The announcement of a “Saber-Toothed Squirrel” fossil has been making the rounds on a number of high-profile news sites this week – primarily due to its resemblance to the Scrat from Ice Age. This discovery was published in the Nov. 3rd edition of Nature under the far less exciting title: “Highly specialized mammalian skulls from the Late Cretaceous of South America”. As this new species is not actually a squirrel and not really saber-toothed either, here is the what, when, where and why:
Welcome – content coming soon! Meanwhile, enjoy this beautiful picture of a praying mantis by Igor Siwanowicz.
Fun fact: This mantis is actually only about an inch and a half long and is native to Sub-Saharan Africa.