• NO SPINES - A Better Version of Blurred Lines...

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    I've always been a fan of the spineless. Invertebrates are so cool and diverse, and among the most fascinating organisms on the planet. What better way to celebrate them than with a song?

    One of the greatest things about making these parodies is discovering the incredibly talented people around me. The amazing vocals and sound mixing were done by Emily Hamel-Brison, with help from Hanna Hotanen and Pauline Dynowski.

    Check out my co-star Brent Ray Fraser at his website here: www.brentrayfraser.com

    Check out the Reptile and Invertebrate rescue centre owned and operated by my friend Mike Hopcraft: www.thereptileguy.info

    Our fabulous stills (including my current profile photo) were shot by Sara Finley: http://sarahsovereign.com

    The Full Lyrics:

    Everybody read up
    Hey Hey Hey

    If you're not clear, on your invertebrates
    Don't worry I'm here, to set your knowledge straight
    Maybe you're stuck on phyla
    Cladistically behind
    Let's get 'em straight in your mind

    Ok so here we go, don't underestimate them
    Cuz these great animals, outnumber us in nature
    They will exhilarate you, diversity is so huge,
    Humans are minor next to

    And that's why I'm gon' give you details,
    On invert fauna, on invert fauna, I know you want 'em
    Life at grand scales
    Don't let it get past you,
    Vertebrates are so few

    Most organisms have no spines
    Phylum Porifera
    AKA sponges
    Tissues are porous
    (!) Circulation is key
    Thru flagellated cavities
    In fresh water and sea
    There's totipotency

    Next we hit cnidarians
    Corals and jellyfish
    Meso-glea nematocysts
    Box jellies will kill you so quick!

    They're predatory
    In all their glory
    That ain't no story

    Ok the molluscs now, I'll try to educate well,
    They've got a mantle and, secrete their very own shells,
    They got a muscular foot, most species really taste good,
    Clams, mussels, snails and squid

    And that's why I'm gon' give you details,
    On invert fauna,
    On invert fauna,
    I know you want e'm
    Life at grand scales,
    Don't let it get past you
    Vertebrates are so few.

    Most organisms have no spines,
    The annelids next
    (I hate them spines)
    Most folks don't re-spect
    (I hate them spines)
    Vermiform objects

    But we need them!
    They're worms with segments
    Lots burrow in sediment
    Some live near deep sea vents


    One thing I ask urgently
    Which phylum's got most diversity?
    That's conquered land and air and also sea
    There's millions of species so I decree
    Arthropoda wins out quite earnestly
    Exoskeletons characterize identity
    Segmented bodies and jointed appendages
    Provide evolutionary advantages
    Five hundred million years ago they came,
    Many species we have yet to find and name,
    Five sub phyla 'cept trilobites became
    Extinct. But the others win diversity fame
    So just watch, and learn,
    So many groups to be discerned.
    Chelicerata, myriapods, crustaceans hexapoda
    Respect the arthropods you have been told-a!

    We describe, we run down, read up!

    Say echinoderm!

    Deuterostomy, they all live in the ocean,
    Pentaradial symmetry, water vascular motion
    Urchins and sea stars,
    Body forms bizzare
    Haemal no true heart

    Finally lets discuss Tunicates
    They're actually chordates,
    Because of a larval trait,
    The notochord sets their fate

    Ascidians so fine
    adults are sedentary
    colonial or solitary

    Most organisms got no spines.
    That's invert fauna
    That's invert fauna
    That's invert fauna
    Life at grand scales
    Don't let it get past you
    Vertebrates are so few
    Think about that, I do.

    Everybody read up. Show less
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