I have to hand it once again to the intrepid geeks and nerdlings over at ScienceDaily.com!
Actor Johnny Depp Immortalized in Name of Fossilized Creature With ‘Scissor Hand’ Claws
The article begins, “A scientist has discovered an ancient extinct creature with ‘scissor hand-like’ claws in fossil records and has named it in honour of his favourite movie star.”
The 505-million-year-old fossil called Kooteninchela deppi (pronounced Koo-ten-ee-che-la depp-eye), which is a distant ancestor of lobsters and scorpions, was named after the actor Johnny Depp for his starring role as Edward Scissorhands — a movie about an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation, who has scissors for hands.
(What a cutie. Just like its namesake!)
Kooteninchela deppi is helping researchers to piece together more information about life on Earth during the Cambrian period when nearly all modern animal types emerged.
David Legg, who carried out the research as part of his PhD in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, says:
“When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands. Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film as ‘chela’ is Latin for claws or scissors. In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honour the man than to immortalise him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?”
It lived in shallow seas off the coast of what is now British Columbia, Canada, although in those days, the area was closer to the equator.
It was approximately four centimetres long with a trunk for a body and millipede-like legs and large eyes which it used to search for food along the sea floor, according to research published in the Journal of Palaeontology.
The researcher believes that Kooteninchela deppi would have been a hunter or scavenger. Its large Edward Scissorhands-like claws with their elongated spines may have been used to capture prey, or they could have helped it to probe the sea floor looking for sea creatures hiding in sediment.
(Kooteninchela deppi – a distant relative of lobsters & scorpions)
It also had large eyes composed of many lenses like the compound eyes of a fly. They were positioned on top of movable stalks called peduncles to help it more easily search for food and look out for predators.
The researchers discovered that Kooteninchela deppi belongs to a group known as the ‘great-appendage’ arthropods, which includes spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, insects and crabs.
Mr Legg said: ‘Just imagine it – the prawns covered in mayonnaise in your sandwich, the spider climbing up your wall and even the fly that has been banging into your window and annoyingly flying into your face are all descendants of Kooteninchela deppi.’
‘Current estimates indicate that there are more than one million known insects and potentially 10 million more yet to be categorised, which potentially means that Kooteninchela deppi has a huge family tree.’
Legg now wants to study the fossils from the Ordovician period, when species diversity increased.
The research was published in the Journal of Palaeontology 2 May 2013.
- David Legg. Multi-Segmented Arthropods from the Middle Cambrian of British Columbia (Canada). Journal of Paleontology, 2013; 87 (3): 493 DOI: 10.1666/12-112.1
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Two years ago today, May 18, 2011, I wrote my first article for this blog, the Kosher Samurai.
Here it is!
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I prefer to spell it bl*g or bl*gging.
I have some strange aversion to the way the word is usually spelled. Not sure why. I just do.
I’m sure that, in time, I will succumb and use the full un-asterixed version. But for now, this is my bl*g.
I’ve been inspired (or provoked, depending on one’s point of view) to start up this site by a dear friend of mine.
Shameless plug for dear friend of mine: XUP
Her writing is quite good. If you haven’t done so already, check it out. Quality stuff, I assure you.
A few details about yours truly…
I’m Jewish and I have a fondness for Japan, Japanese food and Japanese culture.
(Hence the name for this site: Kosher Samurai)
I am a criminal defence lawyer. Divorced
Exhibit One: 21 yr old daughter
Exhibit Two: 19 yr old son.
That’s all for now, I think. I’m new to this so I need to get past my “green as Gumby” stage and start writing.
Bye for now
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I never thought that two years later, I would still enjoy providing you little geeks and nerdlings out there with my own two cents on life.
I enjoy writing articles for this blog, mixed with some recipes and, of course, lots of stories on movies, science, bugs and bats.
Thanks for reading.
Here’s to another year. And yes, that is a threat.
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What happens when two galaxies collide? Although it may take over a billion years, such titanic clashes are quite common. Since galaxies are mostly empty space, no internal stars are likely to themselves collide. Rather the gravitation of each galaxy will distort or destroy the other galaxy, and the galaxies may eventually merge to form a single larger galaxy.
Expansive gas and dust clouds collide and trigger waves of star formation that complete even during the interaction process. Pictured above is a computer simulation of two large spiral galaxies colliding, interspersed with real still images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Our own Milky Way Galaxy has absorbed several smaller galaxies during its existence and is even projected to merge with the larger neighboring Andromeda galaxy in a few billion years.
(When worlds collide. Literally!)
Thanks as always to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day!
From Tuesday May 14 to Monday 20, I will be out of town for (among other reasons) the Jewish holiday of Shavuot as well as the following Sabbath. See you when I get back!
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I was at one of my favourite cafés the other day, tapping les mots juste into my Blackberry Playbook when I noticed a charming if somewhat intense young lady at the table next to me.
She appeared to be doing much the same thing (i.e. writing), only with a bit more… oomph!
She frowned. She scowled. She grinned. She sat back, glaring at her laptop monitor. I found it hard to keep my eyes off of her.
As she was packing up and getting ready to leave, some of her stuff… a paperback novel, I believe, and her iPhone… slipped off of her table and into my bag which had until now been sitting patiently by my feet, minding its own business.
She apologized. I said it was nothing and retrieved her book and iPhone for her, showing manly restraint in not checking out what it was she was reading.
I mentioned that I had noticed her getting wrapped up in her writing. She blushed and admitted she often did that, even in public.
I asked what was it that got her so passionate. “I’m writing a blog article… review… about a fashion show I was at last night,” she replied, smiling again.
Passionate about Fashion. In a word, Fashionate!
“Ah,” I said, the proverbial penny dropping. “That explains it. You’re ‘fashionate’ and wrote accordingly.”
She chuckled and said, “Yeah, I guess I am!” She sat back down at her table and we spoke for about 10 minutes.
She said she was a writer and theatrical director. I said I was for 12 years in professional theatre as a lighting designer and stage manager.
We exchanged our two cents on the differences between the theatrical world and the world of fashion.
One of the things upon which we both immediately agreed – while many in the theatre are bitchy and catty, there is nowhere near the sheer viciousness that is regularly and openly displayed in the fashion industry. Even the movie business didn’t compare.
It was so nice to connect with a perfect stranger on such an unusual subject in which we both shared an interest.
She stood up to leave. We shook hands wishing we could spend more time together discussing the topic and how maddening it could be.
“Are you in the neighbourhood often?” she asked. I nodded. “Oh well, then I am sure we’ll run into each other again.”
“It was fun. I hope we can get upset about it again some time soon.”
“I’d like that. But there’s no sense getting all worked up about it, though,” she said, moving a strand of hair from her face. “After all…
“It’s only fashion!” I said, finishing the sentence for her.
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Col. Chris Hadfield
Mission specialist on STS-74 and performed multiple EVAs on STS-100.
Currently on board International Space Station as Commander of Expedition 35.
The other day, he posted a photo of my little corner of The Great White North, southern Ontario.
If you look closely and squint, you can see me waving from the middle of the Niagara Peninsula.
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On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the partition plan of Mandatory Palestine.
On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared ”the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel,” a state independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, 15 May 1948.
May the Almighty continue to bless and protect Israel.
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Those who are familiar with my professional life know that I defend the downtrodden and, in particular, rescue Damsels in Distress.
By Damsels in Distress, I mean young ladies primarily but not exclusively between the ages of 12 and 29 who have gotten involved with the wrong end of the criminal justice system.
They need assistance. They need legal advice. They need someone to come to their aid when they are being tormented by The Forces of Evil (i.e. police, prosecutors, probation officers, etc.)
(Our local courthouse – Damsel in Distress central!)
And sometimes, they need lunch, bless their little cotton socks.
On more than a few occasions, I have had the opportunity to have them join me when I visit the local cafe (i.e. ‘my office’).
For the first time, two have agreed to grace the pages of my blog.
Two of my favourite Damsels in Distress are BD and JT.
(At my ‘office’: BD – pouting somewhat, and JT – somewhat content)
I have to say right off the bat that neither of these charming young ladies has a criminal record. They were neither convicted nor found guilty of committing any kind of offence whatsoever. They did get into a wee bit of trouble but the matter against them was withdrawn.
Neither are they what I would call ‘regulars’ or ‘frequent flyers’ in our court system.
They are, in short, a couple of sweetie-pies.
(BD perks up after learning she’ll not be at one of Her Majesty’s guest houses)
BD and JT are the kinds of girls who sometimes find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Luckily for them, when something in their lives goes horribly wrong, they can (and do) contact me to help them out.
And it’s absolutely my pleasure to do so!
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