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Comment was by Davy on February 20, 2021 at 5:08am

That Bagworm caterpillar wasn't like the ones that I grew up with. The ones that I am more familiar with laid the the sticks along their length and didn't build such elaborate homes. more like this. A lot that we we come across in jaunts through the bush mostly used Casuarina  needles .

Comment was by Chris B on February 17, 2021 at 2:16am

Fantastic!

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 17, 2021 at 1:56am

Interesting.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 16, 2021 at 9:59pm

God did it just doesn't cut the mustard on this 

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 6, 2021 at 4:21am

Joan I wonder that too. One thing id be prepared to bet on, it would be Evolutionary 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2021 at 2:58am

Doone, if evolution has brought us creatures such as these, I wonder what we will find on other planets?

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 5, 2021 at 9:45pm

Aw, ain't dat purrttee.....

Comment was by Doone on February 5, 2021 at 9:24pm

Tiny Dinosaurs  https://www.livescience.com/protoceratops-frills-attracted-mates.html

The neck frills of Protoceratops dinosaurs like the one in this illustration were likely a form of sexual selection.
An artist's rendition of a Protoceratops with a colorful neck frill.
(Image: © CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Adorable sheep-sized dinosaurs probably evolved their fancy neck frills to attract mates or show off their dominance. 

Protoceratops — a dinosaur that looked a bit like a mini-Triceratops without horns — had elaborate and varied neck frills. Paleontologists have debated what they were used for: Defense? Temperature regulation? Or perhaps, like modern birds with colorful tail feathers, the dinosaurs evolved the frills to show off their fitness to potential mates and competitors, a process of sexual selection. In sexual selection, an animal with a certain trait that appeals to potential mates or otherwise allows them to reproduce more will get passed down to the next generation and become more common. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 5, 2021 at 1:30pm

Need some of those to carry luggage.....hahaha...

Comment was by Chris B on February 5, 2021 at 7:53am

It IS grand!

 
 
 

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