February 25, 2012

Fictitious life-history.........

This is fun. I found this online somewhere.... For those who are unaware, Decapodia are a faux-extraterrestrial taxon from the TV show "Futurama" loosely based on the marine invertebrates of Earth. The life-history of Dr. Zoidberg, one of the main characters on the show, is illustrated (approximated?) from polyp to adult in the chart above. The "data" are taken from the episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" in which the entire cast quickly ages in reverse, causing them to re-live their life-history in reverse. While we might assume that Decapodian phylogeny capitulates ontogeny, those data are not shown.

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