Natural history facts, trivia, lists, figures, videos, figures, useless information, and quotes abouts mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, plants, mountains rivers...
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- Richard Dawkins on a post human rodent world A world without rodents would be a very different world. It is less likely to come to pass than a world dominated by rodents and free of people. If nuclear war destroys humanity and ...
- Birds in Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese culture ...In Japanese the albatross is aho-dori , meaning 'idiot bird. Probably based on the fact that it does not fear humans and is easily caught.
- Etymology of mammal names (27/06)
Gorilla is recently coined word and its story would read like a modern myth if it weren't so well documented. U.S. missionary Thomas Savage first used it in 1847 to call the apes ( Troglodytes gorills ) from the Greek gorillai , the name given to wild, hairy tribe of women...
- Favourite David Attenborough video To celebrate naturalist David Attenborough's 80th birthday, the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments. This clip of the lyrebird was voted number one.
- First lines of Darwin's Origen of Species
- The war on science: BBC Horizon video
- Worst natural disaster in British history Eyewitness accounts of the disaster, published in six different pamphlets of the time, told of "huge and mighty hills of water" advancing at a speed "faster than a greyhound can run" and only receding 10 days later.
- Zoological and natural hazards in Britain 46 bitten by venomous snakes and lizards, 24 bitten by rats, 15 injured in contact with a marine mammal, two people bitten by centipedes and one attacked by an alligator.
- List of mammals to have become extinct in Britian in last 15,000 years
- List of birds extinct in Britain
- Triva about Alpine accentors
Alpine Accentors live in polygynandrous groups of 3-6 males and 3-5 females, in which there is a competitive free-for-all
- Trivia about Bar-tailed godwits
- Extracts from Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia Bees
work is marvellously mapped out in the following manner. A guard is posted at the gates, after the manner of a camp. They sleep until dawn, until one bee wakes them up with a double or triple buzz as a sort of bugle call. Then they fly forth in a body.
- Trivia about Hawfinches .(27/06)
- Quotes by Charles Darwin "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars"
- Top 20 birds in British Gardens 2005+2006