One of the best figures to ever grace a peer-reviewed scientific journal (warning: panda demise)

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From the article entitled "Remains of Holocene giant pandas from Jiangdong Mountain (Yunnan, China) and their relevance to the evolution of quaternary environments in south-western China" comes this mildly distressing but amusingly illustrated scientific figure, which depicts the manner in which giant-panda bones might accumulate and decay in sinkholes over time.

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Tragic? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes.

On a related note, does anybody know if there's a tumblr out there devoted to amusing journal figures? If so, we humbly submit this one for approval, along with this longtime favorite, originally spotted by SciAm's Alex Wild, from the gloriously titled "Pressures produced when penguins pooh — calculations on avian defaecation":

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[Historical Biology via Ross Barnett]

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I used to have a lovebird that would have been happy to help with the penguin diagram. Got the ungrateful little thing from a neighbour when she was hatched because she had splay legs and they didn't want her, so we raised her from ugly and featherless, feeding her with droppers on an hourly schedule... the whole shebang. We hadn't wanted her, we just felt sorry for her. She repaid us by being surly, but endlessly entertaining when she grew up. Her cage sat next to my computer, and she'd chatter for attention, and if you didn't give it to her, she'd clamber up the bars like a monkey, angle her butt out at you, and then TRY TO POOP OUT THROUGH THE BARS SO IT WOULD LAND ON THE DESK. It was very intentional. After she'd do it, she'd always stop and cock her head to see where it landed, then look at you for a reaction. She never did manage to actually get it on me, but she tried.

I used to say I was the only person she respected because I could reach in and handle her to change her cage and water and such, and if anyone else reached in she'd make an angry buzzing noise and launch herself at their hand. (She'd saw her beak back and forth if she bit you.) I couldn't hold it against her because we found out when she was little one of my brother's best friends who was over almost every day would fuck with her and poke stuff through the bars until she went bananas, so I think she just hated people.