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(Mongabay)   Volcanic eruption may have wiped out the glowing cockroaches scientists discovered just a few years back. And nothing of value was lost   (news.mongabay.com) divider line 13
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2012-11-15 09:26:27 AM  
I'd rather have glowing cockroaches than the non-glowing kind we have today. At least the glowing ones would look cooler.
 
2012-11-15 11:38:56 AM  
Glowing would be easier to see in restaurants that under-light for 'ambiance'. Also, glow-y bits in your food.
 
2012-11-15 11:52:05 AM  
I would imagine they were doomed to begin with, for the same reason that albino creatures don't do well. They have a tendency to stand out in situations where it would be best to blend in.
 
2012-11-15 12:01:48 PM  

cgraves67: I would imagine they were doomed to begin with, for the same reason that albino creatures don't do well. They have a tendency to stand out in situations where it would be best to blend in.


There are plenty of species that stand out like a sore thumb. Mimic species that try to copy the patterns of dangerous and intentionally flashy species. Certain species whose flashy features used to attract mates that end up being huge inconveniences when trying to escape predators.

Not everything in nature is about who can hide the best. Sometimes a species will abandon the desire to hide from their predators in order to exaggerate the characteristics needed to attract a mate.
 
2012-11-15 12:24:16 PM  
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2012-11-15 01:11:57 PM  
Where is the Hero tag?
 
2012-11-15 01:43:57 PM  

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2012-11-15 02:08:58 PM  

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2012-11-15 02:17:10 PM  
Jeez, can't have an original thought today.
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2012-11-15 02:18:15 PM  
Say that now subby, but just wait until scientists discvoer that it also made a natural compound that Cured cancer, unclogged arteries, let you eat all the bacon you wanted without getting fat and made your dick hard for hours at a time.

at which point, of course the species would have been wiped out by the Chinese aphrodisiac market, of course,
 
2012-11-15 06:10:20 PM  

Magorn: Say that now subby, but just wait until scientists discvoer that it also made a natural compound that Cured cancer, unclogged arteries, let you eat all the bacon you wanted without getting fat and made your dick hard for hours at a time.

at which point, of course the species would have been wiped out by the Chinese aphrodisiac market, of course,


Actual efficacy has no effect on demand within the Chinese aphrodisiac market; it's all about symbolism. Although I guess they could always market it along the lines of "when the apocalypse comes and 99% of life on earth has been wiped out, your erection will be alive and well." Sell them in packages of eight and you might have something.

/You'll just need to add a disclaimer. "Use only in the dark. Turning on the lights will cause an immediate retraction."
 
2012-11-15 06:28:41 PM  
They make great hats! 
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2012-11-16 09:55:00 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Jeez, can't have an original thought today.
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Yeah, I couldn't place the other one. Good call.
 
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