Sabre Tooth Vegetarian

Sabre tooth vegetarian found, as reported in ScienceShots and National Geographic News 24 March 2011, and Science vol. 331 p1603 25 Mar 2011. Scientists in Brazil have found the fossil of a creature that has elongated sharp canines like a sabre-toothed tiger, but has grinding teeth like a plant eater. According to palaeontologist Juan Carlos […]

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Sabre Tooth Tiger Used Strong Arm Tactics

Sabre tooth tiger used strong arm tactics, according to articles in ScienceShots 2 July 2010, and Fossil Science, 6 July 2010. Researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina have studied x-rays of the limb bones of the extinct giant cat commonly known as the “sabre tooth tiger” and scientifically named Smilodon […]

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Running with Vampires

Running with vampires, described in news@nature 16 March 2005. Bats are good at flying, but with their large wings and small legs, most bats can only manage an awkward crawl if they are on the ground. However, a recent study of vampire bats shows they are good runners, with a unique style not seen in […]

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Robust Skulls for Crab Crunching

Robust skulls for crab crunching, according to a report in New Scientist, 29 October 2005, p15. Robust Australopithecines are a group of extinct “hominids” that have large jaws, robust teeth with thick enamelled and large crests on their skulls that indicate they had powerful chewing muscles. Their scientific name is Paranthropus. It was believed these […]

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Rising Sea Level Surprise

Rising sea level surprise, according to a report in ABC (Australia) News in Science 3 June 2010 and Global and Planetary Change online 21 May 2010. Arthur P. Webb of Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission, Fiji and Paul Kench of School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand have studied aerial photos of 27 […]

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Rabbit Toothed Dinosaur Ate Plants

Rabbit toothed dinosaur ate plants, according to a report in Nature Science Update and Nature, vol 419, p291, 19 September 2002. Chinese palaeontologists have found a small theropod dinosaur so strange the palaeontology editor of Nature suggests it should be called Looneytoonesaurus because it must have looked like a cross between Bugs Bunny and the […]

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Poisonous Spiders Prefer Dead Food

Poisonous spiders prefer dead food, as described in Nature, vol 426, p30, 6 November 2003. Jamel Sandidge of the University of Kansas has studied the feeding habits of Brown Recluse spiders, and was surprised to find that they preferred to scavenge on dead critters in spite of having a deadly venom that quickly paralyses prey. […]

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Life and Death Questions

Life and death questions are in this year as we received a number asking about what animals ate in the original created world described in Genesis, where there was no death. Question “Birds such as woodpeckers, seem very well designed to eat grubs and insects, so what would they have eaten in the Edenic world?” […]

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Lactose Tolerance Evolved Three Times

Lactose tolerance evolved three times, according to articles in ScienceNOW 11 December 2006 and Science, vol. 314, p1672, 15 December 2006. Lactose tolerance is the ability to digest milk in adult life, and depends on the activity of an enzyme named lactase that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk. In most of the world’s […]

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Lactose Intolerance is Normal

Lactose intolerance is normal, not a disease, according to a report in New Scientist, 19 January 2002. Lactose intolerance is not an allergy. It is the lack of lactase, an enzyme that digests the sugar lactose contained in milk. Bacteria in the intestines then eat undigested lactose and produce gas and other substances that upset […]

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