The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 2 – Bantamweight

Winner of Round 1: Firecrest! With over 69% of the vote, England’s flyweight champion takes the first crown! Thanks to everyone that voted! Right, on to Round 2! This time, we’ve moved up to the bantamweight category (5-20g). There are plenty of eligible contenders for this round but after careful consideration, please welcome the European … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 2 – Bantamweight

Capybara & Chips: When Taxonomy & Lent Collide

Anyone familiar with the Christian tradition of Lent, which is the six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, may know of the associated ritual fasting and abstinence, especially from eating meat. Traditionally, all healthy Catholics between their 14th birthday until death are required to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and each … More Capybara & Chips: When Taxonomy & Lent Collide

The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 1 – Flyweight

  Steph Jones over at Zoologist Jones recently challenged me, and the rest of merry old  England, to an Australia vs. England avian showdown. The idea is that hopefully we will be able to highlight some of our representative nation’s greatest bird species, as well as adding a little fuel to the commonwealth rivalry fire. … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 1 – Flyweight

Going Ballistic – The Mantis Shrimp’s Superfast Punches

Two recent articles in the most recent issue of Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) featured animals that possess impressive “ballistic movements”, which sparked my interest in the mechanics of superfast motion. This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring animals that are capable of performing incredible high-velocity movements. What Are Ballistic Movements? … More Going Ballistic – The Mantis Shrimp’s Superfast Punches