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46371.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:09 pm Reply with quote

One recent Wikipedia project of mine was Polycephaly, which mainly details "dicephalic" animals.

It's meaning?
Di = Two
Cephalic = Head

An offshoot of this was Pasqual Pinon, aka "The two-headed Mexican", a touring "freak" who was neither two-headed nor Mexican.

46372.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:11 pm Reply with quote


46376.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:19 pm Reply with quote

Yeah, the images are someone disgusting.

Talking of odd birth things, I also worked on the superfecundation and superfetation articles. Twins being half-siblings? Umm!

gerontius grumpus
46435.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:48 pm Reply with quote

Zaphod might have something to add to this thread.

46436.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:53 pm Reply with quote

Two headed snakes are quite... well, not common exactly but there are a few of them around.

46461.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:42 am Reply with quote

Strictly speaking, there are no two headed people: rather twins who have a body in common. When viewed this way, the condition seems less "disgusting".

gerontius grumpus
46617.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Hmm I'm in two minds about this one.

46649.  Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:31 am Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
Hmm I'm in two minds about this one.

Talk it over with someone - two heads are better than one.

47007.  Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:59 am Reply with quote

Despite sharing a stomach, dicephalistic snakesí heads will fight each other over food.

Initially only one of the heads would readily accept prey. In time the other head began to feed. In general, two to three, live, neonatal, laboratory mice were placed in the enclosure and were eaten during the night. However with time it became apparent that there was enough flexibility in the bifurcate spines to allow the heads to bite one another when offered food, or if prey scent was detected on the body after a feeding episode.


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