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The best peer-reviewed scientific figure ever

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An actual figure, from an actual research paper:

Source: Meyer-Rochow, V. B., Jozsef Gal. Pressures produced when penguins pooh – calculations on avian defaecation. Polar Biology. 31 October 2003.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

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  1. 1. Alex Wild 3:02 pm 04/17/2012

    What gets me is all the pebbly detail in the ground, in contrast to the crude lines depicting the penguin.

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  2. 2. Bora Zivkovic 3:13 pm 04/17/2012

    LOL, yes. Guess: this was done in MSPaint?

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  3. 3. IncredibleMouse 6:12 pm 04/17/2012


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  4. 4. jebyrnes 10:00 pm 04/17/2012

    You can actually by a t-shirt of it at Figure 1 Wear

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  5. 5. Alex Wild 11:56 pm 04/17/2012

    jebyrnes- Ha! I might have to get one.

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  6. 6. jtdwyer 3:10 am 04/18/2012

    The hyper-efficient flow-through digestive tract is awesome!

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  7. 7. Alenz 5:56 pm 04/18/2012

    Imagine a Cow doing this…

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  8. 8. patrickh74 2:01 pm 04/24/2012

    No pun intended, this illustration is complete CRAP!!!

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