Elephants Unloosening The Chains.

Unloosening The Chains Of Elephants

Unloosening The Chains Of Elephants. Elephants have large complex brains, exhibit complex social behaviour, show a facility with tools, and are generally thought to be highly intelligent. Cognitive studies have demonstrated that elephants are capable of visual symbol discrimination and long term memory, means-end recognition, relative quantity judgment, mirror self-recognition,[…]

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Mole

Mole

Mole. Moles are small, burrowing mammals. Their eyes are poorly developed, but what they lack in sight, they make up for in their sense of touch. All of them have very sensitive snouts and long, clawed digits which they use to dig tunnels. The 22 tentacle-like protrusions on the snout[…]

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees. Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. In the 1980s Shell and in the 1990s Bayer started work on their development. The neonicotinoid family includes acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world. Compared to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides, neonicotinoids cause less toxicity in birds and mammals than insects. Some breakdown[…]

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Sloth

Sloth

Sloth. Sloths are mammals classified in the families Megalonychidae (two-toed sloths) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloths). There are six extant species of sloths. They are named after the capital sin of sloth because they seem slow and lazy at first glance; however, their usual idleness is due to metabolic adaptations for conserving energy. Aside from their surprising bursts of speed during emergency flights from predators,[…]

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Mysterious Shark Killer Partially Identified

Mysterious Shark Killer Partially Identified

Mysterious Shark Killer Partially Identified. The mysterious shark killer, carnobacterium is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria within the family Carnobacteriaceae has been identified. C. divergens and C. maltaromaticum are found in the wild and in food products and can grow anaerobically. These species are not known to be pathogenic in humans, but may cause disease in fish. Works[…]

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Platypus

Platypus

Platypus. The platypus is among nature’s most unlikely animals. In fact, the first scientists to examine a specimen believed they were the victims of a hoax. The animal is best described as a hodgepodge of more familiar species: the duck (bill and webbed feet), beaver (tail), and otter (body and[…]

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Ili Pika

Ili Pika

Ili Pika. The Ili pika is a species of mammal in the family Ochotonidae. After it was observed in 1983 by Li Weidong, it was not documented again until May 2014. Its population is declining due to largely unknown causes, and it is currently considered to be endangered. It somewhat resembles a short-eared rabbit, with[…]

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The Extraordinary Minds Of Octopuses And Other Cephalopods

The Extraordinary Minds Of Octopuses And Other Cephalopods

The Extraordinary Minds Of Octopuses And Other Cephalopods. The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species are recognised, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species. All are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopuses, is known to be deadly to humans. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviourally[…]

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Wombat

Wombat

Wombat This large, pudgy herbivore mammal is a marsupial, or pouched animal, found in Australia and on scattered islands nearby. Like other marsupials, wombats give birth to tiny, undeveloped young that crawl into pouches on their mothers’ bellies. A vombatus ursinus baby remains in its mother’s pouch for about five[…]

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Tamarin

Tamarin

Tamarin. Tamarins are squirrel-sized New World monkeys from the family Callitrichidae in the genus Saguinus. Different species vary considerably in appearance, ranging from nearly all black through mixtures of black, brown and white. Mustache-like facial hairs are typical for many species. Their body size ranges from 13 to 30 cm (plus a 25 to 44 cm long tail) and they weigh from[…]

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly. A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera. Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in). Today, there are about 3000 species of Anisoptera in the world. Adults are characterised by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs[…]

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Tortoise

Tortoise. These creatures are a family of Testudinidae; land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines. They are shielded from predators by a shell – the top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The carapace is fused to both the vertebrae and[…]

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Tarsier

Tarsier

Tarsier. Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Fossils of tarsiiform primates are found in Asia, Europe, and North America, with disputed fossils from Africa, but surviving tarsiers are[…]

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard. These rare, beautiful gray leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). They use[…]

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Pangolin

Pangolin

Pangolin. Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan[…]

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Parrot

Parrot

Parrot. Parrots are birds of roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea (“true” parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots). Parrots have a genrally pan-tropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere; in South America and Australasia. Characteristic features of parrots[…]

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The Big Cats

The Big Cats

The Big Cats. All seven species of the big cats (namely, the cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard,  and the tiger) are on the endangered and threatened list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. This beautifully short compilation, both in photographs and useful information[…]

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Goldfish

Goldfish

Goldfish. Carassius auratus is a freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes. It was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated, and is one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish. It was first domesticated in China more than a thousand years ago, and several distinct breeds have since been developed, varying greatly in size, body shape, fin configuration and[…]

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Guppy

Guppy

Guppy. The guppy (Poecilia reticulata) is one of the world’s most widely distributed tropical fish, and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species. Guppies were first described in Venezuela as Poecilia reticulata by Wilhelm Peters in 1859. It was named Girardinus guppii by Albert Günther in honor of[…]

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