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Why Birds Fly In V Formation

New research proves that birds in V formation arrange themselves in aerodynamically optimum positions Birds flying in a distinctive V formation strategically position themselves in aerodynamically optimum positions, and experience positive aerodynamic interactions that maximize upwash (“good air”) capture, according to a study the journal Nature by researchers at Royal Veterinary College, University of London. The data, captured from free-flying ... Read More »

Lamprey “The Ancient Blood Sucker”

Lampreys are some of the most primitive vertebrates alive today. They are known as cyclostomes, which means ’round mouths’ and refers to the fact that they have no jaws, having instead a round sucker-like mouth filed with teeth. A further primitive characteristic is that the skeleton consists of cartilage and not bone. Lampreys are similar in shape to eels, and ... Read More »

Meet the smaller, cuter versions of animals we don’t usually think as being tiny

 The Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, or the dwarf three-toed jerboa, (Salpingotulus michaelis)   Borneo Pygmy Elephant      Brookesia Micra Chameleon    Bumblebee Bat  The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), also known as a monk sloth or dwarf sloth    The Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus)   The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda)  Irukandji Jellyfish   The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) ... Read More »

5 Lesser Know Animals That Are Critically Endangered

Takin, Bhutan Himalayan Bhutan’s national animal. A member of the bovine family and distantly related to the Arctic musk oxen, all four sub-species of Takin are critically threatened throughout their range mainly by habitat loss. Their numbers are steadily declining every generation (approximately eight years) by about 10%   Iberian Wolf, Portugal Iberian Wolf, Canus lupus signatus, one of only ... Read More »

Axolotls Might Have Already Gone Extinct!

Ambystoma Mexicanum IUCN Red List status: Critically endangered Species name: Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), more commonly known as the “water monster” and “Mexican walking fish.” These strange salamanders never undergo metamorphosis and stay in a larval form their entire lives. In early 2009 scientists reported that the population of one of the world’s most bizarre creatures has dropped by 90 percent ... Read More »