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Cetaceans. The small and giant mammals of the oceans

We're all able to recognise a dolphin, an orca or one of the whale species. These animals are part of the order of cetaceans (Cetacea). But.... Did you know that there are 80 species of cetaceans, and that there are huge differences between them?

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Re-imagining the wild: the art of nature writing, past and present

What is nature writing? Nature writing in not a single genre. It’s a term that encompasses a great range of literary forms. Whether it’s a poem, an essay, a fictional story or a travel journal, nature writing is bound its theme, not by its style. For each of the great writers we’re about to look at, the natural world…

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The feathered ape: crows, ravens and human culture

What are Corvids? And what are ‘True Crows’? The Corvidae family is made up of more than 120 species of bird. In English, we commonly refer to them as the crow family, but it would be more accurate to call them Corvids. This family includes choughs, jays, nutcrackers and magpies, but none of these are what we call…

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Are there gay animals in nature? Homosexuality in the animal world

When it comes to homosexuality, for many people the recurring idea is that it's something unnatural. But what does unnatural really mean? The definition of the term is something that goes against natural or human laws, especially in relation to morality. Homosexuality is something that has always been exclusively…

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Insatiable invertebrates: 4 predatory insects and arachnids

Of the 1.5 million species that scientists have catalogued, around two thirds are insects. Insects come in all shapes and sizes and display diverse behaviours. But they all share a set of defining features. What do ants, flies and beetles have in common? They all have antennae, 6 legs and bodies that consist of 3…

3d render revealing the variations in size among dinosaur species. Dinosaurs are ( small to large) the Compsognathus, Ornitholestes, Dilophosaurus,Torosaurus, Giganotosaurus and the Camarasaurus. By Linda Bucklin | Shutterstock.com

How many false myths about dinosaurs do you know?

If we were to list the number of false claims out there about dinosaurs, it’d be never-ending. From the belief that they only inhabited warm habitats (they also lived in frozen areas), that they were all enormous (there were also very small dinosaurs), to the misconception that their size was influenced by a…

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Do other animals give birth to twins? Examples from the animal kingdom

Assuming you’re human, the likelihood of having twins is quite little. But, depending where you’re from, there’s a surprising amount of variation. In Central Africa, the twinning rate is almost 30 in every 1,000 births; in much of Asia and Latin America, the average is as low as eight per 1,000 births. There are, of…

8 questions to test your knowledge about dogs

8 questions to test your knowledge about dogs

In many parts of the world people grow up with the idea of having pets. A large number of them choose dogs as companions, typically opting to buy a puppy or pedigree breed. As a result of these decisions, combined with other problems, dogs have the status as "man's best friend" and, at the same time, are a species…

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The Amazon molly: the small fish making a big splash in science

The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small, inconspicuous freshwater fish. It belongs to a genus of around 40 fish species, which includes the well-known guppy. Amazon mollies are omnivores and spend their days feeding on small invertebrates, algae and plant matter in rivers and streams along the Gulf Coast of…

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Do vampires exist? From vampire myths to the truth about bloodsucking bats

According to popular folklore, a vampire is a creature that feeds on the life of another living being. In some Eastern and Native American cultures it represents a sort of demon. In Europe, the myth is of Slavic origin. Here the vampire is depicted as a human who comes back from the dead, drinking the blood of others…

Animal Poo. Adelie Penguin on an iceberg in the Antarctic Sound, Antarctica. By Robert mcgillivray | Shutterstock.com

The extraordinary world of animal poo: 5 stories of adaptation and survival

Yes, today we’re taking a closer look at animal poo, along with some extraordinary adaptations. If you’re just about to sit down for lunch, you might want to bookmark this one for later. But if you think you can stomach it, read on for some nuggets of information from around the animal world! Why do sloths defecate on…

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How do animals see? The most impressive eyes in the animal world

How exactly do animals see? Did you know that cuttlefish can see polarised light?...or that dragonflies have 360 degree vision?...or that some fish have mirrors in their eyes?! In order to understand how different species see the world, it is important to understand how the eye works. Images, in the form of light, are…