Posts treating: "animals"
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Leave it to echinoderms to take even the best known of animals, like a sand dollar, and make it even STRANGER than you could have thought!!
But first things first. Sand dollars are highly modified SEA URCHINS that live on sandy bottoms, mostly in shallow tropical to temperate water places. Please make a note of it. (or go read this post here!)
Most sand dollars are either kind
Bigfoot is an all-American monster. The mythical ape – a bastardized version of the Yeti – has supposedly
Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-06-20 21:25:03]
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(18 visits) Cambrian; US
These animals experienced days less than 23 hours long, and years with close to 400
When Charles Darwin was composing On the Origin of Species, he had to face an extremely frustrating problem.
I tend to be very generous when it comes to labeling diets. Animals are not perfect boxes to never spill out of their strict defintions, nor are their diets, produced as they are from a variety of different sources. You’ll … Continue reading
Inside every 29 year and 11 month year-old man is a 5 year old who only watches monster movies so he can produce little doodles of them afterwards.After much hype, Godzilla (2014) has finally stomped into cinemas around the world. It seems to have been a divisive monster movie, with some taking its slow pacing and focus on human characters as a breath of fresh air in a stale genre, and others wishing it had the wham-bam-thank-you-mam approach of Pacific Rim. Personally, I'm in the former [...]
Extinction can make animals seem stranger than they really are. Consider woolly mammoths. The last of these Ice
In the late 18th century earth-sciences experienced a revolution. The principles of modern rock classification were introduced and sediments subdivided by the content of embedded fossils. Animals of the past apparently differed from modern ones in their abundance, diversity, shape and some organisms were completely unknown to contemporary scholars. This observations had at first an
Many times hadrosaurs are portrayed as swimming by paddling with their feet and swishing their tail side to side like a crocodile. Some people believe they were excellent swimmers, but they were most likely terrible swimmers. There are three reasons why they could not swim well.
1. Hadrosaurs could not paddle with their feet. Today animals
In my last post, I introduced Banguela oberlii, a new, toothless dsungaripterid pterosaur. But a pterosaur, for us, doesn’t end at a story of what the animal is, or was. It continues through how it became, and why. Animals have … Continue reading
It's time for part 2 of our 'Palaeoart Case Studies' series, this time featuring two subjects: the tiny Cretaceous crocodyliform Koumpiodontosuchus and the probable Lower Cretaceous troodontid Yaverlandia bitholus. Unlike our last subject in this series, giant pterosaurs, neither of these animals is huge. Koumpiodontosuchus is particularly diminutive with an estimated adult length of 600 mm long. Presenting the scale of an animal accurate is important for good palaeoart, as it's [...]
"Bison and many other animals are leaving Yellowstone in droves, and its (sic)prompting theories that minor earthquakes in the area could soon set off the Yellowstone Super Volcano." Source: click here
How many things can be wrong in one sentence? I count at least three or four. To begin with, the viral video that has the rumor mill going crazy apparently is showing a herd of bison
The meteoric impact that wiped out the non-bird-line dinosaurs is an iconic image of life and death on Earth. It signifies a point in time when life changed forever. It took from us animals that we will never see again. But was it just a single strike that created these winds of permanent change? The
It’s time for Mammals March Madness, the tournament in which animals battle for supremacy based on their physiology and behavior, with a little bit of luck thrown in just as you would want in any competition. Note: This is a … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to you from Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, bestselling author of nine books on the emotional lives of animals. It is pretty common to hear the expression “crocodile tears” in reference to somebody who does not feel … Continue reading
My next blog post series will be just like its predecessor, except these fights will be between animals in the Cenozoic Era. And, to keep it on topic (dinosaurs) the fights will involve birds, which are a type of dinosaur. I might also include crocodilians in my posts, to satisfy one of our guests (I’ve
GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-02-24 13:00:07]
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Out in the field you encounter all sorts of wildlife and while mosquitos are the most frequent (and most unwelcome), they generally don’t interfere with your equipment or your data. The same can’t be said for all animals though, and many scientists have to strap their equipment out of reach, barricade it with barbed fences
Those of its inhabitants who had succeeded in surviving would find themselves at last face to face with the relentlessness of a scarcity of water constantly growing greater, till at last they would all die of thirst, either directly or indirectly; for either they themselves would not have water enough to drink, or the plants or animals which constituted their diet would perish for lack of
Form, function, and evolution of living organisms. 2014. J. R. Banavar, et al. PNAS
New research suggests that the shapes of both plants and animals evolved in response to the same mathematical and physical principles.
Kleiber’s Law (metabolism = mass3/4), one of the few widely held tenets in biology, shows that as living things get larger, their metabolisms and their life
A National Geographic article explores the diversity and incredible preservation of China’s Jehol fossils. The animals are thought to have been killed, transported, buried and preserved by ash produced by pyroclastic flows. Some researchers described it as a “Pompeii for