Ancient cold-blooded goat had tiny brain and eyes


14 Responses to “Ancient cold-blooded goat had tiny brain and eyes”

  1. eliba says:

    That is so NEAT.

  2. Lilith_Snow says:

    Leave. Cheyney. Alone!!

  3. gabrielm says:

    “the species inhabited the island for over five million years”
    and then the humans came along :(

  4. scifijazznik says:

    They must have been tasty.

  5. MrJM says:

    Humans: 1, Reptile Goats: 0


  6. adamnvillani says:

    Wow! Sounds kind of like koalas — I just found out last week that because of their low-energy diet, their brains have atrophied and their cranial cavity is 40% filled with cerebro-spinal fluid. As Wikipedia sez:

    the brain’s two cerebral hemispheres are like “a pair of shrivelled walnut halves on top of the brain stem, in contact neither with each other nor the bones of the skull. It is the only animal on Earth with such a strangely reduced brain.”

  7. Moriarty says:

    I once had a boss like that.

  8. dragonfrog says:

    They also saved energy by having a brain half the size of hoofed mammals its own size, and its eyes were only a third of the size.

    Interestingly, many modern holiday-makers on Majorca have adopted the same energy saving strategy.

  9. 13tales says:

    Friends, I propose that henceforth we refer to this marvellous creature as “Ol’ Squinty” or possibly “Ol’ Squinty-hooves”

  10. Witteveen says:

    I, for one, welcome our horned cold-blooded overlords!

  11. Anonymous says:

    And they went extinct when humans arrived. We really are like a virus that destroys any life it encounters.

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