Skull from Ciapas, Mexico, bearing teeth adorned with gems.
Ancient peoples of southern North America went to “dentists”—among the earliest known—to beautify their chompers with notches, grooves, and semiprecious gems, according to a recent analysis of thousands of teeth examined from collections in Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Most of the gem-encrusted teeth were from individuals who lived before the year 1500 and who came from all walks of life—this was not a trend for the elite alone.
Source: National Geographic
The Metamorphosis Audiobook by Franz Kafka (by CCProse)
The butterfly says … “who”? This is the giant owl butterfly. Not only has it evolved to look like half a bird, but the detail! The glint of “light” off the false eye. Wow. Evolution is so cool. (at California Academy of Sciences)
It’s lovely to see that Franz Kafka’s work being recognized. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the aforementioned author’s famous work, The Metamorphosis, about a young salesman named Gregor who is mysteriously transformed into a bug-like creature. (It would be wise to note that the cause of Gregor’s transformation is never investigated.)