14th December 2012

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Lemmings
Lemmings are small rodents with an unusual reputation. Contrary to popular belief, lemmings do not commit mass suicide when they migrate. It is a misconception fuelled by the media and video game industries. Having said that, individuals belonging to some species will leave a population once it becomes too big in search of a new home. When that happens, obstacles such as wide rivers and lakes, can be the cause of many fatalities. 

Lemmings

Lemmings are small rodents with an unusual reputation. Contrary to popular belief, lemmings do not commit mass suicide when they migrate. It is a misconception fuelled by the media and video game industries. Having said that, individuals belonging to some species will leave a population once it becomes too big in search of a new home. When that happens, obstacles such as wide rivers and lakes, can be the cause of many fatalities. 

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14th December 2012

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When do we stop seeing the animal, and start seeing ourselves?

Photographer Tim Flach challenges you with that question, in his new book More Than Human. Every single one of his photos, from scary bats to naked chickens, is breathtaking. 

We are becoming aware of more examples of animal intelligence, from the language of whales to the self-awareness and empathy of the great apes. Whereas one’s emotional response to what appears to be a ponderous panda used to be thought of as folly, we are now able to appreciate a wider spectrum of animal thought and processing.

It does not mean that there is deep thought in those eyes, but it blurs the lines of where our stare stops and theirs begins.There is something. What? Who knows?

We would do well to remind ourselves not where animals are like us, but perhaps where we are like them. These photos do that for me. 

See more at Brain Pickings.

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14th December 2012

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Dormice are famous for being sleepy. Theirhibernation may last up to six months if the outside temperature remains cold. To accomplish this feat they store body fat during the summer months. 

Dormice are famous for being sleepy. Theirhibernation may last up to six months if the outside temperature remains cold. To accomplish this feat they store body fat during the summer months. 

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4th March 2012

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4th March 2012

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Aestivation
Aestivation is a period of deep and prolonged sleep, or torpor, that occurs in the summer or dry season in response to heat and drought. Food can often be scarce at such times, so animals avoid using up hard won energy reserves by lowering their metabolic rate. This reduces the need for food and water during hard times, ensuring longer-term survival

Aestivation

Aestivation is a period of deep and prolonged sleep, or torpor, that occurs in the summer or dry season in response to heat and drought. Food can often be scarce at such times, so animals avoid using up hard won energy reserves by lowering their metabolic rate. This reduces the need for food and water during hard times, ensuring longer-term survival

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4th March 2012

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Long-eared hedgehog
Long-eared hedgehogs are much faster than their longer spined West European cousins. They are also much more feisty. Their long ears give them an acute sense of hearing which helps them to detect both predators and prey.

Long-eared hedgehog

Long-eared hedgehogs are much faster than their longer spined West European cousins. They are also much more feisty. Their long ears give them an acute sense of hearing which helps them to detect both predators and prey.

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4th March 2012

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Predation defence
Predation defence comes in many forms: physiological, anatomical and behavioural. Physical defences such as spines and armour are obvious adaptations, but other defences can be more subtle and surprising. Whether it’s avoiding detection through camouflage and mimicry, chemical defence through being poisonous or exuding irritants, it’s all about one thing: avoiding being eaten. Some animals rely on increasing their chances of detecting predators by living in groups and using alarm calls to warn each other of danger.

Predation defence

Predation defence comes in many forms: physiological, anatomical and behavioural. Physical defences such as spines and armour are obvious adaptations, but other defences can be more subtle and surprising. Whether it’s avoiding detection through camouflage and mimicry, chemical defence through being poisonous or exuding irritants, it’s all about one thing: avoiding being eaten. Some animals rely on increasing their chances of detecting predators by living in groups and using alarm calls to warn each other of danger.

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4th March 2012

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Flying fish
Flying fish actually glide rather than truly fly. They launch themselves into the air by beating the tail very fast and spreading their pectoral fins to use as wings. There are 52 different species of flying fish which are found in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Flying fish

Flying fish actually glide rather than truly fly. They launch themselves into the air by beating the tail very fast and spreading their pectoral fins to use as wings. There are 52 different species of flying fish which are found in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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4th March 2012

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Ray-finned fishes
Ray-finned fishes are a very diverse class, about half of all vertebrates being ray-fins. They get their name from the form of their fins - bony struts with a web of skin covering them. Familiar fish such as the goldfish, cod and seahorse are all members of this class.

Ray-finned fishes

Ray-finned fishes are a very diverse class, about half of all vertebrates being ray-fins. They get their name from the form of their fins - bony struts with a web of skin covering them. Familiar fish such as the goldfish, cod and seahorse are all members of this class.

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4th March 2012

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Frogs and toads
Frogs and toads are the most diverse and widespread of the three amphibian orders. Unlike the other amphibians, adult frogs and toads have no tails but they do have many adaptations to jumping, for example long hind legs, elongated ankle bones and a short vertebral column. Many frogs contain mild toxins, but some, such as the poison dart frogs, are deadly.

Frogs and toads

Frogs and toads are the most diverse and widespread of the three amphibian orders. Unlike the other amphibians, adult frogs and toads have no tails but they do have many adaptations to jumping, for example long hind legs, elongated ankle bones and a short vertebral column. Many frogs contain mild toxins, but some, such as the poison dart frogs, are deadly.

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