One of the morbidly fascinating results of the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius is the large number of holes found in the volcanic deposits around Pompeii that represented corpses of people and animals that were buried by the hot ash. The ash lithified before the corpses decayed so that a good mold of the deceased remained. Early in the excavation it was discovered that filling these molds with plaster produced remarkable casts of the victims of the eruption.
Photo credit: Avery Segal
Northern Ghost Bat (Diclidurus albus)
…a rare species of sac-winged bat that ranges from Mexico to eastern Brazil and some of the Caribbean islands. Like most bats northern ghost bats are nocturnal and feed at night for flying insects. During the day they can be found roosting under palms, they are solitary and don’t congregate outside the breeding season. Unlike other members of Emballonuridae D.albus does not have wing sacs. Instead they have a unique gland on their uropatagium. The exact function of this gland is not yet known but it is thought it to play a part in breeding. Northern ghost bats also have vestigial thumbs unlike other members of Diclidurus.
RIP Academy Award winning makeup legend Richard Emerson “Dick” Smith (June 26, 1922 – July 30, 2014)
Senior Psychology major
(After a failed suicide attempt)
Because condoms enriched with radium were obviously a great idea, right?
Sadly not guaranteed to make your wanger glow in the dark :(