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The Moya Contingency
"The basic principle of constructor theory is that all fundamental laws of nature are expressible entirely in terms of statements of which tasks (i.e. classes of physical transformations) are possible and which are impossible, and why. This is a new mode of explanation, intended to supersede the prevailing conception of fundamental physics which seeks to explain the world in terms of its state (describing everything that is there) and laws of motion (describing how the everything changes with time). By regarding counter-factuals (‘X is possible’ or ‘X is impossible’) as first-class, exact statements, constructor theory brings all sorts of interesting fields, currently regarded as inherently approximative, potentially into fundamental physics. These include the theories of information, knowledge, thermodynamics, life, and of course the universal constructor."
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is the fastest known animal!
They ambush prey by diving in from great heights and at incredible speed; during this “stoop”, they can reach well over 200 mph (322 km/h). In order to achieve such speeds they have a few specialized adaptations. One is a bony projection inside the nostril that acts as a baffle, disrupting the air flow and reducing air pressure, making it easier for the bird to breathe.
They use their third eyelid - the clear nictitating membrane present in many animals - to keep the eye free of debris and protect it from the powerful wind. The black cheeks help reduce glare from sunlight and water so they can better target their prey.
They almost exclusively feed on medium-sized birds which they catch in flight; to avoid injuring themselves from the high-speed impact, the falcons target one of the prey’s wings. Peregrines have one of the most diverse diets of all raptors, with over 300 species of North American birds having fallen prey to them.
They are also among the most adaptable of our raptors and have readily settled into cities where high-rises appeal to their cliff-nesting preferences and pigeons offer an excellent source of food, often making up 80% of an urban Peregrine’s diet.
photograph by budgora on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
Red-barred Amarynthis - Amarynthis meneria
Amarynthis meneria (Riodinidae) is a common and widespread species of butterfly found in Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and northern Argentina.
Although there is a certain amount of variation in the shape and extent of the red and white markings, it is an instantly recognizable species.
Photo credit: ©Arthur Anker | Locality: Madidi National Park, La Paz, Bolivia (2011)
Flap-necked Chameleon - Chamaeleo dilepis
The common name of Chamaeleo dilepis (Chamaeleonidae) derives from the movable flaps that protrude from either side of the upper surface of its neck. Normally these flaps lie flat, over a bony protuberance at the back of the head called a “casque”, but when threatened, this chameleon presents a dramatic display, rocking from side-to-side, while raising its neck flaps, expanding its throat pouch and gaping its mouth.
This species is widely distributed throughout southern and eastern Africa.
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Photo credit: ©Nino Franssens | Locality: Pwani, Tanzania (2014)