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!
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
This is it, your back is against the wall, it’s life or death. What do you do? Do you pull off your arm and run for it? Do you smear yourself in faeces? Or just drop and play dead? Nature, in its infinite wisdom, has created some truly fascinating and disgusting ways for inhabitatants of … More Weird & Wonderful Animal Defences