Snakes — King Cobra, Banded Sea Krait, Reticulated Python, Spider-Tailed Viper, Wonambi Serpent, Diamondback Rattlesnake, Titanoboa, Etc

January 30, 2015 in Animals & Insects

Snakes are awesome. This article is going to go over some of the most interesting details of some of the most interesting snake species out there. Enjoy.
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Spiders — Assassin Spider, Camel Spider, Diving Bell Spider, Portia, Bagheera Kiplingi, Tiger Spider, Mirror Spider, Peacock Spider, Trapdoor Spiders, Etc

January 30, 2015 in Animals & Insects

Spiders are one of the most successful, diverse, and sometimes profoundly weird, groups of animals of the world. They range the gamut from: carnivores to herbivores, the highly intelligent to the nearly vegetable-like, active hunters to ambush hunters, tree-dwellers to burrow-dwellers to underwater-dwellers, the highly compact/sturdy to the long/fragile, pitch-black to translucent-white, the camouflaged to the brightly colored, the bird-killing to the fly-catching, the tropical to the temperate, etc.

They are found on all continents except Antarctica, rank 7th in total species diversity amongst all other orders of organisms on Earth, and are found in nearly every type of habitat on the planet — other than in the oceans, and in the air. And they have been around for at least 318 million years. Some of the longer-lived species can live for at least as long as 25 years.
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160-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows That Choristodere Reptiles Provided Post-Natal Care For Young

January 26, 2015 in Animals & Insects, Fossils

A recent 160-million-year-old fossil found by a farmer in China represents what is — now — the oldest-record of post-natal parental care in the world, according to new research from

The fossil — which shows an adult Philydrosauras (a type of choristodere) accompanied by six juveniles — dates to the Middle Jurassic, and notably extends back-in-time the date of the earliest known post-natal parental care amongst animals.

Philydrosauras choristodere reptile
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Jellyfish Species — Box Jellyfish, Deepstaria Enigmatica, Praya Dubia, Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Marrus Orthocanna, Man O’ War, Tima Formosa, Crossota, & Unidentified

January 20, 2015 in Animals & Insects

Jellyfish are some of the most strange, interesting — and occasionally beautiful — animals currently living in the world. And they’ve been here for quite a long time — some species are, in many ways, unchanged from the way that there hundreds of millions of years ago.

Owing to these facts, and — more importantly — their striking appearances I’ve created the list below compiling some of the most interesting species of jellyfish. Enjoy.

Jellyfish bloom ocean

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Mass Die-Offs Amongst Birds, Fishes, & Other Marine Animals, Are Increasing In Frequency, Research Finds

January 19, 2015 in Animals & Insects

Mass mortality events (mass die-offs) are increasing in frequency of occurrence — with regard to fishes, birds, and many other marine animals — according to new research from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; the University of San Diego; and Yale University.

The findings are the result of a comprehensive analysis of 727 mass die-offs — of around 2,500 different animal species — that occurred over the past 70-years. According to the findings of this analysis — die-offs amongst bird, fish, and marine invertebrate species, have been increasing in frequency notably over these last 7-decades.

Fish kill mass die-off
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