Prehistoric Saber-Toothed Squirrel??

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:

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Spiny Flower Mantis, Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii

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.