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Leptocephalus eel-larvae

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Leptocephalus eel-larvae – “These amazing creatures have a compressed body with a clear, jelly-like substance inside and a thin layer of muscle on the outside.

They are unique among most fish larvae because they can grow to be very large and can swim very well at an early age, moving both backward and forward. Its transparent nature and swimming ability have possibly helped the fish avoid many predators”

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Devils Flower Mantis

Idolomantis diabolica (Devil’s Flower Mantis) (3rd instar)
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High Res’ image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmitchell_unseenuniverse/14996033640/
Flower Mantises are those species of praying mantis that mimic flowers. Most species of flower mantis are in the family Hymenopodidae. Their behaviour varies, but typically involves climbing a plant until they reach a suitable flower, and then staying still until a prey insect comes within range
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Amazing animal eyes

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Natural Selection  August 24

Amazing animal eyes… Can you guess what eye belongs to which animal?

Top row: Left – Caiman ; Middle – Husky ; Right – Gecko Middle row: Left – Crocodile ; Middle – Frog ; Right – Python Bottom row: Left – Squid ; Middle – Toucan ; Right – Goat Image sources: http://tinyurl.com/a25dcfq http://tinyurl.com/4cwzgv http://tinyurl.com/an53lz3 http://tinyurl.com/abkxsdy http://tinyurl.com/ajtxkgl John Brody Photography

 

Though this is from Natural Selection FaceBook page and their slant toward evolution, the following are interesting articles that will provide information that the eyes we see around the world could only be from an Intelligent Designer- our Lord and Savior.

http://creation.com/did-eyes-evolve-by-darwinian-mechanisms

The evolution of the eye has always been a dilemma for evolutionists from Darwin’s time to the present. Although Darwin, Richard Dawkins and other evolutionists have tried to explain how an eye could evolve, their solutions are clearly unsatisfactory. Many kinds of eyes exist, but no progression of eye designs from simple to complex can be produced in the natural or fossil world.

http://creation.com/dawkins-eye-revisited

Richard Dawkins has made comments concerning the human eye. Besides disparaging the organisation of the retina, he also claims that the eye could have developed gradually by small increments. The anatomy and physiology of the cornea, the eyelids and the tears illustrate how his reasoning is fallacious because of the principles of irreducible complexity and of genetic information gain.

http://creation.com/is-our-inverted-retina-really-bad-design

The ‘inverted’ arrangement of the vertebrate retina, in which light has to pass through several inner layers of its neural apparatus before reaching the photoreceptors, has long been the butt of derision by evolutionists who claim that it is inefficient, and therefore evidence against design. This article reviews the reasons for our having the inverted retina and why the opposite arrangement (the verted retina), in which the photoreceptors are innermost and the first layer to receive incident light, would be liable to fail in creatures who have inverted retinas.

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Frost Flowers

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A frost flower is a name commonly given to a condition in which thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into “petals” that resemble flowers. The formation of frost flowers is dependent on a freezing weather condition occurring when the ground is not already frozen. The sap in the stem of the plants will expand (water expands when frozen), causing long, thin cracks to form along the length of the stem. Water is then drawn through these cracks via capillary action and freezes upon contact with the air. As more water is drawn through the cracks it pushes the thin ice layers further from the stem, causing a thin “petal” to form. In the case of woody plants and (living or dead) tree branches the freezing water is squeezed through the pores of the plant forming long thin strings of ice that look uncannily like hair i.e. “hair ice” or “frost beard”.

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sand bubbler crab

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Natural Selection January 22

While these organized structures might look like the work of an artist, they’re actually just the remnants left behind where a sand bubbler crab’s been snacking.

During low tide they exit their burrows (as seen in the top pic) to scour the sand for tiny bits of organic debris in a radial motion. While eating, the crabs ball the excess sand on their heads, then discard it when it gets too big for them to see over, leaving behind a remarkable-looking reminder which helps them keep searching for food in the same sand twice. Each time the tide returns, the small structures crumble and are washed away, all the while leaving behind more food particles for the next time.

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/meet-little-crab-unintentionally-makes-awesome-sand-art.html

And a video of the crab in action:

http://vimeo.com/6449515

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Froglets

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Natural Selection January 22

“A male Oreophryne frog in Papua, New Guinea, guards his clutch and two newly hatched froglets that rest atop the egg mass.

The next evolutionary step in mode of life history is the elimination of the larval stage, thereby completely severing the ties with the aquatic environment. Direct development of the egg, in which the larvae undergo their development within the egg membranes and emerge as tiny froglets.

Male frogs embrace their clutch each night to keep the eggs moist and protect them from predators such as insects.”

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Black Herons

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Natural Selection January 28

These African waterbirds, the Black Herons, have an unique and dastardly predation tactic called canopy feeding.

They hunch over and form their wings into a circular makeshift umbrella over the water. This blocks out the sunlight and creates a small area of darkness underneath.

In addition to helping the bird see what’s going on in the murk, surrounding fish are lulled into a false sense of securityby making them think that either night has fallen or the shady area is a safe refuge. It’s neither. When a gullible fish then proceeds to poke its head out from its hiding place to investigate, it’s curtains by way of a brutal beak stab.

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Cute little baby bats

honduran white bat

The Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba) builds its own shelter by chewing along the middle vein of Heliconia leaves, causing them to fold, creating a tent like structure. living in small groups consisting of 1 male and a harem of females, they cluster under the fold of the leaves for protection and shelter.

They are one of only 2 known species of white furred bats, and it is believed that this unusual colouration acts as a form of camouflage. As sunlight filters through the leaves where they reside, it colours them with green and yellow hues allowing them to go unnoticed by predators.

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