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
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!
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Most people spend wintery Sunday evenings snuggled on the sofa in front of the telly, with a cup of tea clutched in their hands, trying to squeeze the last drops out of the weekend. But this weekend I, along with three other PhD students across the…
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
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!
Something ruffled the Twittersphere’s feathers today. Chris Hardwick, CEO of Nerdist and host of the late-night talkshow Midnight on Comedy Central, encouraged viewers of the show and Twitter followers alike to post their best bird-related celebrity puns with the hashtag #birdcelebs. Unsurprisingly, Twitter users took to this like a swarm of ants on a Photoshop … More The Day Twitter Went to the Birds
Welcome to Bird Brained Science’s inaugural post! A few weeks ago, I was in Prague attending the Society of Experimental Biology’s annual conference and had an absolutely fantastic time delving into the experimental research that is currently happening around the world. I’d like to share a few highlights now, but it’s really only the tip … More Roundup of SEB Prague 2015!