Manta Ray

Ricochet Feeding for Rays

Ricochet feeding for rays described in ScienceDaily 26 September 2018 and Science Advances 26 September 2018 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9533. Manta rays are kite shaped fish that feed by filtering plankton from water flowing into their mouths as they swim.  The water, minus the plankton, then passes out through their gills.  This is an intriguing system for […]

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Northern Quolls

Speeding Up Aussie Evolution

Speeding up Aussie evolution, according articles in Nature News 23 July 2018 and Conservation Biology, published online 13 June 2018, doi: 10.1111/cobi.13149. Ecologists are hoping the save the northern quoll from extinction by trying to “speed up evolution”.  The northern quoll is a small carnivorous marsupial, about the size of a squirrel, that lives in […]

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Flatbread

Daily Bread Before Farming

Daily bread before farming, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 16 July 2018 and BBC News 17 July 2018, and PNAS 16 July 2018 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1801071115. A team of researchers from UK and Denmark have found charred remains in the fireplaces of an archaeological site known as Shubayqa 1, located in the […]

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Sauropod Vegetation

Dinosaur Food Experiment

Dinosaur food experiment described in ScienceDaily and Palaeontology, doi: 10.1111/pala.12385. Dinosaur experts have long been intrigued by how giant sauropods were able to get enough food to provide energy and maintain their large bodies. One theory is that the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air were higher in Mesozoic eras and plants therefore […]

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African Moon Moth

Moth Tails Baffle Bats

Moth tails baffle bats, claim scientists in reports in Science (AAAS) News, Science Daily 4 July 2018 and Science Advances 4 July 2018 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7428. Moth wings vary a lot in their shape. Some moths have rounded wings and others have elongated tails on their back wings.  As moths are preyed on by bats a […]

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Mosquito

Thirsty Mosquitoes Seek Blood

Thirsty mosquitoes seek blood, according to reports in ScienceDaily 1 May 2018 and Scientific Reports 1 May 2018, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24893-z. Scientists at University of Cincinatti were studying the effect of dry conditions on mosquitoes when some of the mosquitoes escaped from a laboratory container.  They noticed the dehydrated mosquitoes were very aggressive and tried to bite. […]

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Bonnethead Shark

Grass Eating Shark

Grass eating shark found, according to Science (AAAS) News 7 January 2018 and Sci-News 9 January 2018. The bonnethead shark is a small coastal dwelling shark that forages for food amongst the seagrass meadows along the coasts of southern USA and the Gulf of Mexico. In 2007 environmental scientists examined the stomach contents of bonnethead […]

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Sugar Glider

Jurassic Glider

Jurassic glider found, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 9 August 2017. Scientists in China have found two fossils of gliding mammals, similar to living flying squirrels and gliding possums. Both fossils are exquisitely preserved showing the folds of skin between the body and limbs that could be extended for gliding flight. […]

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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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