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Primate's Avatar Comment 1 by Primate

Wow, this is too cool for words!

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:21:00 UTC | #288136

Roy_H's Avatar Comment 2 by Roy_H

Not only that, even more animals that the scientists missed but Noah had managed to fit on his ark..

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:35:00 UTC | #288138

DalaiDrivel's Avatar Comment 3 by DalaiDrivel

I don't think it's appreciated by those who dine upon them, and those that derive energy at their expense, how quickly we can lose these species.

Seemingly anything can be rationalised within the scope of an economically-centred mindset.

"The more exotic the animal, the more status it often bestows on the person who consumes it."

That's just primitive and stupid, in my opinion.

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:41:00 UTC | #288141

Styrer-'s Avatar Comment 4 by Styrer-

"There is a certain amount of shock because our scientists will sometimes see something that doesn't fit anything they know," said Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Fund's Mekong Program. "They run through a catalogue of wildlife in their brain, asking themselves, 'Have I seen this?'"

No, Primate, the above shows EXACTLY why such wonders, as the article tries desperately to introduce, cannot possibly have any source other than the endangered ur-species of 'Institutus Brainus Collapsus ('Discovery Institute').

Not mentioned above is the remarkable healing properties 'stupidus humanus twattus' (an earlier form of ape which survived, some suggest) can have on the 'IBC'. Funding was unfortunately cut as soon as the first sign of progress was made.

There is a scientific inquiry currently on the verge of being underway to question if there is a morally sound basis on which determination may be made as to the carrying out of doing anything at all at any particular time, but religious authorities, headed up by IBC, have sought to bring a halt to such proceedings by citing 'overwhelmingly unfair amounts of evidence against our position'.

The religious authorities and IBC have submitted separate Motions to Suppress (there was some disagreement between the two identical sides) in this instance, which were granted a few minutes ago.

The defendants, cited as 'Planet Earth', moved for immediate bankruptcy 1-11 protection, which was denied.

The IBC were unavailable for comment, due to massive outbreaks of hilarity and joy.


Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:13:00 UTC | #288147

Clairebear's Avatar Comment 5 by Clairebear

These species in the photographs linked to are all so beautiful! The rat is adorable and the frogs and lizards and snake are all gorgeous bright colours. The snake is SO green, I'm in love with it.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 00:23:00 UTC | #288153

gazzaofbath's Avatar Comment 6 by gazzaofbath

I remember the Mekong Delta being very heavily reported on when I was a youngster with reference to the Vietnam War. It seemed to be the centre of a hell of a lot of fighting at the time.

Good to see that, years later, that had little consequences for a region which turns out to be a treasure trove for wildlife.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 01:04:00 UTC | #288166

clatz's Avatar Comment 7 by clatz

The original article has a link to the WWF report:


Spider with foot-long leg span? That's up there with the (arguably) biggest, the Goliath Pinkfoot Tarantula:

So giant spiders exist on two continents.


EDIT: changed link to report, not the press release.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 01:26:00 UTC | #288177

TheReason's Avatar Comment 8 by TheReason

Somebody help me!

I can't see the pictures. It connects to the website but then it just says 'cannot display'. Grrrrr!

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 02:36:00 UTC | #288208

GandalfGrey's Avatar Comment 9 by GandalfGrey

A hot pink cyanide-producing dragon millipede...

Just what we needed... Thanks Darwin...

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 02:49:00 UTC | #288219

DoctorE's Avatar Comment 10 by DoctorE

~2000 more for Noah's Ark ;)

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 03:16:00 UTC | #288224

Roland_F's Avatar Comment 11 by Roland_F

Somebody help me!
I can't see the pictures

I also can't open the CNN link to pictures. Try this (comments in German but nice prictures):

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 04:14:00 UTC | #288249

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 12 by aquilacane

I'm sure the locals are quite familiar with all of these species. Perhaps they should be called recorded instead of discovered. Kind of makes the local population seem totally unimportant.

In related news, locals from a small Mekong Delta fishing village have discovered that the rest of the world is a treasure trove of millions of species they have never seen before. The village elder on a technology trip to Canada has discovered the bear and wolf, long thought extinct in Mekong Delta legend.

A bit smart ass, I know.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 07:34:00 UTC | #288330

TheReason's Avatar Comment 13 by TheReason

Thanks Ronald!

The link above my last post by Clatz was great, check it out.

So thanks Clatz!

The spider looks cool, green snake, cool.

God really did work in mysterious ways when he created everything. He's like-

'Let make this kreepy crawly HOT PINK and make it spit cyanide. That'll really throw 'em....

It'll take a while for the little devil to walk all the way to Noahs Ark but the mortals are too puny to understand my levels of complexity!'

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 08:06:00 UTC | #288338

Mbee's Avatar Comment 14 by Mbee

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 08:21:00 UTC | #288343

Caudimordax's Avatar Comment 15 by Caudimordax

That rabbit is definitely a transitional form between bunnies and tigers. Pay up, Harun Yahooya! Or Kirk Cameron.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:38:00 UTC | #288357

Tezcatlipoca's Avatar Comment 16 by Tezcatlipoca

But how do they taste(qm)

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:45:00 UTC | #288358

clatz's Avatar Comment 17 by clatz

Ask the spider

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:25:00 UTC | #288402

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 18 by Stafford Gordon

This here Dragon Millipede; what's that metalic looking bit at the end of it?

I'm reminded of the Turkish Caddis Fly saga.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:39:00 UTC | #288412

Eshto's Avatar Comment 19 by Eshto

That thing might not make the best fishing lure. It's practically wearing a sign that says "touch me and you're fucked".

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:46:00 UTC | #288416

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 20 by NewEnglandBob

And I thought the (WWF) World Wrestling Foundation was only about fake wrestling matches.

Who Knew?

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:29:00 UTC | #288432

pipsy's Avatar Comment 21 by pipsy

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
Evolution made them all!

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:20:00 UTC | #288459

the great teapot's Avatar Comment 22 by the great teapot

Let us hope we all get a chance to eat a bit of them before the nutters step in and suggest each is worthy of its own rights.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:27:00 UTC | #288461

pipsy's Avatar Comment 23 by pipsy

I have no desire and definitely no need to eat any of them.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:46:00 UTC | #288474

Eshto's Avatar Comment 25 by Eshto

The rabbit is the only thing that looks palatable.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:54:00 UTC | #288487

Goldy's Avatar Comment 24 by Goldy

21. Comment #302669 by pipsy

All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings,
He made their brutish venom.
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous,
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid--
Who made the spikey urchin'
Who made the sharks' He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small,
Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.


Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:54:00 UTC | #288484

Caudimordax's Avatar Comment 26 by Caudimordax

Goldy - God's Cool Designs

Edit: Where'd you get the poem? Actually, isn't it a hymn?

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:56:00 UTC | #288489

Goldy's Avatar Comment 27 by Goldy

And I see Germanicelt is....ummm, militantly ignorant :-)

Again, I am not so arrogant that I could assume to know how life could have happened. I just assume that since matter came from nothing, and life from non life, there must be a designer. Don't insult my intelligence by mocking 'God creation out of nothing' because evolution says that matter also had an origin, but it just formed the universe of today because it felt like it. All this about one animal changing into another is just a fairytale.....

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:58:00 UTC | #288490

Caudimordax's Avatar Comment 28 by Caudimordax

"The rabbit is the only thing that looks palatable."

Don't eat it! It's a transitional form and I'm counting on Harun Yahya's millions to get me through the recession.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:58:00 UTC | #288491

Caudimordax's Avatar Comment 29 by Caudimordax

27. Comment #302703 by Goldy

There really is a veritable tsunami of stupid out there and it's spreading virally. (mixed metaphor?) Between the "expanding earth" crazies and the "mayan apocalypse" crazies, and the "young earth" crazies - not to mention the "soul winning multi-level marketing" crazies (Save souls! Make $500k per year - part time!) it seems hopeless. Not only are they mired in stupidity, but in some ways the internet reinforces them, and I was hoping the internet would enlighten them. Is it a brain wiring problem?

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:06:00 UTC | #288494

Goldy's Avatar Comment 30 by Goldy

Comment #302707 by Caudimordax
I think it is just a slight misunderstanding of human nature by those that wish to enlighten us :-)
Anyway, the crazies are generally a tiny minority and they do provide amusement at time :-)

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:14:00 UTC | #288499