Stanislav LemThis pessimistic Pole has spent a whole career telling ironic stories of futility and frustration. Yet he is also a master of wordplay so witty that it sparkles even when translated into English.
Of course I got Lem. And I am pleased.
These two bits I snurched off'a sclerotic_rings:
The Cretaceous of China, which seems to be an endless bounty of palaeontological wonders, has given up the skeleton of a two-headed choristoderan. What the frell's a choristoderan? That's why we have Wikipedia.
Also, herpetologists have confirmed parthenogenic reproduction in Komodo monitors (Varanus komodoensis). That's right, female Komodos can make little baby Komodos without the intervention of males. This is not too terribly surprising, as scientists have already confirmed parthenogenesis in populations of other squamate species (snakes and lizards) and some turtles.
Okay. Bedtime is upon this nixar.