Down in the depths of the Pacific ocean lives a group of creatures that has remained relatively unchanged for over 500 million years, that’s HALF A BILLION YEARS. To put that in context, Homeo sapiens have existed for approximately 2 million years and these guys were even bobbing around when plants began to colonise the … More Amazing Species Profile: Nautiluses!
Today (20th February 2016) is the fifth annual World Pangolin Day and the Sunda pangolin was recently voted as the world’s 3rd most underrated species in an Arkive poll, so what better time to celebrate and raise awareness of the amazing animals we call PANGOLINS! Etymology and Taxonomy Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are … More Amazing Species Profile: Pangolins!
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
Welcome to Bird Brained Science’s first Amazing Species Profile! For my first profile, I thought it only right to present my all-time favourite species of bird! Give it up, for the fabulous secretary bird! I had the pleasure of seeing these magnificent birds in South Africa during an undergraduate field trip and have been captivated … More Amazing Species Profile: Secretary Bird!