How weird is it when we cross of a species of animal as extinct only to be proven wrong years later? We keep hearing stories like these and it makes me want to go Inigo Montoya on some scientists: You keep using that word, extinct, but I don't think it means what you think it means. It's a nice surprise to find out when we're wrong about these animals!
The more we learn about ancient animals and their behavior, the more facinating they seem. Many ancient creatures seem like alien life forms for as much as they don't resemble today's creatures, and with so much ocean life left to explore, how could we possibly ever get bored with this subject? Take prehistoric sharks, for example. The Squalicorax, it has been found out, used to dine on the pterosaur, otherwise known as a flying lizard.
A virginal birth used to be something reserved for religion and myth, which are the same thing, depending on who you ask. Yet now we're not so sure. Two komodo dragons have laid viable eggs in Europe that seem to be doing well--completely without fertilization. If those things hatch, will we have a new paradigm regarding reptilian reproduction?
If you've ever wondered how alligators survive the coldest months of the year, you need to take a peek at these photos of gators in a frozen North Carolina pond. (Who thinks of North Carolina when they think of gators, by the way? It totally makes sense but the focus is always farther south.) It's amazing to see how the alligators survive!
On their own, frogs and snakes aren't particularly weird. Okay, so there are some weird species like the Horror Frog, but when it's all said and done most of us know what a snake and a frog look like. But have you ever heard of a frog consuming a snake for dinner?
In 2015, the first-ever bioflourescent reptiles were located near the Solomon Islands and ever since then, people are wondering what other glowing animals might be out there. The "glowing sea turtles" are also known as hawksbill sea turtles and they completely caught marine biologists by surprise--quite literally. A bioflourescent sea turtle simply swam by while a team was out collecting data.
You might think that humans are the only creatures who know how to lie, but there you would be completely wrong. Many animals are well practiced at the art of deception, using lies to increase their own chances of survival. National Geographic just published a great list of such creatures and you might be surprised at who the lying liars are!
Once upon a time, I heard that a certain kind of snake has a weird smell. I can't remember either the snake or the smell, but now every time I smell something odd, my first thought is that there is a snake in my house. These seven animals, however, are known to smell like actual jelly beans! The binterong, also known as the bearcat, smells like buttered popcorn, which is ironically due to its anal glands.
It’s okay. I’m eating it, too. National Geographic just put out a list of cool animal puke facts for you to enjoy, and one of the top facts is that honey is made from regurgitated nectar from bees. The piece discusses vomit as a defense mechanism, animals who puke because they can’t digest everything they eat and other interesting barf facts.
We all have at least one ugly critter we love to death. Whether it's a hairless rat, a pug dog, a weird spider or fish--some might call that smashed-in face cringe worthy, but you think it's adorable. Science can shine a light on why we feel this way. It turns out that any kind of animal that seems in need of protection--whether it has big eyes, a small or soft body or other traditionally baby-like qualities--is cute to us humans.