GOOD NEWS FROM ARIZONA:
Video captures rare glimpse of jaguars mating
You may remember two years ago, we featured video footage from the Northern Jaguar Reserve of two romantically inclined jaguars walking together through an arroyo. Then last year, our cameras captured images of their six-month-old cub heading confidently into the night.
Now, much more exciting, we have retrieved an extremely rare and candid video of two jaguars mating on the reserve. While it is not National Geographic quality, and it is only a 25-second clip, we are amazed that our camera was in just the right place at that moment.
The male and female jaguar were both new to our cameras at the time, and their cub should be starting to wander around the reserve this fall.
View the mating video and other jaguar footage online here.
Video still of “Caliente” and “Seda” on the Northern Jaguar Reserve.
For The Masses:
Herp Adventures in SE Arizona
Recently, friend of the blog, herpetologist, and naturalist, Robert Anthony Villa went on a herping trip to a mixed desert-grassland area in South East Arizona Here are some awesome photos of a few of the things he saw…
1 & 2 - Mexican Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon kennerlyi)
3 - Western Green Toad (Bufo [Anaxyrus] debilis)
4 - California Kingsnake (Lapropeltis californiae)
5 - Black-headed Snake (Tantilla nigriceps)
6 - Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
Hmmm…This is kind of a tricky question.
First off: Very important to remember that “trans” is a product of *our* culture in *our* time. If you dug up a Neanderthal, if would be very presumptuous to call that Neanderthal trans, since we have more or less no idea what Neanderthal system(s) of gender were, if they existed at all, or if they ever had anything to do with Neanderthal biology.
But let’s say you’re doing Historical Archaeology or something, and you know pretty well that certain grave goods are associated with a particular gender. Like, women are buried with swords and men are buried with coins or something. And let’s say you find this really huge skeleton with a v-shaped pelvic notch or whatever it is you use to ‘sex’ skeletons (full disclosure: not a Physical Anthropologist, just hung out with Archaeologists who liked to rag on them) and this person is buried with a sword. What then? It looks like you found a person whose ‘sex’ was male but whose gender was female, right? Is this person trans?
Well, like I said, it would be anachronistic to use that word at all, but putting that aside for a second (since you did say you were unsure of your wording), there are still some issues. It’s possible that you sexed the skeleton wrong; like, maybe this skeleton falls outside of the range of variation for modern biosex females, but can you be sure your archaeological population has the same distribution of traits? This point is less important for sex, where biological differences are often very pronounced, as well as for more modern populations, but it’s still important, especially if we’re talking about “race” (shudder).
Other alternative explanations for the sex being different from what you would expect given the grave goods abound. Like, maybe this person is intersex, and if you had met them before they were a skeleton, you would have assumed them to be female and a woman. Maybe there’s some sort of ‘cross dressing’ going on (yes, I know that word is anachronistic, hence the scare quotes), where one member of the family died and another family member of a different gender/sex started impersonating them, causing the person who died to be buried as if they were their siblings gender. Get creative and I’m sure you can think of a few more explanations.
Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that the only way to *know* another person’s gender is to ask them, which, sadly, archaeologists can’t do. So no, I don’t think an archaeologist could ever say definitively that they’d found a person who was trans.
Walking With Lucy | California Academy of Sciences
Appearing next to a full—scale recreation of the famous “Lucy” skeleton (Australopithecus afarensis) in Tusher African Hall, this computer animation compares the distinctive gaits of a chimpanzee, A. afarensis, and modern human, highlighting the trait of upright walking that the latter two share.
For more information on our Human Odyssey exhibit, visit our website:http://www.calacademy.org/human-odyssey
this wins over other pro-gay commercials because you had no idea he was gay and then you can’t tell which one is his husband
they are showing them as people
not as gays and straights
fuckin love this commercial
can we just talk abotu the fact that the husbands arent even bringing the drinks over theyre just standing there next to the drinks and chatting
fuckin useless husbands
they are showing anyone can be useless. Even gay people
they are saying that it doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight. You can still be a useless person
this post got better
Lithuanian artist, Gediminas Pranckevicius has been a graphic designer for years, but his true talents allowed him to shine once he was inspired to create his own portfolio as a concept artist/illustrator.
His digital artwork has since been used as album covers and has won him numerous top awards. - See more at: http://bonexpose.com/featured/gediminas-pranckevicius/#sthash.CjaDMzeQ.dpuf
TIL I have a fettish for cross sections of lakes
IT’S ALWAYS TEA TIME!