Yikes.

Brainless and faceless fish discovered

It has a spinal cord, but no distinct brain.  Its need for thinkin’-smarts is probably pretty minimal, but it does demonstrate that the brain is not necessarily the required organ that people generally expect. Alien biology that is otherwise similar to terrestrial might develop advanced beings that have their brains distributed throughout their bodies, or contained within skeletal elements such as a thickened spinal column, or something else. Seems to me that a distinct brain, in a nicely compact roughly spherical form, would be the design most capable of fast and efficient thinking… but who says that thinking as fast as we do on Earth is necessary everywhere?

See photos of this rather primitive critter here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinescotland/6542842405/in/set-72157628495622267

  • Murgatroyd

    Well, Sergeant Schlock‘s thought processes are distributed throughout his entire body mass …

    Did you follow the link to the Daily Mail article? As a science writer I have to say it’s an interesting example of a certain type of journalism — everything in it is literally true, yet it’s highly misleading and rather sensationalistic. When they say “discovered,” they don’t mean “found for the first time ever” … they mean “found for the first time in this particular place even though it’s been known for centuries elsewhere.” Still, I’ll cut them some slack if the article gets readers interested in science.

    Have you ever encountered the marine biology filk song “It’s a Long Way from Amphioxus“?

    • Anonymous

      > As a science writer I have to say it’s an interesting example of a certain type of journalism

      If you liked that, you’d love the December 2011 issue of “Gun World.” At the top of the cover is the blurb: “BAD MAMMA JAMMA: KEL-TEC’S 14+1 SEMI-AUTO 12-GA.” Shown next to that is a photo of the Kel-Tec KSG, the 15-round shotgun I previously blogged about. In the article itself, the secondary title is “KEL-TEC’S NEW KSD SEMI-AUTO 12-GAUGE SHOTGUN WILL STOP ANY THREAT IN ITS TRACKS.”

      So, what’s wrong with that? Well… as the article itself makes plain, the KSG is, in fact, a pump action shotgun, not a semi-auto.

      The point: not only do you have to watch out for journalists… but editors also have a rather tenuous grasp of reality when it comes to salesmanship.

      • Warrick Locke

        I remember Dan Rather blathering on about the “researchers and fact checkers” employed by Teh Media. My response, then as now, was that he needed to go back to HQ and find out just what those people did all day.

        Regards,
        Ric

      • Murgatroyd

        So, what’s wrong with that? Well… as the article itself makes plain, the KSG is, in fact, a pump action shotgun, not a semi-auto.

        At least that was in Gun World. In the New York Times the editor would have said “That’s one of those ‘assault rifles’ isn’t it? I want 800 words by tomorrow afternoon on why these things have to be kept out of the hands of teabaggers and only allowed to trained professionals like TSA officers.”

        • http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/ Tam

          I don’t think it had a shoulder thing that goes up.

  • K2

    From Tam of “View from the Porch”:

    RX: “Huh! ‘Brainless and faceless fish discovered.’”

    Me: “Awesome! Let’s vote for him!”

    • Seamus Dubh

      We already did.

      • Brianna

        Wait, I thought we voted for brainless, *spineless* creatures. These things possess spines, which means they cannot be politicians.

        • Seamus Dubh

          Curse you and your use of logic.

  • Jeff Wright

    Nice to know we have something like Chordata to start the process over in case the surface gets plastered…

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