Jan 302016
 
Brain Size Proven to be an Indication of Intelligence: Study

Researchers prove that animals with brain size proportional to their bodies were better at problem solving. It has been a long standing debate that brain size effects intelligence. The one specific detail of the argument implies that the brain size of the animal should be proportionate to their body size and structure. This is a great improvement in determining different factors of intelligence among animals and how to enhance and improve that intelligence. Contributed By Sonia Narula

Jan 252016
 
Top 5 Deadliest Animals in the World

Check out five scary critters that you’ll want to stay far, far away from if you ever encounter them in the wild. You might be surprised by what you find out! Number Five: Elephants. Elephants are big animals, and despite their generally gentle nature, they are also incredibly deadly. Elephants use up to five tons of fighting weight and kill more than 500 people every single year. They behave aggressively when they are scared or trying to defend their calves. Number Four: Crocodiles. Crocodiles are […]

Jan 072016
 
World’s Top 10 Longest-living Animals

Tortoises may best be known for their incredible ability to outlive humans, but they aren’t the world’s longest-living animal. Not by a long shot. Here’s a list of the world’s top 10 longest living animals, based on the oldest known examples of each creature. 1. Ocean Quahog – 507 years The ocean quahog is a species of edible clam and is native to the North Atlantic Ocean around the British and Irish coastline. Ocean quahogs live to depths of around 500 metres and bury themselves […]

Nov 232015
 
7 Shocking and Hilarious Facts About Animals

We all love a good picture of a cute animal, but how about some totally bizarre animals facts? These seven weird and wacky facts and statistics will have you second-guessing reality. Seven shocking and hilarious facts about animals. Number Seven: Some Eastern European Deer Still Refuse to Cross the Iron Curtain. More than two decades after the Soviet Empire’s fall, some animals still refuse to cross the border where the Iron Curtain once stood. There used to be electric fences there, which means the information […]

Oct 102015
 
List of Some of the Strangest Animals Around the World

Nothing makes tourists whip out their cameras faster than seeing an animal on vacation. Whether searching for the big five on an African safari or combing the beach for sea lions in the Galápagos, getting up close and personal with our furry friends is always a highlight. But what if we told you that lions, tigers, and bears (oh, my) were just scratching the surface? What if we told you that in some parts of the world, there are creatures so odd and rare that […]

Apr 022015
 
World’s Top 10 Longest-Living Animals

The secret to longevity? Living on remote islands or in the ocean’s deep. Tortoises may best be known for their incredible ability to outlive humans, but they aren’t the world’s longest-living animal. Not by a long shot. According to Discovery News, the planet’s longest-living creature is actually a little-known clam called the ocean quahog. One quahog dredged off the coast of Ireland in 2006 was found to be 507 years old and was promptly given the nickname “Ming the clam”. So what are the secrets […]

Mar 122015
 
Top 10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

THIS week has been full of news about dogs being poisoned at Crufts, so here are some less poisonous canine facts about man’s best friend. 1.The most popular dogs’ names in the UK are Max for males and Bella for females. 2.In 2008, police dogs in Dusseldorf were given plastic shoes to protect their paws from glass. 3.Launce’s dog Crab, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, is the only dog required to appear on stage in Shakespeare. 4.Research shows that dogs in the UK are […]

Dec 032014
 
Know About Some Animals With a Moral Compass

In the 16th century, philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes said animals were just automata: red-blooded machines without thoughts or wishes. Since then, animal-behavior scientists have realized that our furry brethren have rich emotional lives and even a rudimentary sense of right and wrong. From elaborate elephant funeral rituals to the moral outrage of cuckolded bluebirds, here are some surprising ways that animals exhibit the very human emotions we associate with morality. Elephants Remember Elephants have some of the most elaborate group rituals of any animals. […]

Top parallels between humans and our animal kin

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Sep 102014
 
Top parallels between humans and our animal kin

We humans like to think of ourselves as a special bunch, but it turns out we have plenty in common with other animals. Math? A monkey can do it. Tool use? Hey, even birds have mastered that. Culture? Sorry, folks — chimps have it, too. Here’s a list of some of the top parallels between humans and our animal kin. You may be surprised at how similar we are to even our distant relations. Ears Like a Katydid Humans have complex ears to translate sound […]

7 Animals that wore backpacks in the name of science

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Sep 042014
 
7 Animals that wore backpacks in the name of science

From falcons to cockroaches, a myriad of different animals have donned backpacks in the name of science. These backpacks typically carry cameras, GPS or other sensors, and can tell scientists a great deal about the animals’ movements, feeding habits and interactions with others, while also offering a creature’s-eye view of the world. Here, we bring you a few of these rucksack-sporting critters. Falcons To get a glimpse of how falcons hunt their prey midair, researchers at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, outfitted the birds with […]

Animals with larger brains may have more self-control: Study

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Apr 242014
 
Animals with larger brains may have more self-control: Study

Animals with larger brains may have more self-control than creatures with smaller noodles, a new study suggests. Self-control is important for any species on the planet. Researchers tested dozens of different species to measure how well they could regulate their behavior, and found that animals with larger brains or more complex diets had greater self-control. Humans use this ability to decide whether to save money for retirement or whether to eat a cookie while on a diet. Contributed By Anjali