Homo sapiens vs. gorillas
By: Ginny McLeod
It has long since been known that gorillas and homo sapiens are primates but a recent genome study suggests that humans and gorillas may be even closer than once thought. It is now thought that the human-gorilla chimp lineage split off about 10 million years...
Study: Electronics interfere with bird migration
By: A.W. Berry
Birds possess an ability that scientists call magneto reception. This is the perception of magnetic fields and is used by avian species to determine direction. When the time comes for many birds to migrate, this capacity becomes more important because their lifecycle depends heavily on...
The planet's most unexpectedly deadly creatures
Some animals, although they possess the cutest fur or the most beautiful colour, tend to be the most lethal killers. Often these beauties, should not be taken for granted, because their external beauty is screening a deadly force. Some of them, are armed with magnificent...
Study finds monkeys can compute math problems
By: A.W. Berry
Monkeys understand what numbers are and make use of their numerical knowledge in their decision making processes. They are also willing to both learn and use mathematical symbols when rewarded with incentives. These notions have been reinforced by a study demonstrating a higher mathematical capacity...
Exploring the sense of smell of the American black bear
By: Rex Trulove
The American black bear, Ursus americanus, is an interesting creature. The smallest of the three bear species found in North America, a fully grown adult can be in excess of 300 pounds. They are among the largest and most successful predators on the continent and...
Overview of the ungulate order
By: Rex Trulove
If you ask a person what elephants, pigs, elk, deer, hippos, giraffes, tapirs, horses, zebras, manatees, goats, sheep, antelope and camels all have in common, there is a pretty good chance that the person would only be able to say that they are all animals...
New rodent-like marsupial discovered in Australia
By: Amanda M. Gross
The discovery of a new animal species is an exciting event in the scientific community, although it does not often catch the public's attention like the three marsupial species recently found in Queensland, Australia. These species have gained this attention, not because they are more...
How animals recognize each other
By: Effie Moore Salem
Animals have built-in mechanisms by which they recognize their own. Memory plays a big role in this. Their DNA is a blueprint by which every instinct in every habit is mapped. There is scarce information on the Internet about how animals recognize their own; therefore...
Why deer shed their antlers
By: L. Woodrow Ross
In late winter or early spring, white-tailed buck deer (Odocoileus virginianus), develop two hard, bony antlers that are elongated and branched. They are on the forehead, between the ears and are used for defense and in battle with other bucks to secure mates. Bucks with...
By: Tom Sherman
Before Thomas Edison unwittingly destroyed the boundaries of nature and disrupted the essential mechanics of evolution, light was a function of nature usually reserved to the depths of space; distant orbs littered across the cosmos sustain life during the day and save the night from...
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