mammal teeth

Why are mammals so successful? It’s the teeth!

March 5, 2017 mammal 0

The great Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier also referred to as the father of paleontology once boasted that “..from a single bone, or even a portion of a bone, the anatomist can reconstruct an entire animal..” There is some truth to this assertion despite the note of bombast attached to it. It […]

Top 5 Mammals for February 2017

March 4, 2017 mammal 0

The month of February 2017 saw many fabulous pictures come my way. Courtesy of Getty images, here are a few interesting mammals and some interesting trivia about them. The Rocky Mountain Elk is an even-toed ungulate of the deer family. The male has antlers that they shed each year. Females […]

Australia’s incredible mammals

March 3, 2017 mammal 0

Australia is the only continent in the world to host all three sub-classes of mammals. You will find the Monotremes or Egg-laying mammals; the Marsupials that have under-developed young; and the Placental mammals that give birth to live and fully formed young. Can you find several of the most interesting one’s in this […]

Indri

Indri : The critically endangered Singing Lemur

February 27, 2017 mammal 2

The Indri is also called the babakato and is the largest Lemur, measuring up to a full 72 cm in length. It is known for it’s calls that can be heard for two to three miles and is considered as one of the noisiest Malagasy Lemurs. The sound carries because […]

Cryptozoology: Let’s not pooh pooh it all

February 25, 2017 mammal 0

First of all, this earth is vast. Just look at the area occupied by the Pacific Ocean. It’s fully 30% of our planet. There are going to be several type of creatures lurking in the depths that we have no idea about. If the legend of the Kraken(Giant Squid) is anything […]

Wild Asses

Wild Asses of Gujarat

February 25, 2017 mammal 0

In Rann of Kutch, lives an ass. No, no, I am not out to insult the good people of Gujarat, there does indeed live a beautiful animal related to horses, in this rather tough habitat. There is limited grazing; massive salt marshes; and a rather tenuous supply of water.   […]

Cheetah

Five Beautiful Big Cats

February 13, 2017 mammal 0

  The Bengal Tiger has a territory of 70 miles or more and lives off deer and wild boar. Populations have shrunk to 2500 individuals across very fragmented populations in the Indian Subcontinents. The Lions of Masai Mara look like they are thriving but such local populations which come under […]

10 Extinct Cats in the last century.

February 10, 2017 mammal 0

Asiatic Cheetah (Extinct 2015)   This was never a very populous cat species. Said to have almost gone extinct about 10,000 years ago, and jumped back to a stable population; it suffered local extinction in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan by the 1970’s due to hunting and destruction of habitat. Mughal […]

Humpback Breaching

That’s how whales tweet

February 9, 2017 mammal 0

We always wondered why Leviathans like these were so eager to jump out of the water. Breaching, it is called and has been long a thing of joy and wonder to many scientists. It also takes a lot of energy for such large beasts to jump out of water, which […]

The legendary Bhutanese Takin

February 8, 2017 mammal 0

Let’s slip out of science for bit and tell you how the legend of the Takin is narrated in Bhutan. They say that one day, the Divine Madman, a Wise and Crazy saint known as Lama Drukpa Kunley was asked to perform a miracle by the local villagers. He told […]