Extinction of the dinosaurs. Computer artwork of a group of dinosaurs and flying reptiles fleeing a vast fire. This may have been caused by a volcanic eruption or meteorite impact. Such events have occurred before in Earth’s history, and will do so again. Both events can trigger a lowering of global temperatures as clouds of dust and ash reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the surface. Plant and then animal life dies off. The mass loss of life that included the extinction of the dinosaurs took place some 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. The flying reptiles here are Pteranodons, and the quadraped dinosaur are sauropods called Titanosaurs.

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Dragon Plush Stuffed Animals

Dragon Plush Stuffed Animals
Just about every animal and insect you can think of, is now replicated in soft, miniature form. Even animals like dragon plush, which are more mythical than they are ‘real.’ Despite some fine details and scale being omitted in the quest to make the desired image, many creators of dragon plush have done a fine job in getting it just right.

Dragons are winged and scaly serpents that have a crested head and enormous claws. They are usually represented as having wings and able to breathe fire. It is the serpent dragon that is believed to be the one that was the ‘first’ of the dragon ‘species’ which went on to motivate all others that came later in legends, stories, and myths. Serpent dragons are very large and have no wings or limbs. In addition, they are very much like snakes and live in bodies of water like the ocean. Their most notable quality was having more than one head, such as the hydra.

The most ‘well known of all the dragon ‘species’ is the Western Dragon; it had four legs, breathed fire, and wings. Western dragons were considered to be the ones that loved gold and were most greedy. In contrast, the Asian dragon, known as the Eastern Dragon, usually had four legs and no wings even though they were still able to fly. They were also able to turn themselves into something else so as to be able to help humans.

In the world of dragons, Chinese dragons are quite famous. Their bodies are snake-like and they have a bearded face. To reach maturity, it takes this dragon close to 3,000 years. 15,000 years is needed for it to become full grown, 500 more years are needed for it to grow horns (from which they can hear) and if they are to have wings, they need another 1,000 years to grow them. Chinese dragons are made up of four ‘species:’ the celestial dragon, the spiritual dragon, the ti-lung dragon, and the treasure dragon.

Yet another ‘species’ of dragon is the Vietnamese dragon known for its camel head, deer horns, fish eyes, buffalo ears, and snake and neck body. In addition, it also had carp scales, eagle claws, and tiger feet. It was able to live in the water, underground, or in the sky and was not only immortal but was unable to reproduce other dragons. In Vietnam, the dragon is a symbol of both power and nobility and on the official dress of the emperor, a five-clawed dragon could be found.

Like with dolls, it’s usually the facial features that are the key attraction to soft toys, closely followed by the feel of its ‘fur’ or skin and then the stuffing. With a plush dragon, however, it’s not the face that is the initial attraction especially since many of them have so many other things going on brightly colored bodies, wings, long tails, and clawed feet. With a plush dragon, its overall appeal is what attracts us most to these creatures of legend.

Angeline Hope is a collector of extra large stuffed animals. You can view a selection of extra large stuffed animals including plush dragon stuffed animals at MyBigPlush.

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10 most eye-catching transparent animals

10 most eye-catching transparent animals

Transparent animals are recognized as the nature’s marvel because of their amazing and eye-catching appearances. From frogs to butterflies, the most interesting feature is their transparency which contributes to animal world’s diversity. The transparency is their advantages to be invisible or make predators hard to see at least in some particular circumstances. Most of those animals are transparent; however, there are some colorful animals in internal organs such as frogs or small shrimps. Let’s have a look at the most amazing animals in the world.


Transparent Butterflies Greta Oto found from Mexico through Panama are commonly called clearwings or glasswings butterflies


Transparent Jellyfish are easily found in most of the oceans in the world. Their transparency is the benefit to hide from predators.


Transparent Frog is also called “glass frog” which is found in Venezuelan rainforests. The internal organs and eggs of “Glass frogs” can so easily seen.


Transparent Salps often habit in chains which are considered to be the most efficient carbon removing organisms on the planet.


Transparent Cave Crayfish in North America have ability of changing from whitish albinos to nearly translucent in appearance


Transparent-Headed Barreleye Fish is so strange with a transparent internal part on head.


Transparent Goldfish looks sparkling under water


Transparent Flounder with a flat and thin body is easy to see the internal born structure


Transparent Sea Cucumber found in the northern Gulf of Mexico is slow in moving but they are hard to be seen by predators


Transparent Squid is so beautiful under dark water thanks to colorful internal organs.




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Most Amazing Transparent Animals

Most Amazing Transparent Animals

Our planet is full of uniqueness. Do you believe that animal world is the same? Let take a look at ten amazing transparent animals below and you can find how interesting the world is.


Transparent frog

Glass frogs have semitransparent skin so that their internal organs can be seen clearly with normal eyes. They are reported to live near rivers and streams during bleeding season in order to lay their eggs in the water or on leaves. Grass frog subdivides into 60 species in total in which many of them are on the endangered list.


This interesting frog can be found found in South America, Mexico, and Panama.


Transparent butterfly

Transparent butterfly can be found in Central America, from Mexico to Panama. The brush-footed butterfly has tissue between the veins of wings like grass. For this reason, this unusual insect earns the common English nickname “glasswing”.


The brush-footed butterfly has tissue between the veins of wings like grass


Transparent zebrafish created by scientists

The Zebrafish was created in 2008 by scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The see-through fish is engineered to attribute to the idea how cancer spreads, produce new drugs and cardiovascular imaging agents.


The Zebrafish was created in 2008 by scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.


Transparent amphipo

Transparent amphipo has been discovered recently in a deep-sea mountain range in the North Atlantic. The animal shows everything it has from inside thanks to the completely transparent body.


Transparent amphipo was discovered in an explotation.


Transparent head fish

Transparent head fish, or Macropinna microstoma, is the wonderful creature of the sea. Scientists discovered the strange little animal in 1939 but until 2004 they saw mangled bodies caught by fishing nets. The unique fish has a transparent head which allows tubular eyes rotate through fluid-filled shield on its head. The light-sensitive eyes can rotate upward overhead, back or forward.


The two spots above its mouth are analogous to human nostrils.


The creature lives in the depth of 700-800 meters with almost no oxygen and 5 degree water temperature.


Transparent squid

Teuthowenia pellucida only appears in the southern hemisphere. The small squid owns a body of 200 mm in size, little light organs on its eyes and ability to roll into a ball.


Transparent icefish

Transparent icefish lives in cold water around Antarctica and southern South America. The metabolism is said to be absorbed directly through the skin from the water.


The crocodile icefish has transparent blood and no hemoglobin


Transparent Salp

The jellyfish-like animal is called phytoplankton (marine algae).



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The Great Escape (the morning after)

The Great Escape (the morning after)

We left our guest’s four year old daughter and seven year old son to play while the adults ate and drank next door. Curious as to why things had gone so quiet it was discovered that they were totally absorbed creating their own fun. When asked where all the animals were going, the adults were informed it was The Great Escape!

I built this wooden farm for my own children, modelled on the Caithness farm which I grew up on and which held so many happy family memories. It was an idea developed from a small, very simple ‘farm’ play board my grandfather made for my mother when she was a child on the same farm, and which in time my brothers and I enjoyed playing with our Corgi Fordson and Massey Ferguson diecast tractors and trailers once we came along as the next generation. Unfortunately by the time I built a grander version, my own children had discovered computers and the finished toy farm has lain in a damp garage gathering dirt and dust for the last 15 years.

Having had a few beers, and ignoring my wife’s complaints, I insisted on going out to the garage to retrieve it, cobwebs and all. I’ve waited years to see kids play with it and they didn’t need any encouragement. They’ll never know what satisfaction it gave me to see them enjoy it so much. It’s just a few months before my own grand-children start appearing and I look forward to seeing the next generation enjoying North Calder Farm.

Posted by pentlandpirate on 2012-04-08 11:33:29

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Red-Eyed Treefrog

Red-Eyed Treefrog

I really hate scanning photos into my computer….they always have dust and dirt and other crap all over them.

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Posted by The Horned Jack Lizard on 2005-06-23 05:48:22

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Early one morning about a week ago while I was still in bed, I’d hear all these whooshing noises about every ten seconds. I went outside my tent to see what was going on and saw all these flocks of birds flying above. Flock after flock after flock flew by. It was an amazing sight.

Anyway, Nkii loves birds and whenever he sees a flock like this he says "whah!" just like we’d say "wow". There is a great, two-minute youtube video about a bird murmuation that is mindboggling. I tried to download it for Nkii to see, but it’s impossible with my slow internet connection. I’m going to ask the next person that comes out here to bring a copy of it. I’m having lots of fun trying to predict whether I’ll hear WHAH! or whether Nkii will be speechless. Can’t wait.

BTW we had another huge dust storm yesterday and so I couln’t take my computer out of safe keeping. After the dust storm we got about 53 drops of rain. I rushed out of my tent to see the rain because I’ve never once seen it rain in Amboseli. Anyway, by the time I got my tent flap open and got outside, the rain had stopped, but in the 3 seconds I stood outside, I got three mosquito bites. Now see why I like the dust?

If you notice the tags you’ll see I’m conducting a small experiment. heehee

Posted by Kerri Lee Smith on 2012-10-07 07:32:21

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