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Jackalope (spoiler alert: not real)

Loch Ness Monster (AKA Nessie, also a figment of the imagination. Or not.)

Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kryptos, “hidden” + zoology; literally, “study of hidden animals”) is a pseudoscience involving the search for animals whose existence has not been proved. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical evidence but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra; and wild animals dramatically outside their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats (also known as Alien Big Cats).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptozoology

UPDATE: Some experts point to the globster—an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water—as being responsible for early sea monsters sightings.

"… these were often described as sea monsters, and myths and legends about such monsters may often have started with the appearance of a globster."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globster

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Future Zoology

imageCentral Park by Alexis Rockman. Acrylic and oil on two wood panels. Created for Peter Ward’s book Future Evolution (2001)

As it has evolved, the human species has created a cultural and technological shift in its own society, allowing the world to be specifically tailored to our lifestyles. As our world becomes more and more adaptive to the needs of humans, we realize that a more primitive species simply could not exist in and benefit from the modern world created by man. What will happen when we are unable to exist in the world that we have created for ourselves? Who will exist in our place? More specifically, what species will eventually replace the human race?

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imageMicrograph of the nucleus basalis (of Meynert), which produces acetylcholine in the CNS. LFB-HE stain.

Quite often when we think of neurotransmitters that affect our mood, Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Dopamine come to mind. One that is less commonly mentioned—yet responsible for some of the most important aspects of our waking lives including decision making, attention and mood—is called Acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems of the body. In fact, more than a third of the cells in the human nervous system release this chemical and several other neurotransmitters are dependent on it.

ACh is involved with synaptic plasticity, specifically in learning and short-term memory. It helps us achieve REM states while asleep, and sustained attention when we are awake. Learn more here.

Cortex in Metalic Pastels by Greg A. Dunn