Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 17

Coelacanth: The Fish That Time Forgot

On 22 December 1938, Marjorie Courtney-Latimer, the museum curator of East London in South Africa, got an early Christmas present. She was friends with the captain of a local trawler, Hendrick Goosen, and on this particular day she found among his haul a most unusual and prehistoric-looking fish. Though she did not know what it …

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May 11

Inside the Honeybee Hive of Horror

In folklore, the honeybee has been used as an example of perfect social order, co-operation and hard work. But this is not an association of free insects who have agreed to work together out of self-interest. Apart from the queen, every member of the colony is effectively a slave, and their lives are terminated just …

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May 03

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Star-Nosed Mole

From certain angles, the star-nosed mole almost looks like any other mole. It’s small and black, with thick velvety fur and big, burrowing feet. But then you notice that outrageous nose. It looks like a cross between a group of wriggling maggots and a pink sea anemone. This nose is the most sensitive tactile instrument …

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