This sounds like something out of a horror movie: an extraordinarily intelligent, playful parrot adapts its diet from seeds and insects to red meat.
Despite its name and hopping gait, the kangaroo rat actually has more in common with a camel than with its much larger marsupial namesake.
Sightings of dugongs by early seafarers possibly gave rise to the mythology of mermaids and sirens.
Jellyfish, a clever hunter for a creature with no brain
The world’s coral reefs provide some of the most spectacular natural colour on the planet.
One cruises through the water like a heat-seeking missile, the other swims gracefully like a giant bird in slow motion. They are the shark and the ray.
The platypus has perplexed scientists since its discovery by Europeans in the late 18th century.
The behaviour of ants has long fascinated scientists. And why not? These insects haveamazingly complex colonies, with social 'castes' in which every member has a role.
Lobsters, crabs, crayfish, prawns … seafood lovers everywhere relish the mention of such culinary delights. But there’s much more to know about these shellfish than how tastily they can be served.
Sharks come in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre-looking hammerhead shark, with its eyes at either end of a double hammer-shaped head, to the angel shark, which has ray-like 'wings'.
Around the world, seals and sea lions represent different things to different people.
Bizarre and beautiful, leafy sea dragons inhabit an unusual world under the ocean.
It is clear the elephant is perfectly designed to deal with its bulky frame and weight, and its highly specialised trunk is one of the marvels of the animal kingdom.
The small animals we call rats come in two types, the black rat and the Norway rat (Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus), and they have lived with man throughout history.
When it comes to hunting and catching prey, few creatures use a system as complex and highly specialized as that of the insect-eating bats.
It is a dry, hot, day in the desert. There is no water in sight. The wind is thick with sand, and the dunes continually shift underfoot. These conditions prove no problem for the camel.
With green blood, three hearts, and able to change colour in a flash, it sounds like a ‘weird aliens’ movie creature. Actually, the cuttlefish is a seafood delicacy.
The dotted lines on evolutionary family trees reinforce the fact that there is no evidence to prove the existence of common ancestors for the animals shown.
Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA, is a spectacular memorial to four United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Dart’s discovery of a skull in lime works at Taung did not legitimize the evolution theory, but rather caused great debate among scientists of the day, raising questions which have yet to be answered.
Although many of us may prefer to keep our distance from beetles, a close look at these tireless toilers is a rewarding exercise.
Starfish and sea lilies are wonderfully unique creatures, but over the years they have caused many problems for evolutionists.
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