The lovely ballad of love and murder on the Mexican border won the very first Grammy for Country & Western for Marty Robbins in 1960. But for some it will never feel complete without Steve Martin's video, in which he recreates the lyrics with some non-union actors. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse
on Jan 19, 2008 -
The Aquatic Ape Theory
(often referred to as the AAT or AAH) says humans went through an aquatic or semi-aquatic stage in our evolution and that this accounts for many features seen in human anatomy and physiology. Using the principle of convergent evolution, it says that life in an aquatic environment explains these features, and that a transition from ape to hominid in a non-aquatic environment cannot. See also: BBC
posted by grumblebee
on Sep 20, 2005 -
A new species of monkey turned up in India [NYTimes
]. Though the monkeys are new to science, people in the area are quite familiar with them. They call them "mun zala" or deep forest monkeys. It's a stocky, short-tailed, brown-haired creature they have named the Macaca munzala, or Arunachal macaque.
Maybe not that excting for those of us not excited by, uh, mokeys, but did you know this year there have been other new things discovered?
A new species of plec
and one of Neon goby
, even more exciting, a new
electric fish was found as well. A quick search turned up dozens of new fish this year. ABC News
says 178 new things found in the oceans this year alone, raising the number of life-forms found in the world's oceans to about 230,000. The big question is, of course, how many of those will Taste Like Chicken
The bad news on the little critter front is 1 in 10 bird species could vanish within 100 years
, and I bet they all taste like chicken.
posted by Blake
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Copito de Nieve
, a.k.a. Floquet de Neu
, the only known white gorilla dies at age 37
. It was one of the symbols of my hometown Barcelona. Snowflake was the star of the Barcelona Zoo, he always surrounded by female gorillas (not surprisingly he produced 22 offspring but none of them albino) and was famous because of his bad mood and tendency to throw things around. He was finally put down today as his skin cancer condition was aggravating. There it goes a no small part of my childhood (although I preferred the dolphins, always so cheerful)... Snowflake no longer lives with Virunga and Coco
posted by samelborp
on Nov 24, 2003 -
'Punk' Catfish Among New Species Found in Venezuela
: Scientists studying an unspoiled jungle river wilderness in Venezuela on Thursday announced the discovery of 10 new fish species, including a red-tailed tiddler, a "punk" catfish with a spiky head and a piranha that eats fruit as well as flesh, says The Associated Press
A little more Here
Other new species found recently include Baffling 'Mystery Apes'
[More on them
], some gross, weird things
, and even some Odd Critters
that thrive without oxygen, growing in salty, alkaline conditions, and may offer insights into what kinds of life might survive on Mars. But it's not just little critters, Pseudoryx nghetinhensis
was the first of the new mammal species discovered in quite some time, and even A New
Like this stuff? A New Theory
says many of the ecological patterns we see can be more simply and often better explained if competing species are treated as if they were essentially identical.
posted by Blake
on Aug 29, 2003 -
I'll say it: It's time someone did something about the Monkeys. Over the last two years they have established a clear cut pattern of terror & harassment in countries ranging from Eastern India
, Sri Lanka
or New Dehli
, and the fact remains that it's only a matter of time before these crazed foreign monkeys make their way to places I could actually find on a map, or possibly even America, (possibly in this guy's pants
). When they come, and they will, will our leaders
protect us from their savage rampage? Or is it too late - are they already among us
posted by jonson
on Jul 22, 2003 -
Make love not war.
Amoung humans closest relatives, these monkeys solve conflict by makeing love. A lot. Female dominate society they have no homicide and tensions in the group are non existent.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 1, 2001 -