Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mystery organism

As Sarda has instituted the 'mystery fossil' I thought I might steal her idea (which she stole from someone else anyway) and have a mystery organism instead.

I came across the above in a paper I was recently reading. Can you guess what it is?


Sarda Sahney said...

Some kind of beetle?

John said...

I second Sarda's guess that it's a beetle. I'll do one better, too: is it one of those African fruit beetles? Like the ones they have up at the Bristol Zoo?

John Hopkin said...

A male Onthophagus mouhoti?

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Currently I am founding member, president elect and entire membership of SWEMP (the Society of Wonky-Eyed Macroevolutionary Palaeobiologists). In my spare time I get paid to do research on very dead organisms and think about the really big questions in life, such as: What is the ultimate nature of reality? Why is there no room for free will in science? and What are the implications of having a wardrobe that consists entirely of hotpants?