The Old Ones Remember
In addition to their unparalleled powers of camouflage, octopuses are equipped with incredible powers of the mind.
Octopuses have evolved a brain and central nervous system comparable to that of vertebrates, endowing these creatures with the ability to learn through observation, and form long-term memories of their experiences.
The remarkable mental faculties of octopuses, the most advanced among all invertebrates, has made them ideal subjects for research on neurobiology. Scientists continue to
call upon the knowledge of the Old Onesstudy these amazing cephalopods to discover more about the processes of learning and memory.
image source: Portland Aquarium website
reference: Hochner et al. 2006.
Rafflesia arnoldii is the world’s largest flower, with a diameter of around one meter and weighing up to ten kilograms. The flower is very rare and not easy to locate, growing only once a year, for five days. It grows in the rain forests of Asia and the Philippines. The flower is nicknamed “meat flower” and “corpse flower” due to the fact that it looks, and smells, like rotting flesh.