Axolotl Quotes

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Now I am an axolotl.
Julio Cortázar (Blow-Up and Other Stories)
There was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls. I went to see them in the aquarium at the Jardin des Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint movements. Now I am an axolotl.
Julio Cortázar (Blow-Up and Other Stories)
The moral of the story is…Jeff is a moron. A baby axolotl can’t fight a fish! You can’t expect babies to do the things adults do. You can’t expect anyone to do things they can’t do. If you ask me to lift five hundred pounds, I can’t. It doesn’t matter how much I want to, how much conviction I put into it. It’s just not something I can do. Maybe if I’d been training all my life, but not now, not tomorrow.
Sylvain Neuvel (Only Human (Themis Files, #3))
I found myself drawn to biology, with all its frustrating yet fascinating complexities. When I was twelve, I remember reading about axolotls, which are basically a species of salamander that has evolved to remain permanently in the aquatic larval stage. They manage to keep their gills (rather than trading them in for lungs, like salamanders or frogs) by shutting down metamorphosis and becoming sexually mature in the water. I was completely flabbergasted when I read that by simply giving these creatures the “metamorphosis hormone” (thyroid extract) you could make the axolotl revert back into the extinct, land-dwelling, gill-less adult ancestor that it had evolved from. You could go back in time, resurrecting a prehistoric animal that no longer exists anywhere on Earth. I also knew that for some mysterious reason adult salamanders don’t regenerate amputated legs but the tadpoles do. My curiosity took me one step further, to the question of whether an axolotl—which is, after all, an “adult tadpole”—would retain its ability to regenerate a lost leg just as a modern frog tadpole does. And how many other axolotl-like beings exist on Earth, I wondered, that could be restored to their ancestral forms by simply giving them hormones? Could humans—who are after all apes that have evolved to retain many juvenile qualities—be made to revert to an ancestral form, perhaps something resembling Homo erectus, using the appropriate cocktail of hormones? My mind reeled out a stream of questions and speculations, and I was hooked on biology forever. I found mysteries and possibilities everywhere.
V.S. Ramachandran (The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human)
Lord Edward took a scientific interest in the sexual activities of axolotls and chickens, guinea pigs and frogs; but any reference to the corresponding activities of humans made him painfully uncomfortable.
Aldous Huxley (Point Counter Point)
Berlin is here to mix everything with everything, man… I steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels my imagination… because my work and my theft are authentic as long as something speaks directly to my soul. It's not where I take things from – it's where I take them to.
Helene Hegemann (Axolotl Roadkill)
from you!
Susan Mason (Axolotl! (Funny Fauna, #1))
Axolotls don’t undergo metamorphosis This is a condition known as “neoteny” and it happens when an animal grows very slowly. This is usually because there are problems with the animal’s environment, such as low water temperatures or lack of food.
Susan Mason (Axolotl! (Funny Fauna, #1))
it was that was
Dr. Block (The April Fool Axolotl and Other Stories: An Unofficial Minecraft Book (Holiday Books for Minecrafters))
Truly obscure animals, like the axolotl (a type of salamander) or the Wunderpus photogenicus (a type of octopus which, true to its name, is very photogenic), don't have nicknames in common use, although I expect to hear from the Association for Researchers of the Axolotl and the Wunderpus Photogenicus (ARAWP?) any day now informing me that they say them often enough that they've devised more efficient names for them.
Gretchen McCulloch (Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language)
The axolotl is remarkable because it becomes sexually mature while still retaining the external gills of its larval form. It seems, however, that this is due to nutritional problems. The change from larva to adult is triggered by hormones, including thyroxine produced by the thyroid gland. Conditions in this one lake, both chemical and physical, are such that this gland does not develop properly. But that can be corrected. If an axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is kept in a tank and a little thyroxine added to its water, the animal loses its external gills, climbs out of water and assumes a terrestrial life.
David Attenborough (Life in Cold Blood)
I mean, I never want to have to make any villager poof. That’s really bad. I hoped to go my entire life without having to poof anything.
Dr. Block (The April Fool Axolotl and Other Stories: An Unofficial Minecraft Book (Holiday Books for Minecrafters))
Rekha Devi (Amazing Animal Facts)
If a white girl tries to tell you what your brown skin can and cannot wear for makeup, just remember the smile of an axolotl.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments)
What is your favorite part of the first half of Caves & Cliffs? The axolotls, of course.
Dr. Block (Diary of a Surfer Villager: Book 31: (an unofficial Minecraft book))
But Xander didn’t let their baleful eyes bother him one little bit. Quick as a flash, he reached in and grabbed the smallest axolotl, a cyan-colored one, and shoved it in his mouth, gulping it down with a single swallow.
Dr. Block (Diary of a Surfer Villager: Book 31: (an unofficial Minecraft book))
After the feast, Spidroth, Herobrine, Vioroth, Herobrine’s witches and some of his most senior advisers retired to Spidroth’s drawing-room to talk. The drawing-room had a plush red carpet and was full of comfy sofas. On one wall was a huge portrait of Herobrine, surrounded by portraits of Spidroth and her brothers and sister, and embedded into the opposite wall was an enormous fish tank full of different color axolotls
Dave Villager (Dave the Villager 38: An Unofficial Minecraft Video Game Novel (The Legend of Dave the Villager))
How is regeneration of the spinal cord in the salamander related to its initial development ? There is now evidence that in the salamander, the steps of progenitor cell-patterning and controlled neurogenesis that naturally regenerate a severed tail largely recapitulate the steps followed during early embryonic development to initially build the central nervous system. For example, ependymal cells are descendants of radial glial cells retained from the earliest developmental stages in regenerating vertebrates. The ependymal tube that gives rise to regenerated spinal cord following salamander tail amputation is very similar in appearance to the early structure of the neural tube of developing amniotes. But how does that recapitulation occur ? By using a transgenic axolotl that expresses green fluorescent proteins (GFPs), they further examined the regenerated spinal cord by replacing a segment of the spinal cord from a typical animal with a piece of the spinal cord from a GFP-expressing animal - that is, one with green fluorescent cells. They found that the implanted cells in the experimental animals regenerated a green spinal cord ! Thus, regeneration may be a more neural stem-cell like, or pluripotent, state as a response to injury.
Eugene C. Goldfield (Bioinspired Devices: Emulating Nature’s Assembly and Repair Process)
The Argentine writer Julio Cortázar imagines a character gazing at an axolotl for so long and so intently that he becomes one.
Caspar Henderson (The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary)
Along with its newt cousins, the axolotl is able to regenerate entire severed limbs.
Caspar Henderson (The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary)
The Axolotl and the Ammocoete” may not sound like a promising title for verse: it refers to a salamander (axolotl) and a tadpole-like animal (ammocoete). But the idea expressed in the poem changed the field and defined research programs for decades.
Neil Shubin (Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA)
i am going to attempt to survive 100 days as an axolotl in hardcore minecraft now this is not going to be easy although axolotls can swim at lightning speed
Mery Kary (Minecraft: I survived 100 days as an axolotl in hardcore minecraft)