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Addendum: Eight arms to hold you.

Just came across this article on an anigmatic new taxon from the Ediacaran, reporting the discovery of the eight-armed organism Eoandromeda octobrachiata from China and Australia. The article isn't very well written, but it's a gorgeous little beastie. You can also read the abstract from the actual paper in Geology (in which the creature was described) here.



Eoandromeda octobrachiata

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sovay
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
That is cool.
txtriffidranch
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
The Ediacara fauna just keeps getting more and more interesting, doesn't it?
txtriffidranch
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
By the way, I never would have pegged you as being a Goon Squad fan. You were, what, five when that song came out?
greygirlbeast
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)

By the way, I never would have pegged you as being a Goon Squad fan. You were, what, five when that song came out?

I was actually referencing the Veruca Salt album of the same name, released in 1997 (when I was 32).
txtriffidranch
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh. OH. I didn't know that Veruca Salt was still together, or at least was at the time. I thought you were referring to this little piece from 1984. After all, it's always about the cephalopods. (Besides, for some reason, I thought you were considerably younger than I am. I don't know why.)

Edited at 2008-10-30 10:25 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 30th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

(Besides, for some reason, I thought you were considerably younger than I am. I don't know why.)

I'm just more immature...

Oh. OH. I didn't know that Veruca Salt was still together, or at least was at the time. I thought you were referring to this little piece from 1984. After all, it's always about the cephalopods.

Wow. I have absolutely no memory of this band, or this horrid song, or this video. Hate the music, and the sheer 80s-ness of the video is exceedingly painful to behold...and yet, it's quite adorable. Even some tentacle groping going on there at the very end. Neat.
txtriffidranch
Oct. 31st, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Think how I felt about it. The only reason I knew about the song was because I was dating a girl in 1985 who was addicted to a club called the Skyline, a high-rise club in a converted beer factory in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Skyline started out as a punk bar, so the owner put in a giant video screen to run lots of Echo and the Bunnymen and SSQ videos, and when the yupsters discovered it, he decided to clean it up and play lots of typically Eighties stuff. Yes, the song is horrible, but the stop-action work at least was well done. Besides, we both know that everything, even the Eighties, is improved with the judicious application of cephalopods.
sfmarty
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I love this phrase from the article

that looked more like a modern party favor than a living animal

adorable
greygirlbeast
Oct. 30th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)

that looked more like a modern party favor than a living animal

I suspect in life it looked a great deal more like a Jello mold.
madrial
Oct. 31st, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
Unrelated comment
I am in the middle of reading ‘To Charles Fort with Love’ and I was happy and surprised to read how ‘The Road of Pins’ was in part based on La Bête de Gévaudan. I have loved the tale ever since seeing the wolf statues in Saugues and Auvers. Do you have other short-stories based on this? I now want to go buy the movie and do some reading on the beast.
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