Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Kiwa hirsuta

Celeste was right. Monday night, while I was putting her to bed, she was signing EAR and HAIR and various animals. BEARs, I agreed with her, do have ears and hair; Mumma, Daddy, and Celeste all have ears and hair, too. But then she said that LOBSTERs have ears and hair. I childed her, saying that while lobsters have antennae, which are like ears in that they are sensory organs, they do not have hair.

Apparently, Celeste is keeping up with the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle's journal Zoosystema better than I am:
Marine biologists have discovered a crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and which is covered in what looks like silky fur. Kiwa hirsuta is so distinct from other species that scientists have created a new taxonomic family for it.
— from BBC News, more at Ifremer (en français), Washington Post and The Age (good picture).

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1 comment:

Fabiana said...

Awww... she is so cute! This post made me smile. :-D
Children are so fantastic!

PS: thank you for the postcard! (I'm /fleacircus at postcrossing).