Monthly Archives: December 2019

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A blog about life...literally

Mammal Monday – Brrrrrr!

Wooly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Frog Friday – Bilingual

Bird-voiced Treefrog (Hyla avivoca)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the Bird-voiced Treefrog


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Winged Wednesday – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? The call of the Northern Cassowary could be considered one of the least bird-like calls of any bird. As heard in the video below, they make grunting and hissing sounds.


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Mammal Monday – Holiday “Horn”-aments

Caribou or Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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Frog Friday – Take the Red Eye

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)Image from Wikimedia Commons The frogs above are exhibiting a behavior called amplexus, in which a male amphibian grasps a female with his front legs as part of the mating process.


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An EGGcelent Discovery in the Process of Fertilization for Humans

Back in middle school when we took our first course of biology in 7th grade, we were taught about sexual reproduction and how it functioned. We were told that the sperm plays in active role in the process of fertilization … Keep Reading


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Ancient Penguins

Fossil records showed that sixty million years ago there were giant human-sized penguins that flew through the southern Hemisphere waters. Smaller forms of these penguins existed also like the ones today that live in Antarctica. The recently found penguin is … Keep Reading


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I Only Have 490 Words

Image from Wikimedia Commons For years, scientists have thought that microorganisms that use chlorophyll capture the majority of solar energy in the ocean. In the article Oceanic Bacteria Trap Vast Amounts of Light Without Chlorophyll, Abby Olena writes about a … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Flightless Wonders

Southern Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Mammal Monday – First Furry Fossil

Castorocauda (Castorocauda lutrasimilis)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? Castorocauda lutrasimilis was a semi-aquatic member of the order Docodonta, an extinct group of primitive mammals. As the name implies, it resembled a beaver or otter (“castoro” = beaver, “cauda” = … Keep Reading


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Beautiful Happy Creature

Image from Wikimedia Commons There are tons of animals in our biosphere, but there is one animal that stands out the most to me that seems to be quite unfamiliar to some to recognize. It has the cutest face with … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Ready For My Closeup

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Save our Planet (Other than by retweeting Greta Thunberg)!

On September 23 at the 2019 Climate Action Summit, young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, delivered an emotional speech calling out “baby-boomer bureaucrats ” as the cause for the looming climate crisis. She was met by enormous support from the younger … Keep Reading


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Is Cancer DONe For?

Amidst our modern world we are constantly reaching for new cures for incurable diseases and new treatments for conditions without treatments. While humans have successfully counted most of the illnesses that once plagued our pre-modern ancestors, we have yet to … Keep Reading


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Why People Get Goosebumps

I’m sure many have wondered why people get goosebumps. There are many things that play into people getting them. You could get them from being very cold, when something dramatic happens that makes you get the chills, but the most … Keep Reading


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