Characteristics of sea turtles (family Cheloniidae)
By: M E Skeel
The main characteristic of sea turtles is that they are survivors. They have been around for about 100 million years and survived the catastrophe that brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs and numerous other species. Today there are seven species of sea turtles: greens...
By: Radha Yudhavir
Except for students of botany, many readers may not know what the term ‘embryophytes’ connotes. Embryophytes is the botanical term for common plants that have leaves, undergo photosynthesis, have roots and are multi-cellular. They include all the common plants known to us like the...
By: Shekinah Quinnett-Cook
Our Sunny friends, the Sunflower Sunflowers, or as they are more scientifically named Helianthus annuus - annuus for annually grown, helia for sun, and anthus for flower - are one of the fastest growing plants alive today. They only require ninety to one hundred days...
Characteristics of blind snakes (family Typhlopidae)
By: M E Skeel
Blind snakes are small snakes with vestigial eyes that consist only of black spots beneath the scales on the head. They have fewer than 40 mid-body scale rows and the scales are smooth and shiny, so they look like worms. They are burrowers so they...
An overview of the world's snakes
By: M E Skeel
Snakes are a successful group of reptiles with over 3000 species found world-wide and on every continent but Antarctica. Only about 300 of these snakes are poisonous to humans. Even in Australia, one is much more likely to die in a road accident than from...
History of the Coca Leaf in Peru - Cultural Focus
By: Matt Bird
Peru is teeming with natural vegetation, and anyone traveling to the area is likely to come across a lot of plants - probably too many to remember. But pay close attention during your Peru adventure, as you may just come across one rather extraordinary little...
By: Michael Totten
Coral reefs and other marine corals are very sensitive to changes in ocean temperature and water content. This information is preserved in the corals even after they die. Recent examination of deep sea coralsby biogeochemists Moritz Lehmann and Carsten Schubert demonstrates that the influence of...
By: Matt Bird
In order to identify the types and causes of inclusion bodies in human cells, it's first important to know what an inclusion body is. In simple terms, for these formations are anything but simple, inclusion bodies are abnormal structures that appear in cells. They're typically...
How to identify wild dogwood
By: Heather Waelti
The genus Cornus compromise a group of over 30 species of the Dogwood. Most all species of the dogwood are deciduous trees and shrubs. Last counted in 2006, the total number of dogwood species was sitting at 58 and they are divided into four sub-genera...
By: Maria C Collins
Something strange is happening in the world’s oceans and seas. Extreme weather is happening in many parts of the world. Whilst some people believe that climate change is caused by human activity, others dispute this, saying that climate change is part of the world&rsquo...

 

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