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Insatiable invertebrates: 4 predatory insects and arachnids

What’s the difference between insects and arachnids? Class insecta 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...
Tyrannosaurus Rex and its young feeding on an Alamosaurus carcass in Hell Creek 66 million years ago. By Herschel Hoffmeyer | 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...
Twins sisters with Appaloosa horse and Dalmatian dogs in rainy autumn park. By Julia Shepeleva | Shutterstock.com

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...
The Amazon molly does not produce any male offspring. The females reproduce asexually through gynogenesis. Nevertheless they need sperm to trigger the cloning process. By Manfred Schartl

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

What is the Amazon molly and how did it get its name? The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small, inconspicuous freshwater fish. It belongs to a genus of around 40 fish species, which includes...
Common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus. By Natalia Kuzmina | Shutterstock.com

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

When we hear the word vampire, we automatically think of a human-like creaturewith long fangs that feeds on people’s blood. Vampire myths have been around for ages and they continue to be a part...
A group of wild rabbits sitting outside their warren in New Zealand. By William Booth | 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...
A young tokay gecko is resting on driftwood. By Cathy Keifer | Shutterstock.com

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

The eye 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 received through the pupil, using the dilation...
Portrait of a baby chimpanzee. Republic of the Congo. Reserve Conkouati-Douli. By Gudkov Andrey | Shutterstock.com

One of the Great Apes: chimpanzee life in numbers

The Great Apes and us We’re all guilty of anthropomorphism. It’s something Yago tapped into when he first came up with the idea for Zoo Portraits. But – more than with any other animal –...
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Vital viewing: 6 must-watch wildlife and nature documentaries

Tired of the prequels, sequels, reboots and remakes currently dominating the big screen? If you’ve just about had enough of lycra suits and fictional universes, it might be time for a documentary binge! Below you...
Spirit bear (Kermode). By Anette Holmberg | Shutterstock.com

Have you ever heard of the Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear?

The Kemode bear: Spirit of the forest Deep within the Great Bear Rainforest, in Canada, all is not as it seems. The unique ecosystem produces strange natural scenes. On this coastal land, dampened by dense...
Reindeer migration to breeding grounds. By mellow | Shutterstock.com

Festive animal facts: Camel vs. Reindeer

Christmas and nature The Christmas holidays are rich in tradition. Some (like decorating a tree) date back hundreds of years; others (like wearing tasteless woolen jumpers) are much more recent! Although customs differ from country...
Chimp covering his ears. By Sharon Morris | Shutterstock.com

Animal intelligence: the smartest animal species in the world

What is animal intelligence? Intelligence is one of the defining features of being human and it comes in various forms. For example, there’s verbal-linguistic intelligence (communicative ability), spatial intelligence (the ability to observe the world...
Pigs and piglets grazing in a field pasturage under blue sky. Natural organic agriculture. Farming. Por Slavko Sereda | Shutterstock.com

The five freedoms: animal welfare around the world

Animal sentience In 1859 Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in a storm of controversy. For the first time, he had demonstrated that humans were evolutionary descendants of non-human animals. We would...
Beijing, China - September 24, 2014: A vendor sells food at the Donghuamen night market in Beijing, China. Pic by Alexandru Nika | Shutterstock.com

Six-legged superfoods: could insects be the answer to food security?

“2,086 species of insect are eaten by 3,071 different ethnic groups in about 130 countries.” Bugged, by David MacNeal Insects form a big part of everyday diets for around two billion people around the world. Yet,...
Nicobar pigeon. Pic by dune00z | Shutterstock.com

Pigeon powers: 3 reasons to start appreciating the ‘rats of the sky’

Pigeon profiles Pigeons are divisive creatures. For some, pigeons are treasured pets; for others, they’re troublesome pests. Whether it’s ‘rats of the sky’ or ‘rats with wings’, the sentiment in these nicknames is clear. Apart...

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