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The .Gif Friday Post No. 444 – SpockSpin, Running Late & Lapping Lizards

Friday, 22 July 2016

SpockSpin

Late For Work

Gecko Licks

[Found here, here and here.]

Bigass Ammonite Fossil is not a Bigass Ammonite Fossil

Monday, 18 July 2016

Ammonite

Yep, that looks like a bigass prehistoric ammonite fossil, and it’s not a snail fossil as the caption states.

Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell as pictured above. These creatures lived in the seas between 240 – 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The name ‘ammonite’ (usually lower-case) originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. Ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus [via].

I found the top image (with the erroneous caption) in here, and wondered about the story behind it. Since fossils are typically embedded in rock and I didn’t see any hole or excavation, something seemed off.

Ammonite Replica 2

Ammonite fossils are common, but are rarely larger than about 9 inches in diameter. Sure, some larger species have been found, but why wasn’t this one encased in plaster, crated up and shipped to an archeological museum? How could something so heavy and brittle stay in one piece while being tilted up? How could four guys lift it, let alone one?

A Tineye search brought me to the source –  a 2005 documentary filmed in Lyme Regis, England for the BBC series “Journey of Life.”

“This giant ammonite was actually a replica that we used to show how big ammonites could grow. Made of polystyrene it squeaked as we rolled it down the beach. The look of gob-smack on the faces of Jurassic Coast fossil collectors was priceless!”
Paul Williams, 3 September 2013.

This “fossil” was a prop, and it had a cameo role in Episode 1: Seas of Life.

[Full story with photos here.]

Perhaps you’re wondering why I suddenly found an interest in large fabricated ammonite fossils. It’s because I saw that top picture and wanted to do this with it:

Ammonite Beach Spin

The .Gif Friday Post No. 443 – Muy Alto Gato, Leapin’ ‘Lectricity & Bettin’ on the Bulls

Friday, 15 July 2016

Cactus Cat

Eel Leaping

Bullmoose Cool

[Found here, here and here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No.442 – Flip Fail, Emu Chase & Dog Spit

Friday, 8 July 2016

Flippy

Emu Dog Chase

Spitting Dogs

[Found here, here and here. Each one would be enhanced with a Wilhelm Scream.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 441 – Sweded Pixar, Umbrella Strike & Capybara Rolling

Friday, 1 July 2016

PIXAR Sweded

Lightning Strike

Capybara Rolling

[Found here, here and here. Related sweded .gif in here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 440 – Shoe Drops, Kinkajou-fu & Funky Fungi

Friday, 24 June 2016

Shoe Drops

Kinkajou Fu

Funky Fungi

[Found here, here and here]

I think the second one is a possum (not an opossum) and not a kinkajou. No idea what that last one is, but it reminded me of this.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 439 – Lil’ Tar, Racing Kids & Kafka’s Head

Friday, 17 June 2016

little-tar

Goat Chase

Kafka's head

[Found here, here and here. Click the link for a better resolution of the first one.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 438 – Cat Splash, Sand Splat & Dogwash

Friday, 10 June 2016

CAT SPLAT

Beach Fails

Wash N Wax

[Found here and here. First one was lifted from here, cropped and modified a tad.]

D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944

Monday, 6 June 2016

D-DAY 1944 
Many lives were lost
to save the lives of many more.

 
 
 

The .Gif Friday Post No. 437 – Automation

Friday, 3 June 2016

Machine Paper Clip

Machine Spring

Machine Chocolate Bar

Machine Pretzel

Machine Pasta Shells

[Above .gifs found in here.]


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