Hippopotamus

Giant Hippos Lived in Warm Britain

Giant hippos lived in warm Britain, according to reports in ScienceDaily and University of Leicester News 4 October 2021 and Journal of Quaternary Science, 4 October 2021 doi: 10.1002/jqs.3375. Palaeontologists from University of Leicester and Royal Holloway, University of London, have found the tooth of an extinct hippopotamus named Hippopotamus antiquus in Westbury Cave in […]

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Cattle

Potty Training Cows Will Aid Climate Control

Potty training cows will aid climate control.  Just when you thought the man-made global warming proponents’ suggestions for controlling climate couldn’t get any sillier, this article was published in a serious scientific journal: “Learned control of urinary reflexes in cattle to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions”. Current Biology, 13 September 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.07.011. The introduction […]

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Panda Eating

Panda Jaw Evolved for Bamboo

Panda jaw evolved for bamboo, according reports in ScienceDaily and University of Turku (UTU) Press Release 9 July 2021 and Scientific Reports, 9 July 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-93808-2. When pandas eat bamboo stems they first use their premolar teeth to peel off the outer layer which contains harmful chemicals and abrasive crystals. Then they grind up […]

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Bats Flying

Bats Born Knowing Speed of Sound

Bats born knowing speed of sound, according to reports in ScienceDaily 5 May 2021 and ScienceAlert 6 May 2021, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 5 May 2021 doi: 10.1073/pnas.2024352118.  Echolocating bats work out how far away an object or landing place is by using the time taken for sounds to bounce off […]

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Glowing Gecko

Aussie Animals Glow in the Dark

Aussie animals glow in the dark, according to reports in ABC News 26 November 2020 and 8 December 2020, and Mammalia 15 October 2020, doi: 10.1515/mammalia-2020-0027. Scientists at Northland College, USA, were investigating biofluorescence – a phenomenon seen when fur, feathers or skin absorb ultra-violet (UV) light and re-emit visible light. If UV light is […]

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Polar Bear

Polar Bears Benefit from Arctic Warming

Polar bears benefit from arctic warming, according reports in ScienceDaily 23 September 2020 and Global Change Biology, 23 September 2020, doi: 10.1111/gcb.15286. An international team of scientists have studied a population of polar bears living in Kane Basin a region in the high Arctic between Ellesmere Island, Canada and Greenland. They compared the bears’ overall […]

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Opossum

Possum Pollination

Possum pollination found, as described in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 12 February 2020, In Defense of Plants 16 February 2020, and Ecology, 11 February 2020; doi: 10.1002/ecy.3001.  Scientists in South America have studied an obscure plant named Scybalium fungiforme, that lives most of its life underground as root parasite, but does produce flowers that […]

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Koals in Tree

Koalas Climb Like Apes

Koalas climb like apes, according to Inside JEB 17 December 2019 and Journal of Experimental Biology 17 December 2019 doi: 10.1242/jeb.207506.  The typical picture of a koala is one of a semi-comatose animal sitting passively in the fork of a tree.  This is understandable as koalas sleep for up to 18 hours a day.  However, […]

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Mole

Unique Mole Walking Is All Thumbs

Unique mole walking is all thumbs, according to articles in Science (AAAS) News 29 October 2019 and Biology Letters 30 October 2019, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2019.0503. Most four-legged land mammals walk with their limbs under their body, swinging their front legs back and forth below their shoulder joint.  A group of scientists have analysed high speed videos […]

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Bats Flying

Baby Bats Prepared For Landing

Baby bats prepared for landing according to articles in Inside JEB 16 October 2019 and Journal of Experimental Biology 15 October 2019 doi:10.1242/jeb.209163. Echolocating bats use their sonar to help them land, as well as to navigate when our foraging for food. When bats are coming in to land they emit a rapid burst of […]

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