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Tumblr Thread: Why Frogs Have Got Weird Bones

Apparently frogs flop around so much it wouldn't be worth it for them to have rib cages. And in conjunction with that, they don't breath the same way something with a ribcage might. It'd be nice to have less bones to break. Tumblr can get way into animal anatomy, like this thread about horse sizes being ridiculous.

Tumblr thread on frog bones | magistrate--mediocrity Frogs basically don't have ribs because they hop they just fucking belly flop onto ground. Evolution never got around giving them ribs because wouldn't be worth broken ribs every time frogs decided go out on land. As result intercostal muscles responsible breathing most vertebrates never developed. Frogs (and most amphibians) rely almost solely on buccal pumping
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Various Skeletons and How Aliens Would Reconstruct Them

One of the biggest problems with archaeology is having to make enormous guesses about what things must have looked like with no meat on them. Sure, Jurassic Park's visual effects were cool but there's constant reinterpretations of what dinosaurs actually looked like, and mistakes like having bones backwards and not realizing it for decades. Tumblr has a vivid imagination of how aliens would interact with earth's wildlife, and these memes do a fun job of combining our own archaeological difficulties with the sci-fi-ness of an alien who has no clue what they're looking at.

animal skull alien reconstruction memes reconstructing how an animal would look just from looking at its skull | original skull how aliens would reconstruct animal actual animal: ferret elephant
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