Katsoiko joku muukin tätä ohjelmaa sunnuntaina aamupäivällä?
Siinä kerrottiin millaisia ekosysteemejä ja elämänmuotoja muilla planeetoilla voisi olla. Jotenkin vain epäilen, ettei aivan meidän galaksista edes noin hienoja otuksia löytäisi, vaikka tutkijoiden mukaan elämä voisi selvitä erikoisenkin karuissa olosuhteissa.
Hienoa grafiikkaa kyllä, mutta vähän liian mielikuvituksellista. Mitäs muut ovat mieltä. Löytyi oikein niiden otusten kuvatkin netistä. Nämä sitten muodostaisivat yhden toimivan ekosysteemin petoine ja saalistajineen.
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Ötökän nimi oli ohjelman mukaan mutapodi...
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Ja tämän taas Hysteria- vaarallinen pieni peto.
Täs on Gulphog
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Mielikuvitusta ei ainakaan puutu, sano.
"To make the worlds as realistic as possible, SETI astrophysicist Laurance Doyle and NASA researcher Manoj Joshi ran detailed climate simulations on a desktop Linux box. The sims allowed the scientists to observe the consequences on habitability of a range of complex atmospheric variables like thermal circulation and precipitation levels. Next, a group of life scientists, led by University of Cambridge paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris, applied the principles of natural selection and adaptation to populate the planets. They determined creature leg lengths and wingspans using biomechanics algorithms, and they established vegetation height and characteristics according to factors like available light and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
"Implicit in these biospheres is the concept of evolution," says Conway Morris. As a result, the inhabitants of Aurelia and Blue Moon look more like something that might be encountered on the Galapagos Islands than at the cineplex. The life-forms on these pages illustrate realistic adaptations to an environment. Adaptations that almost - but not quite - befit creatures right here at home.
Aurelia is a hypothetical planet that orbits a red dwarf star. Its orbit is gravitationally locked to the star, like the moon's is to Earth. The result is a day side of endless sunlight and verdant forests, and a night side of darkness and packed ice. On the day side, a constant stream of light feeds hearty palm-like flora, while solar flares of intense ultraviolet radiation send fauna scrambling for cover.
Distinguishing Features: The broad, leaflike top of this plant-animal hybrid works like a solar panel, soaking up sunlight and converting it to food energy. The stinger fan's five rudimentary hearts pump nutrients through its body while leglike motile "roots" allow it to relocate and compete with other fans for maximum exposure to light.
Closest Earth Cousin: Coral polyps: Their symbiotic relationship with algae enables them to photosynthesize light into nourishment.
Distinguishing Features: A shovel-shaped nose helps this six-legged amphibian uproot its main food source, stinger fans. Serrated claws easily penetrate their thick stalks. After feeding, the mudpod uses felled fans to build river dams, creating artificial ponds that provide a haven from predators.
Closest Earth Cousin: Beavers, semiaquatic rodents that dam rivers with tree branches to store food and to protect their lodges from bears.
Distinguishing Features: When inserted into the ground, this biped's blunt tusks pick up the minute vibrations of burrowing prey. A UV-detecting third "eye" on top of the gulphog's head serves as an early warning system, alerting it to seek shelter from solar flares.
Closest Earth Cousin:s Naked mole rats, which use seismic cues to navigate subterranean tunnels. And iguana-like tuataras, which use a third "parietal" eye to sense when they've been in the sun too long.
Oxygen levels on Blue Moon are four times higher than on Earth; carbon dioxide levels are 30 times higher. As a result, animals with supercharged muscular strength rule the skies, and plant growth is rampant. Frequent electrical storms ignite fires in the dense, interconnected pagoda tree forests, and massive winged creatures glide through the thick atmosphere on oceanlike currents.
Distinguishing Features: Three eyes ring the stalker's bulbous head, giving this flying predator 360-degree vision for hunting prey in the air and on the ground. Stalkers live in large nests that are governed by a strict hierarchy. Scouts hunt for food. Once they've found it, they release a powerful pheromone that draws sharp-beaked workers from the hive to assist in the kill.
Closest Earth Cousin: Hornets, with their social networks, labor divisions, and incessant hunting.
Distinguishing Features: Abundant carbon dioxide means the pagoda trees grow to more than half a mile tall. Cuplike crowns above the canopy collect rainwater to keep the uppermost limbs hydrated.
Closest Earth Cousin: Giant sequoias, but their growth is limited by the ability of the tree's vascular system to deliver water hundreds of feet up.
Distinguishing Features: Tendons along this manta ray-like creature's rear control its airfoil shape, letting it ride the wind currents. Tendrils dangling from multiple mouths haul in the giant insects that hover near pagoda crowns, while a long, fleshy cord keeps the kite tethered to the canopy.
Closest Earth Cousin: Jellyfish, which depend on ocean currents for lateral movement and feed on small fish and plants that become trapped in their tentacles.
Distinguishing Features: A cluster of sacs at the base of the plant's large bladder convert atmospheric moisture to hydrogen gas, which keeps the balloon plant aloft. The outer membrane is photosynthetic, and large groups of the plants grow in the sunny clearings left by forest fires.
Closest Earth Cousin: Kelp forests: The undersea plants have gas-filled pneumatocysts that help them grow toward the surface to convert light energy to chemical energy.
Distinguishing Features: The dense atmosphere enables this winged herbivore to move easily from ocean to sky. It uses echolocation to scan for aerial plankton, which it scoops into its enormous mouth.
Closest Earth Cousin: South American oilbirds, nocturnals found in dense forests that fly and hunt by sonar in low-light conditions."