The intelligence of octopuses
By: Rena Sherwood
The more we learn about octopi (that's the plural for octopus), the more intelligent we discover they are. Intelligence seems to be inherent in all 300 or so species of octopus and not just limited to a few varieties. Octopi can problem solve, can be...
Explaining apoptosis
By: Debbie Luyo
Apoptosis is a suicide/evacuation plan that allows living cells to die with dignity, for the good of the organism. Sometimes cells must be broken down and absorbed by the system, without harm to healthy tissue. Apoptosis helps to maintain homeostasis within a biological system. It...
A look at animal social groups
By: Anelisa
"Man and wolf are the two most social of all terrestrial mammals. In wolves, family ties are valued above all." So says author, W. Wood. Wolves were greatly respected by Native American hunters as were eagles and bears. They wanted to capture the strength...
Human Evolution
By: Jose Nuno Gomes
Are we evolving or devolving?Both answers are partially correct.We are evolving in general science and culture, but still devolving in a social way. I say this because when the world was filling with monarchy it was normal that a king and the royal...
The Reproduction of Tigers
By: Anelisa
Tigers mate any time during the year so says the Wildlife Fact-File. The female leaves urine deposits and scratch marks on trees to show that she is ready to mate. The tiger's range is vast in Siberia so it is quite a challenge for the...
Polar bears and their migratory motivators
By: Anelisa
"The huge polar bear is one of the largest land carnivores in the world. Its coat, which varies in color from pure white to shades of yellow, blends in well with its snow-covered environment." (Wildlife Fact-File) We humans are so very drawn to the...
How sonar affects whales
By: Anelisa
During the many trips on ship back and forth to Europe from New York during the 60's or 70's many of us would look far out in the ocean during the day and night to see if we could have seen or heard a whale...
Kin recognition in various animal species
By: Anelisa
The beach was covered with the heads of jellyfish. Its tentacles were removed and the vast beach looked like the planet Mars with little spaceships which had landed and were to stay. We immediately told our son and daughter to not touch any of them...
The evolution of sharks
By: Anelisa
"The tiger shark is a deadly predator. It is a solitary hunter that will eat anything it can get down its throat-including other sharks," (Wildlife Fact-File" Our family lives a few minutes drive from Lake Erie in north-eastern Ohio. We are seeing more and...
Biological success: Examples from the animal kingdom
By: Anelisa
"The sea horse is a member of the pipefish family. Swimming upright-and looking a little like a chesspiece-it is a graceful inhabitant of the warmer seas." Wildlife Fact-File When our kids saw a seahorse while swimming in the Atlantic, they were so very excited...

 

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