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Posts tagged reptiles

January 20, 2017

 

Nihon-Ama-Gaeru Japanese Tree Frog

How to Heave Your Guts

You've heard the expression "to heave your guts" used to refer to vomiting. In the case of frogs and toads, "heaving your guts" can have a literal connotation.

March 11, 2016

 

scaly reptile skin

Bunostegos: Upright on All Fours

What prehistoric reptile had a knobby head, body armor, and walked on all fours like a cow?

August 27, 2015

 

plesiosaur

How Did It Swim?

Now extinct, plesiosaurs were predatory creatures that haunted the deep seas.

April 9, 2015

 

two painted turtles sun themselves on a log

The Heat is On for Painted Turtles

Temperature determines the sex of painted turtle hatchlings, and climate change is tipping the balance to an all-female future.

April 2, 2015

 

ventillator

One-Way Breathing: Not Just For Birds Anymore

Birds and many reptiles evolved a specialized way of breathing—one-way air flow.

July 30, 2013

 

snake on the jungle floor

Staying Warm

You probably already know that humans are warm-blooded, while creatures like snakes are cold-blooded. Scientists prefer the terms endothermic and ectothermic.

February 27, 2012

 

a fossil of a Plesiosaur at the Natural History Museum

Plesiosaurs

Is there still such a thing as a plesiosaur? What do we know about them?

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.

August 30, 2011

 

crocodile

Crocodile Tears

Quite apart from the crocodile lore, crocodiles share an interesting physiological feature with marine turtles and other reptiles.

March 3, 2011

 

chromosomes

How Chromosomes Vary Across The Animal Kingdom

In mammals, the sex of a baby is determined by the chromosomes it inherits from its parents. But, the combination an animal inherits can be quite different.

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