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Posts tagged mammals

April 14, 2014

 

A reddish horse with a flowing blonde mane stands in the snow

Warming And Mammalian Dwarfism

55 million years ago, as the Earth heated up, many mammal species got smaller. Could the same thing happen again with human-induced global climate change?

January 29, 2014

 

A dinosaur replica in front of some cactus plants

Walking And Breathing

Lizards don't really breathe and walk at the same time. Does this mean that dinosaurs couldn't either?

November 22, 2013

 

A bee clings to a twig with it's mouth, and appears to be resting.

Do Bugs Sleep?

Sorry BUGS, your brain isn't equipped for REM sleep, or any sleep for that matter.

August 27, 2013

 

black cat close up with green eyes

Killer Cats: Cats Kill Up To 3.7 Billion Birds Each Year

As a cat owner and cat lover I can't help but be a little defensive. And I wonder: don't other pets kills wild animals, too?

August 5, 2013

 

dolphin jumping in the water

Marine Animals Have Interesting Sleeping Habits

Marine mammals don't sleep for a solid 8 hours a night, the way we do.

August 1, 2013

 

cat staring at the camera on a pink blanket

What Is The Difference Between Hair And Fur?

The main difference between hair and fur is where it grows, not what it's made of.

June 11, 2013

 

Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

August 13, 2012

 

a sun bear sitting in a tree

The Bare Necessities Of Bears

We can all hum the song from the "Jungle Book", but what really are the bare necessities for a big bear?

May 9, 2012

 

reindeer

Reindeer Have Ultraviolet Vision

Scientists tested eighteen reindeer with light, and found that their eyes responded to both visible light and ultraviolet.

November 1, 2011

 

close up of a fruit fly

Flies’ Eyes And Human Eyes May Be Closely Related

Scientists found that nearly identical genes play key roles in the formation of the eyes in mammals and fruit flies.

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