So the big countdown is almost up and the Olympics will soon be upon us! Tomorrow night the whole world will be turning up or tuning in to watch the opening ceremony for the 2012 games and I am turtley excited! Over the next few weeks we will be watching the world’s athletes competing to be the best and I will be cheering on team GB to do us proud.
This morning I woke up extra early so I could watch the Olympic torch pass near our London office and it was great! The crowd was amazing and really showed their support. I showed mine through my choice of outfit:
Other than following the Olympics hype I have been keeping an eye out for testudine related news or anything aquatic and I stumbled across an awesome paper from BMC Genomics. It’s titled ‘An unbiased approach to identify genes involved in development in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination’ and examines whether, like many reptiles, the sex of the red-eared slider turtle is decided by the temperature of the embryos. It’s really fascinating stuff! If you fancy checking it out then follow the link to the paper.
Another intriguing reptile find this week includes the discovery of one of the most primitive snake fossils ever found! Not only that, the fossil has given clues that the slithery reptiles might have originated on land and not the sea. The fossilized animal lived in prehistoric times (along with my ancestors) and probably emerged from a line of burrowing reptiles that lost their legs through evolution. How amazing is that, huh?
Well that’s all from me folks. I’ll be back with more news next week!