What's Your Most Extraordinary Fact About the Animal Kingdom?

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What's Your Most Extraordinary Fact About the Animal Kingdom?
The animal kingdom produces the largest single, non photosynthetic, organisms on earth, neurons, and the prefrontal cortex.
That it's only half as cool as the plant kingdom.
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prefrontal cortex.

Yeah and that leads to #2, already posted.  Been there done that.

Fungi have thousands of sexes. Humans only two. Humans are kind of lack luster in that numerical sex department.

However, there is evidence that humans are genetically closer to fungus than plants.


...:As it turns out, animals and fungi share a common ancestor and branched away from plants at some point about 1.1 billion years ago. It was only later that animals and fungi separated on the genealogical tree of life, making mushrooms more closely related to humans than plants."...


We also know that some magic-shrooms will cause generating of new brain cells "neurons".

Terrance McKenna believed humans access to metaphysical-1, mind/intellect/concepts arose from apes eating magic-shrooms.
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.."Shrooms can make you feel good.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, magic mushrooms can lead to feelings of relaxation that are similar to the effects of low doses of marijuana."...

The nerve of them thar magic shrooms!

.."above: Visualisation of the brain connections in a person on psilocybin (right) and in someone given a placebo (left).
Many users describe things like seeing sounds or hearing colours. A 2014 study was one of the first to attribute this effect to the way psilocybin affects communication across brain networks.

...":While some areas became more pronounced, others were muted - including in a region of the brain thought to play a role in maintaining our sense of self."...

See 1960's were all one. One-ness.  C,mon people now, everybody get together and love one another right now... { Youngbloods }


..." A five-year study of the drug suggests it could work "like a surgical intervention" for mental illness.

...Some researchers think shrooms could also help relieve anxiety after they're used."...

Duhh, this old news being rekindled. Its is almost as if humanity is growing new brain collective brain cells. 

A honeybee has nearly 3 million hairs on its body.
Fire ants create living rafts with their bodies.
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A honeybee has nearly 3 million hairs on its body.
More people die from honey been stings than all other animals combined.

Anaphylactic shock kills.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bee not a bear.
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That's interesting because less than 1% of Americans are actually allergic to bee stings. Of course, you would have to factor in Africanized bee attacks, since the sheer number of stings from those can send even someone who is not allergic into anaphylactic shock.

--> @Kamikaze
That's interesting because less than 1% of Americans are actually allergic to bee stings. Of course, you would have to factor in Africanized bee attacks, since the sheer number of stings from those can send even someone who is not allergic into anaphylactic shock.
Factors of consideration indeed, however, I just read a blurb I read in a mag or on the net some years ago. Believed it was true then, and did not consider whether that was world wide consideration or just USA or etc. I dunno.

Ive also read that if all honey bees and other bees died off humanity would not survive or least lareg part would die off.  That is harder for me to believe. I dunno.



--> @mustardness
Well, I don't think all of humanity would die off. But honeybees alone pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat and add $15 billion in agricultural value to crops every year, so if they did die off, that wouldn't be great for the economy and more people would become food insecure.
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Humans discovery of zero{ 0 } as used in mathematics and abacus.

Oldest abacus{ chinese } has 13 columns ergo

two wrists too hang counting rings

two ankles "" ""

8 fingers "" ""

1 neck "" ""

Total 13

Fuller relates is this way, trigonometry was done by earlest sea-peoples reafting between south pacific islands and they had no pockets or writing boards so best to use their body to hang things on, and if their washed overboard the counting things are still attached or easily replaced.

This may be the origins of some tribes south pacific native peoples hanging ornamentals from their ears and their ear lobes hanging longer longer from the weight of the ornamentals.

The original things that hung from the ear lobes were star charts caved into sea shell.

13 columns is trillions. Why did any ancient peoples feel a need to count into the trillions?



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Sperm whale sonar clicks can reach up to 230 db.
That's the equivalent of about 30 tons of TNT going off.



--> @Reece
Sperm whale sonar clicks can reach up to 230 db. That's the equivalent of about 30 tons of TNT going off.
And spread out  as long wave/____\_____/______\_______\ energy release.

Short wave wwwww energy release would be more  likened to fission or fusion.

There exists only two ways energy can be released.

More frequent, short wave energy bursts.

Less frequent, long wave energy release.

Gravity (  ) and Dark Energy )( may be the exceptions to the rule i.e. where short wave-lengths may transpose to longest wave-length considerations. I dunno.


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Still pretty neat. 

Also elephants have been known to use seismic communication to communicate miles away from each other.
Not quite sure how accurate that is.   

What about the tardigrade's capacity to survive outer space?
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That's a popular one. There are tons of videos out there on them.
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There is a species of sponge that produces silicon-based material similar to glass.

There is a species of sponge that produces silicon-based material similar to glass.

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..."A unique fungus that makes diesel compounds has been discovered living in trees in the rainforest, according to a paper published in the November issue of Microbiology. The fungus is potentially a totally new source of green energy and scientists are now working to develop its fuel producing potential.

"This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances,"...