So, bird faces are pretty much just as fucking weird as bird feet. The kind of hinky-looking bastards above are crossbills (genus Loxia), so named because I’m sure you can fucking figure it out. They use their weird little cock-eyed bills to pry open conifers’ cones to get at the seeds. Don’t know how the fuck that works? You’re in good company. Here’s a video.
I should point out that something similar can occur in birds with deformed or overgrown beaks and jaw injuries. (In the same vein, crossbills can wind up with jaw issues that give them straight, normal-looking bills.) This isn’t that, though; crossbills’ beaks just normally look like this, and everything’s functioning appropriately.
Black, Iron Sulphide secreting Scaly-footed Gastropod from the Kairei Vent Field (top), and pale, non-Iron Sulphide secreting Scaly-footed Gastropod from the Solitaire Field (bottom). Scale bar is 10 mm. Nakamura et al. (2012).
The Scaly Foot Gastopod is the only animal we know of that can plate itself with metal. Badass!
BUT they’ve found genetically identical scaly foot gastopods WITHOUT the metal. They both live in thermal vents deep in the ocean, which spew weird - and variable - chemicals. The metal shell is actually structurally weaker, so the metal shell may exist as a side effect of needing to excrete heavy metals out of the snail’s body that accrue when it lives near vents that spew heavy metals.
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Internet sweatshirt or the pug? Hmmmm.
“Hey Ryuk do the Death Note rules say I can’t do THIS”
*Light rips out a page of the notebook and uses it to roll a flat blunt*
reading shitty fic cause you’re so thirsty you’ll accept anything
the best characters are ones that act cool or charismatic but are actually fucking losers
if you dont love heavy you’re wrong
today this boy in my art class was talking about hot actresses and this girl was like “you wanna see hot? ill show you hot” and she pulled out a picture of sasuke
okay i know by gaming it means video games but as if i was going to pass up a chance to do this
also, a follow-up: