Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 05

Minibeast Safari

No African safari is complete without seeing rhinos, giraffes or lions. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a leopard. All four are big, high-profile animals, worthy of anyone’s bucket list. But beneath our feet (or possibly crawling over them) are minibeasts that share the same name as the megafauna mentioned above – the leopard …

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Sep 03

Animal Record Holders: Longest Migration

The famous wildebeest migration of the Serengeti and the great salmon run of North America are just two examples of epic migrations undertaken by animals – and they both pale in comparison to a small seabird that weighs less than half a pound: the Arctic tern. The name ‘Arctic tern’ is somewhat misleading because it …

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Sep 01

Mythological Monsters: The Animals Behind the Legends

Once upon a time, people believed in a great number of fanciful and mysterious monsters: dragons, sea serpents, mermaids and so on. Today, we regard them as tall tales but most mythological beasts have some basis in real animals, whether living or extinct. Fiction, it turns, is only as bizarre as the facts that inspire …

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Sep 01

Big Question: What really is evolution?

Somebody once asked me that if evolution were real, then why didn’t monkeys in zoos evolve into humans to escape? I despaired for several hours afterwards. The person in question wasn’t a particularly religious person, so I can only assume that his or her views stem from a huge misunderstanding on the subject. Indeed, if …

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