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Henrietta was given an honorary doctorate…there’s a high school called Henrietta Lacks High.

It is taking all my restraint not to post this entire comic.  But I want you to visit The Oatmeal and experience all its riches, so: Why The Mantis Shrimp Is My New Favorite Animal

If you haven’t clicked through yet, let me add a little incentive: a later panel of this comic contains the line “The mantis shrimp is the harbinger of blood-soaked rainbows.”

And if you would like to know even MORE about these miraculous creatures, we have a Radiolab episode for you, complete with a Mantis Shrimp choir.

Ancestor: NAMED! 
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted ideas, voted, campaigned for team Mancestor, and just generally got involved in this science-y silliness.    

Ancestor: NAMED! 

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted ideas, voted, campaigned for team Mancestor, and just generally got involved in this science-y silliness.    

Less than 24 hours left to pick a name for our nameless ancestor

Have you weighed in yet?

Democracy in action, folks. 
We started with over 1,000 possible names for our Hypothetical Placental Mammal.  From 32 finalists, we’re now down to just 2 contenders, and the battle is getting heated. 
Have you voted yet?

Democracy in action, folks. 

We started with over 1,000 possible names for our Hypothetical Placental Mammal.  From 32 finalists, we’re now down to just 2 contenders, and the battle is getting heated

Have you voted yet?

What, you’ve never seen a couple of ancient placental mammals face off on the red carpet before?  Well there’s a first time for everything. 
For the past two weeks you’ve been voting on names for the fuzzy little creature who spawned us all.  There are only two names left.  Get in there and vote!

What, you’ve never seen a couple of ancient placental mammals face off on the red carpet before?  Well there’s a first time for everything. 

For the past two weeks you’ve been voting on names for the fuzzy little creature who spawned us all.  There are only two names left.  Get in there and vote!

The African crested rat chews the roots and bark of a highly toxic tree, and then smears the lethal mixture on its specially adapted fur. Any animals that attack receive a mouthful of potentially deadly poison.

OK, that is true genius.  Read more.

Round 4 of Name Your Ancestor! 
If you’re just tuning in, Radiolab and the American Museum of Natural History need your help choosing a name for the furry bug-eating mammal that spawned us all.  After 3 rounds of voting, the remaining contenders are: Grandmammal, Schrewdinger, Mancestor and Nova.
Vote today! 

Round 4 of Name Your Ancestor! 

If you’re just tuning in, Radiolab and the American Museum of Natural History need your help choosing a name for the furry bug-eating mammal that spawned us all.  After 3 rounds of voting, the remaining contenders are: Grandmammal, Schrewdinger, Mancestor and Nova.

Vote today! 

Placentor vs. Shrewdinger?  This is getting tough.  Name Your Ancestor, Round 3.

Placentor vs. Shrewdinger?  This is getting tough.  Name Your Ancestor, Round 3.