Posts Tagged 'zoology'

Elephants Are More Than Simple Animals

According to Ranker.com –

Elephants are one of earth’s most remarkable and complex animals, but not everyone stops to consider the ways elephants are very human. They are highly intelligent creatures that exist in highly developed familial societies. Elephant social structures are full of rich relationships and interactions, which could lead some people to ask themselves, “are elephants more complex than humans?”

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Raising Red Pandas [video]

Real Monstrosities – A Blog Dedicated To Ugly Animals

titicaca-water-frog-sMaybe these animals aren’t ugly, they’re just unusual. Real Monstrosities features those “less cute” members of the animal kingdom.

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How Birds Really See the World [video]

Half Plant, Half Animal – Meet The Eastern Emerald Elysia

Elysia-chlorotica-sAccording to wikipedia –

Elysia chlorotica, common name the eastern emerald elysia, is a small-to-medium-sized species of green sea slug, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusc. This sea slug superficially resembles a nudibranch, yet it does not belong to that clade of gastropods. Instead it is a member of the clade Sacoglossa, the sap-sucking sea slugs. Some members of this group use chloroplasts from the algae they eat; a phenomenon known as kleptoplasty. Elysia chlorotica is one of the “solar-powered sea slugs”, utilizing solar energy via chloroplasts from its algal food.

The incorporation of chloroplasts within the cells of Elysia chlorotica allows the slug to capture energy directly from light, as most plants do, through the process known as photosynthesis.

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Pacific Leaping Blenny – The Fish That Doesn’t Swim

PacificLeapingBlennyAccording to Sci-News –

The Pacific leaping blenny is a 4 to 8-cm-long tropical fish found in reefs in Samoa and the Marianas, Society, and Cook Islands, in the western and southern Pacific Ocean. It remains on land all its adult life but has to stay moist to be able to breathe through its gills and skin.

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Scientists Discover Oldest Living Animal (and kill it)

MingClam260x320CBS News reports –

A group of researchers working in Iceland in 2006 discovered a really old clam. They wanted to figure out just how old it could be, so they decided to open it up and count the growth rings along the clam’s hinge ligament. They got their answer — and it was shocking. They said the clam was 405 years old. They’d found the oldest living animal in the world (excluding primitive metozoans). Only, it wasn’t living anymore, because opening it up had killed the clam. And little did they know, their measurement was wrong. Ming the clam was an entire century older than they first calculated. They recently measured again. And now they say it was actually 507 years old.

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