By: Ashe Hope
Hear "Marsupial" and one thinks Kangaroo! While the Kangaroo is the most popularized one by cartoons and storybooks, there are many other marsupials as well. The Koala, Opossum, and Tasmanian wolf, to name a few.Marsupials are a group of animals that belong to the...
By: Ashe Hope
Ethology, from the Greek word ethos,(character)and logos(knowledge) is the branch of Zoology that deals with animal instincts. It differs from the study of Animal Behavior , in that animal behaviorists generally are interested in learned behavior, while ethologists focus on innate behavior. It deals with...
By: Brenna Mae
Why does hair stand up on a cat's back when they are scared? Same reason we get goosebumps. A cat will try to appear bigger and more threatening to a predator when it's scared. It's a survival technique. Our early ancestors used this same technique...
How mammals hibernate
By: Effie Moore Salem
Hibernating mammals such as black and brown bears, the brown bats, marmots, woodchucks, arctic ground squirrels survive the cold winter by lowering their body temperatures and snoozing away the frigid time in Alaska, say Elizabeth Manning in her online article "The Long Sleep: Which animals...
Why marsupials are confined to Australia and South America
By: Janet Grischy
When people think of marsupials, they think of the cute koala and the bouncy kangaroo of Australia. They may, if they are more knowledgeable, think of the many opossum species found in South America. But marsupials are not actually confined to Australia and South America...
Tiger beetles: Tiny terrors
By: Laureen Manera
Tiger beetles (order Coleptera) are a diverse group. They are found in most parts of the world, with the exception of only some of the most remote regions. In America alone, there are at least 100 different species- 36 different species can be found in...
By: Lee Templar
The Giant Panda is familiar to us all - a black and white, bear-like animal, that eats bamboo and is famous for its sad place as one of the most endangered animals on the planet. There are in fact two species of panda, and the...
Giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands
By: Karen Ellis
Can you imagine living 150 to 200 years as the giant Galapagos tortoise. These are the largest tortoises in the world and they weigh up to 660 pounds and four feet in length. Originally there were thirteen subspecies of this tortoise (Geochelone nigra) living on...
By: Don Green
Ethology is the study of animals in their natural environment. Studying how and why animals behave the way they do can help us give them the proper living conditions for healthy living. Looking at their behavior in natural settings tells us why they act as...
By: Kathy Stemke
If you were to compress all of the earth's history into one year, primates would appear about 5 days before the new year, and Homo Sapiens (Man) would appear about 2 hours before the new year. How did mammals become simple primates and then become...

 

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