What has pink eyelids, is nocturnal, and lives in sub-Saharan Africa? If you guessed Verreaux's Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus), you’re correct! Though it may look like it’s wearing eye shadow, the pink hue is the natural color of its eyelids—and it’s visible as early as one week after hatching. This bird of prey is also the largest owl in Africa, weighing as much as 6.9 pounds (3.1 kilograms) with a wingspan that can reach over 5 feet (1.5 meters). As a raptor, it’s an apex predator; with the help of its sound-muffling plumage and strong talons, it quietly snatches prey such as squirrels, rabbits, and baby warthogs.
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It doesn't happen a lot, but sometimes people use my pieces as references for their art.
I just love hove vibrant colours are in this art made by @katie.and.the.skyfish
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Happy 220th birthday to my hero, Mary Anning! Mary was a paleontologist born on this day in 1799.
Mary Anning was an early pioneer of paleontology, known for her incredible fossil discoveries in the Jurassic Blue Lias cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Starting as a small child, she would hunt the coastline for fossils to sell to support her family. Mary Anning found some of the first and best fossils of ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and pterosaurs. She also figured out that the “bezoar stones” people put in their teas at the time to cure ailments were actually fossilized ichthyosaur poop! 💩🤣
You would think that a paleontologist with such accomplishments would have statues all over the world. But no, to this day there isn’t a single statue of Mary Anning, even in her hometown of Lyme Regis!! That’s where @MaryAnningRocks comes in! This incredible group is led by a mother-daughter team who want to get Mary her statue, and they need your help! Please give them a follow, and please pledge your support to building her statue! What a great birthday gift to Mary!
My Mary Anning costume was a gift from @nessielovesjelly & last night I had lot of fun with @thegreaterthomson running around as Mary Anning being goofy. Mary had a tough life and I think it’s pretty likely she enjoyed a few beers in her day, though probably not a hazy NE style IPA in pint glass with her own face on it… And while there is no evidence that Mary played basketball (likely bc it was invented 100 years after she died…) she must have been in great shape from digging up fossils and I am sure she would have been a straight up baller! Happy birthday Mary! 🍻🏀🎉