Browsing: Animals

The high seas. Piracy. Savage hunts. And… birds. When we think of predatory birds, we think of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. Yet, the Earth’s oceans are patrolled by aggressive avian predators that evolved from normal seabirds but prey upon mammals, land birds, and other seabirds, or pirate their catches through relentless coercion. In this…

Male dominance is frequently assumed to be the norm in the animal kingdom and has been a significant matter of reform in modern human society. Yet other species, some well-known and others obscure, with extremely intricate social arrangements or perplexing life histories may astound us with their incredible characteristics of female domination within the species.…

Dinosaurs have captured our imagination since their remains were first discovered and identified back in 1864, and scientists have spent the last 200 years trying to fully understand these creatures who once ruled the Earth. But it seems like new discoveries change the dinosaur game every few decades, and we’re forced to redraw our ideas…

Science has cataloged upwards of 100,000 separate arachnid species – a class of invertebrates identifiable by having eight legs. They include harvestmen, mites, ticks, scorpions, solifugae (or camel spiders) and, of course, spiders. There are some 43,000 different species of the latter. Much as arachnophobia is widespread, the good news for humans is very few…

Mellivora capensis, better known by it’s adorably badass (badorably?) nickname the “honey badger” is one of the internet’s favorite animals. Maybe you’ve seen that YouTube video all about the “crazy nastyass honey badger” or the Cracked article it stole all its research from; either way, you’ve likely heard that the honey badger, simply put, don’t…

Sloths are an animal that you probably don’t spend all that much time thinking about, which doesn’t seem fair considering it’s the only animal that constantly moves in slow-motion, therefore making everything it does look supremely badass. So to correct that, here are 10 lesser known facts about the world’s most lackadaisical animal. 10. Experts…

The ostrich is one of the strangest animals alive today. It has fairly ancient origins, as it’s one of the few remaining flightless birds, and sometimes behaves in a way that seems out of place based on the evolution of creatures around it. However, despite the world changing around it, the ostrich mostly just continues…

Have you ever gotten an email attachment of an animal doing something cute? Or found yourself watching countless videos of animals showing compassion to one another? As a result of these videos, many of us have come to see animals outside of their true nature. Survival in nature is not pretty, and, at times, the…

According to fossils, researchers believe that the earliest dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago in the late Triassic era. However, before the dawn of the “Terrible Lizards” there were other vicious creatures that lived in the Earth’s oceans and roamed the land. These are 10 of the most terrifying of those animals. 10. Cynognathus…

Our story begins some 65 million years ago, just after the dinosaurs perished and the age of mammals began. Hurtling at each other at a “whooping”, one inch per year, the Americas were still separated by a marine connection between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Before they eventually came together, these continents were completely isolated…

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