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Archives for April, 2007

Rejected by his parents at birth, Bilbo the bamboo lemur was raised by hand by zookeeper Veronica Lindberg. As a result, Bilbo thinks he is a human and refuses to leave Veronica’s side. Clinging to her back, wrapped around her arm or perching on her head, the two are inseparable. Raising Bilbo is no easy…

Dog Tail Wagging Breakthrough

Everybody thinks a wagging tail is the sign of a happy dog. But researchers have recently made a telling discovery: a) not all tail wagging is necessarily positive and b) one can tell this by which side (left or right) the tail wags on!Happy dog, Carnivorous Slobbius According to a new study–,AeuAsymmetric Tail-wagging Responses by…

Spectacular Ant Nest Molds

Researchers in Florida poured a liquid plaster-metal mixture into the nests of the Florida harvester ant. The resulting casts display astonishing intricacy and depth. One interesting discovery was that the top heavy nature of the chambers reflects age distribution within the any colony and not necessarily earlier digging. Younger ants tend to dig within the…

A Marvelous Spatula Tale

A nearly extinct species of hummingbird has been captured on film for the first time demonstrating its spatula-crazed mating dance. The aptly named Marvelous Spatuletail lives in a single, isolated valley in northern Peru. There are only 350 – 1,000 thought left to exist. The video really is extraordinary. Marvelous Spatuletail, Lodigesia mirabilis digg_url=’http://zooillogix.blogspot.com/2007/04/marvelous-spatula-tale.html';

Are you talking to me? I said….Are you talking to me? Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris Sometime in late March, “Nibbles” –a 2,500 lb. elephant seal living on the Sonoma Coast in Northern California– snapped. In the ensuing month, the adolescent seal has bitten a surfer and a pet pit bull, attacked a kayaker and…

Termites Are High Society Cockroaches

In an embarrassing revelation for termites everywhere, researchers from the Natural History Museum of London have determined that termites are actually a highly social form of cockroach. Although they appear more similar to ants, genetic testing confirmed the relationship and definitively determined that they were a family of cockroaches. As if this wasn’t humiliating enough,…

Giant Prehistoric Organism Identified

For over a century the nature of prototaxites has been a source of mystery and debate among scientists. Growing over 20 feet tall and a yard wide, the organism grew straight up like a tree trunk, but had no leaves or branches. Prototaxites fossils from between 420 and 350 million years ago have been found…

Cyborg Pigeon Makes Debut in China

Chinese scientists have made a remote controlled pigeon. By planting micro electrodes in the pigeon’s brain, the scientists can make the bird fly up, down, left or right.“I’m looking for a boy named John Conner. Have you seen him?” Chief scientist Su Xuecheng explains, “”The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon’s brain according to…

Bear with us on this one…it might get a little complicated: Wasps from the genus Copidosoma lay two eggs into a host egg (for example a moth or butterfly egg). One of these two eggs is male and one is female. The male and female larvae then begin multiplying–much like single celled organisms–into a thousand…

A small pod of narwhals, Monodon MonocerosFor centuries, humans have speculated on narwhals’ bizarre horns, believing them to be everything from supernatural appendages to spear fishing weapons to tools for poking around on the ocean floor. In 2005 a team from Harvard and the National Institute of Standards and Technology put a horn under an…