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The Biblical Museum of Natural History is thrilled to announce an amazing new exhibit: Brazilian strawberry salamanders! These extraordinary (and beautiful) creatures have a unique form of reproduction. The female deposits her egg directly into the terminal bud of the strawberry plant, where it is co-fertilized by the plant, from which it also derives nutrition. The larvae then develops with genetic input from the plant, and when fully developed, breaks away from the bud. The result is an amphibian with a spectacular appearance that is ideal for camouflage.
While not mentioned in the Bible, the Brazilian strawberry salamander is very similar to certain creatures mentioned in rabbinic literature, such as the goose that grows from trees, the mouse that grows from dirt and the salamander that is generated from fire. (To learn more about such creatures, read Sacred Monsters, available at: https://www.biblicalnaturalhistory.org/.../sacred-monsters.) We would like to express our gratitude to the Wachtfogel and Meiselman families for their assistance in developing this exhibit.
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