35 mm (1.4 in).
The adult is seen between May and September, and can be usually found in hedgerows and patches of nettle. They eat dead insects (although they sometimes eat live aphids), sometimes taking them from spider webs. Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows. Eggs are laid in soil annually and the larvae both scavenge and pupate there.
The great crested newt, also known as the warty newt (Triturus cristatus), looks like a tiny aquatic dinosaur due to the crest on its back that males develop during the breeding season. This species lives mostly on land, but spends between three and five months of the year in lakes, ponds, and ditches. They are widespread throughout Europe, but in a number of places their habitats have been drained, leading to a decline in numbers.
Writhing Skinks (genus Lygosoma) are members of the lizard family Scincidae, where they form the type genus of the subfamily Lygosominae. They are primarily found in India, but some occur in nearby regions. The common name refers to the way these stubby-legged animals move, snake-like but slower and more awkward.
* In the late 19th and early 20th century, Lygosoma was used as a “wastebin taxon”, to which almost every skink newly described was assigned.
(via: Wikipedia) (image: Lygosoma quadrupes, by W.A. Djatmiko )
youre kidding me