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04/27/2011

Happy World Tapir Day! Print some biology postcards to celebrate!  »


Maggie Koerth-Baker over at Boing Boing shares two glorious reasons to pause and enjoy the wonders of biology today. First of all, who knew?

It’s World Tapir Day! This tapir is celebrating with a nice, long bath. You deserve it, tapir! It’s hard work, lookin’ like a pig, but being more closely related to a horse.

Even more exciting though, here’s some free art!

This is an axolotl, a type of salamander that is frequently used by scientists trying to study developmental biology. Axolotls have taught about physical regeneration, and how hormones force physical changes between young creatures and their adult forms.

The above awesome pink drawing is just one of 16  Japanese-style biology images that the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology has released under a Creative Commons license. That means you’re allowed to do whatever you want with them as long as you give the artist credit and don’t try and sell them because that would be lame and also don’t modify them because they asked you not to!

Anyway, I’m thinking about printing me up a batch of note-cards to mail to people in an effort to single-handedly ensure the continued operation of the postal service. Axolotl!

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