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Posts tagged camouflage

August 28, 2013

 

Pirate Perch fish

All About Pirate Perch

Pirate fish are not only ravenous predators, they appear to be masters of deception.

August 13, 2010

 

cat stretching on oriental rug

Why Do Animals Have Lighter Fur On Their Bellies?

Animals have mastered blending in with their surroundings. Yet, why do some animals have lighter fur on their bellies than on their backs?

January 19, 2010

 

A caterpillar dangling from a plant.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

On this Moment of Science, we'll learn how the phrase "blood is thicker than water," applies to the natural world.

September 21, 2009

 

Hammerhead shark in aquarium

The Hammerhead’s Hammerhead

These unique sharks have heads resembling flattened, T shaped hammers. But how would such a weird head evolve?

December 1, 2008

 

Camoflauged cuttlefish on ocean bottom

Cuttlefish: Colorblind Masters of Camouflage

Clever cephalopods and colorblind camouflage champions---cuttlefish!

April 29, 2008

 

Four speckled eggs in nest

Why Are Birds’ Eggs Speckled?

The most common hypothesis why birds' eggs are speckled is that the speckles help camouflage the eggs, making them harder for predators to see.

September 15, 2005

 

Don’t Touch That Fawn

We’ve all had a moment in our childhood when we came across an abandoned baby animal, and felt the need to care for the little creature. However, before you denigrate other species’ parenting, let alone actively interfere with it, you should know that it’s rarely the case that the baby animals you run across have actually been abandoned. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

August 18, 2005

 

Soft White Underbelly

Ever notice how many animals have lighter fur on their bellies than on their backs? Think about it. Cats and dogs often have lighter-colored bellies. Deer, foxes, wolves, coyotes, chipmunks, you get the idea. Why? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

July 29, 2005

 

Plant Hair

Have you ever seen a hairy plant? Plants may appear to have hair, but the technical term for plant hair is trichomes. These trichomes may resemble hair, but they’re not the same as what we mammals have. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

April 25, 2005

 

Transvestite Cuttlefish

For Australian cuttlefish, where males outnumber females four to one, how does a runt male stand a chance finding a mate? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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