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csziggy's Journal
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December 19, 2020

My sister's cat

No, I'm not lost from the Pets Group. I've posted before about the species for which my sister found the paratype fossil and which was named for her. Now the University of Florida Natural History Museum has a page about it:

Rhizosmilodon fiteae

UF 124634, holotype right mandible

Quick Facts

Common Name: Fite’s saber-tooth cat

Rhizosmilodon fiteae is a small-sized, saber-toothed cat known only from Florida; but most species of felids have large geographic ranges, so it would not be surprising to find its fossils in other areas of North America.

Rhizosmilodon fitae weighed about 165 lbs., the same as a medium-sized, modern jaguar (Panthera onca) or slightly larger than an average modern cougar (Puma concolor).

It was most likely primarily an ambush predator, and probably preferred prey such as deer, peccaries, small tapirs, and small horses.

Age Range

Early Pliocene Epoch; late Hemphillian land mammal age
About 4.5 to 5 million years ago

Scientific Name and Classification

Rhizosmilodon fiteae Wallace & Hulbert, 2013

Source of Species Name: named for Barbara Fite of Lutz, Florida, who donated the paratype specimen to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Classification: Mammalia, Eutheria, Laurasiatheria, Carnivora, Feliformia, Aeluroidea, Felidae, Machairodontinae, Smilodontini

Alternate Species Names: Megantereon hesperus sensu Berta and Galiano (1983)

More: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/florida-vertebrate-fossils/species/rhizosmilodon-fiteae/
December 15, 2020

Dolphins and Stress

I’m not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate.

Read the full description before looking at the picture.

The photo below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress level at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical.

A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that t the dolphins are identical; a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins.

If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress.

Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you may want to take a vacation.

Note: I found this in a file from 2004. I suspect stress levels are much higher than back then so the differences perceived are much higher now!

December 14, 2020

This is interesting - the totals of electors certified so far

Using the chart in this thread: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214706912

I put together a rough estimate of the number of electors that should be certified at the times provided:

10 AM - Trump 22, Biden 3
11 AM - Trump 50, Biden 23
11:30 AM - Trump 56, Biden 32
11:45 AM - Trump 64, Biden 32
12 Noon - Trump 97, Biden 146
12:30 PM - Trump 105, Biden 146
1 PM - Trump 123, Biden 171
2 PM - Trump 174, Biden 202
3 PM - Trump 229, Biden 240
4 PM - 232, Biden 240
4:30 PM - Trump 232, Biden 247
5 PM - Trump 232, Biden 302
7 PM - Trump 232, Biden 306

Of course the chart does not include snags and delays in the counting and certification. But I find it curious that CNN is showing right now that Trump has 56, while Biden has 125.

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