By: Martha Leonard
The scene took my breath away. For three years photographers from the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" had stalked the elusive, reclusive, endangered snow leopard to film it in its natural habitat in the high mountains of Central Asia. At last their persistence paid off...
By: Ian
There are two reasons for camouflage. The first is to avoid being seen by a predator that would eat you. The second is to avoid being seen by an animal you want to eat.The animal that avoids detection by predators is likely to live...
By: A.R. Marth
Yes, cattle do ruminate.The first three sections of the cow's digestive tract are considered by some to be stomach compartments, and by others to be enlarged areas of the cow's esophagus. Cattle have four compartments like this at the beginning of their digestive tract...
By: Steve Holder
When we think about insects, many words come to mind annoying, icky, beautiful, ouch! From houseflies, termites, and fleas, to roaches, dung beetles and maggots, to butterflies and dragonflies, to bees and wasps, what we should really be thinking is "abundant."Scientists have discovered about...
By: Seth Cohen
For all intents and purposes, extinction is irreversible. When it a species is said to have gone or been rendered extinct, it is meant that there are no more members of that species alive. If there are no more alive, then by definition there are...
By: Sue Bluze
Ever wondered where the phrase "as dead as a Dodo" comes from?Here is a salutary lesson in man's callousness in driving a species to extinction, due to its extinction occurring during recorded human history, and being directly attributable to human activity.First sighted in...
By: Noha Samy
Most tigers live in forests or grasslands, for which their camouflage is ideally suited, and where it is easy to hunt prey that are faster or more agile. Among the big cats, only the tiger and jaguar are strong swimmers; tigers are often found bathing...
By: Mat Johnson
My brother and I constantly hear from others that we are "obviously related." We do have similar features, yes, and sometimes we act alike, but is there really a way to be "obviously related?" With the exception of identical twins, humans tend...
By: Kevin Fitzgerald - 174683
Recently, I was reading and interviewing and looking through microscopes to find out about acarology, the scientific study of ticks and mites. As part of my study, I was peering down at a tiny, elongated creature at the nether end of a binocular microscope. It...
By: Pat Fox Ph.D.
In order to appreciate how animals have been named, it is first important to understand that there is a classification system by which all living organisms are categorized.Carolus Linnaeus first devised the system during the 1700's that is still in use today. Linnaeus understood...

 

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