Sorry BUGS, your brain isn't equipped for REM sleep, or any sleep for that matter.
Have you ever heard predictions that one day women will be able to have babies without men?
Think you are pretty good at push-ups? Well, meet the Jacky Dragon.
While some animals developed ways to extract water from their food, the desert dwelling lizards don’t drink water at all; they absorb it through their skin.
Can animals grow infinitely big in the right conditions? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Where did snakes lose their limbs? Find out on this Moment of Science.
What’s particularly striking is the fact that birds and alligators, unlike humans and other mammals, have a hinge-like joint in their pelvis that allows the pubic bone to move. When an alligator or bird inhales the pubic bone rocks downward, expanding the abdominal cavity.
Almost all mammals, in fact, have REM sleep; birds do too, although only in the early parts of their lives. It seems that sleep and REM are required by a particularly complex kind of brain.
Given the hundreds of thousands of different animals inhabiting our planet, the list of those that can fly is quite small. “Fly Snakes” on today’s Moment of Science.
Scientists have just recently uncovered the gecko’s gravity-defying secret. Gecko feet come specially equipped with tiny hairs, called seta.