Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Imaginary Classification

October 6, 2013: While most Imaginaries can be classified as a single species, in keeping with the Linnaean scientific method of classifying animals, the gyascutus family and the dahus of Europe express another kind of Imaginari-ness. The characteristic of having two legs shorter on one side than on the other appears in more than one species.

Here at Iranigami, we believe that gyascutosity is not a mutation, but rather a recessive genetic trait that occurs in the DNA of a number of different species of animals. In some lines – that of the wampahoofus, for example – the trait became dominant through natural selection, but in most species, the gene only expresses itself under specific conditions

The same dynamic expresses itself in other Imaginaries. Unicornism, for example, has been seen in horses, leopards, oxen and deer, as well as in rhinoceros and narwhals. Dragonism also spans a wide variety of species, including not only creatures with scales, but some who are fur-bearing and some who are feathered.

This cross-species expression of an Imaginary trait may seem to contradict Linnaean classification, but it appears all the time in nature. The crocodile, the raven, and the platypus all lay eggs, but belong to different classes. The Venus flytraps and the frog both eat flies, but one is a plant and one is an animal.

It is only because the appearance of gyascutosity is not recognized by naturalists as a legitimate trait that it is not studied the same way other cross-species characteristics are studied. Just in case you were thinking that all the interesting discoveries about Imaginaries have already been made, here is an area of exploration that is wide-open for the curious Iranigamist! - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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