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We had never heard of a pangolin until we watched this Brain Scoop video by Emily and the team at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at The University of Montana. A quick search turned up this fascinating video by NatGeo Wild, which shows how this prehistoric-looking mammal walks on its hind legs, showing off its keratin scales, large tail, and huge front claws.

There are eight species of pangolins found throughout Africa and Asia. They are closely related to Xenarthrans – anteaters, armadillos, and sloths. Pangolins are mostly nocturnal. Some can hang from trees using their tails. Some sleep rolled up. Their reeeeeally long tongue helps them eat ants and termites. 

There is a white-bellied tree pangolin living at the San Diego Zoo. You can watch an official zoo video about him or watch this more personal introduction.

Using his paraglider, photographer George Steinmetz flies above some of the most diverse and extreme deserts in the world… sand dunes, volcanic peaks, brightly colored hot springs, ancient cities, unusual farms, herds of wild animals… pattern upon amazing pattern. Look at them all online or find them in his book, Desert Air, after watching this video from National Geographic.

This video by Kevin Kelly demonstrates how much texture, detail and feeling you can communicate with very little. From Kevin: 

I took a one-second clip each day on a two-month trip in Asia during April & May 2012. On a few days I just had to do an extra second, so this video is actually 90 seconds long. I was inspired by Ceasar Kuriyama’s one-second-per-day life summary. Since it was only one second per day I filmed it on my Lumix still camera; edited on iMovie. This is all the video I took.

Not only is it an exercise in the power of editing brief moments together, but it’s an exercise in self-control when filming! Such an excellent project for a kid. What one second in your day would you choose to record? 

via BoingBoing.

Meet the mimic octopus, the first octopus found that impersonates other animals.

Living in the tropical seas of Southeast Asia, it was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. The octopus mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than 15 different species, including sea snakeslionfishflatfishbrittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingraysfloundersjellyfishsea anemones, and mantis shrimp

But wait, there’s now a super-recent video of a mimic fish (a Black Marble Jawfish) mimicking the mimic octopus who mimics fish. #meta

via National Geographic.