Overview: Mammalian order Scandentia - tree shrews
By: M E Skeel
The Scandentia are a small order of mammals once grouped with the Insectivora. Their common name is tree-shrew but they are not really shrews and many of them do not live in trees. The scandentid tree-shrews were found to be so different enough from true...
By: M E Skeel
Elephant shrews were once considered to be part of the mammalian order Insectivora but were separated into their own order, the Macroscelidea, because they have several important anatomical differences from normal insectivores that indicate they are not closely related at all. Elephant shrews get...
Overview: Mammalian order Dermoptera - flying lemurs and colugos
By: M E Skeel
Dermoptera means 'skin-wing' and this order of mammals have modified their bodies towards flight, although it isn't true flight but rather gliding. They have done this independently from the bats who are the only mammals to have attained true flight, and independently from the flying...
Overview: Mammalian order Xenarthra - anteaters, sloths, armadillos
By: M E Skeel
The continents of North and South America have been isolated for hundreds of millions of years at a time and this has allowed the evolution of some very strange and unique plants and animals. Among the strangest are the animals grouped in the Mammalia Order...
What are protura?
By: M E Skeel
The protura are primitive insects. They are so small that most people have never seen them and the only common name for the group is conehead because of the shape of their heads. They weren't even recognised and described by science until 1907. They have...
What are thysanura?
By: madana dookieram
Well Thysanura are basically a type of insect that have been around since the primitive existence of man. They are four kinds of Thysanura, the Lepidotrichidae which come in two species the Lepidothrix Pilifera from the Baltic Amber region of the world and the...
The diet of a giant panda
By: Annalyn Andriyenko
The giant panda, a bear with the meaning of "cat foot, black and white". They are very easy to spot out because of their distinct colors of white, with black patches along their bodies. They are definitely not to be confused with the red panda...
What are diplura?
By: M E Skeel
Diplura are primitive, wingless insects called bristletails. Like all insects, they have six legs (hexapods) and three body parts: head, thorax and abdomen. The head is eyeless but has simple antennae. In some species the antennae can be withdrawn and then telescoped out. The six...
What are thysanura?
By: M E Skeel
The insect order Thysanura are commonly known as silverfish and firebrats. The name actually means bristletail (thysan is bristle, ura is tail). They are small, pale insects with the requisite six legs and three body parts. Because they lack wings at any time during their...
The social structure of meerkats
By: Linda Joyce
Anyone who has seen a meerkat knows how adorable and cuddly they look. However, they probably don't know much about the social structure of a group, or "mob,"as it is known. Mobs can contain 30 or more meerkats. Meerkats live in a matriarchal society...

 

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