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Teacup Pig Rant

September 28, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

If you have ever had a passing “Uptown Girls” fantasy of owning a teacup pig, I’m here to tell you that it’s never going to happen. First of all there is no such thing as a teacup pig. There are many breeds of mini-pigs but none are as small as most people expect them to be. Most people expect... Read more »

Ocean Acidification

Jessica Parker
April 15, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

There have been five mass extinctions over the course of life on earth. The largest one, known as the Great Dying, occurred at the end of the Permian period, 252 million years ago. Around 96 percent of earth's marine species, 70 percent of terrestrial vertebrates and 57 percent of all insect famil... Read more »

Galapagos Tortoise Babies

Galapagos Tortoise Babies

Jessica Parker
March 31, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

Pinzón Island, located at the center of the chain of Galápagos Islands is home to many of the famous giant Galápagos tortoises. They were able to live peacefully on their small island of less than 15 square miles until the mid 18th century, when European sailors arrived and brought rats with... Read more »

Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

Jessica Parker
February 21, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

A recent study has shown that the mean body mass of marine mammals has increased by 150 times since the Cambrian period (542 million years ago). These findings are consistent with Cope's rule, which "proposes that animal lineages evolve towards larger body size over time." According to the journal... Read more »

Ice Fish

Jessica Parker
February 6, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on the planet. About 98 percent of it is covered in ice that is about 1.93 kilometers thick. There are also vast ice shelves that extend off of its coast. Beneath these sheets is more than a million square kilometers of unexplored seafloor. One... Read more »

Don’t Touch the Tiger!

Jessica Parker
January 30, 2015
Filed under Darwin's Finches

Cara Delevingne, a model and actress has sparked controversy with her latest photo shoot. She is seen holding a captive lion cub while modeling for TAG Heuer, a watch company. Cara is a self-proclaimed wild-animal lover and even sports a lion tattoo on her finger. While she may love wild animals, by... Read more »

The Pangolin aka The Walking Artichoke

The Pangolin aka The Walking Artichoke

Jessica Parker
December 3, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Darwin's Finches

Pangolins (also called scaly anteaters) are strange creatures that are quietly being eaten to extinction. They are coved in scales are actually modified hairs. They also have large claws on their front legs, which they use for digging up ants' nests. They then use their ant-eater-like tongue to lick... Read more »

Disappearing Sea Stars

Jessica Parker
November 18, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Darwin's Finches

Sea stars more commonly (and incorrectly) known as star fish, are dying off in vast numbers. Millions of individuals, from at least twenty different species along the west coast are "wasting" away. They are suffering from what is called a wasting disease or wasting syndrome. This disease is classified... Read more »

Robot Penguin Rover

Robot Penguin Rover

Jessica Parker
November 11, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Darwin's Finches

In the latest Zoological news, baby penguin robots are conducting research on unsuspecting king, and emperor penguins. King penguins look very similar to their larger cousins the emperor penguins. King penguins also don't live in the midst of Antarctica like the emperors, but live in the sub-antarctic... Read more »

The Fanged-Deer Returns

The Fanged-Deer Returns

Jessica Parker
November 4, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Darwin's Finches

An endangered deer that hasn't been spotted since 1948 was recently sighted in northeastern Afghanistan by a team of researchers. The Kashmir musk deer is not only remarkable in its continued survival, but in its strange appearance. The males have tusks that resemble fangs. They use these during the ... Read more »

The River Wolf

The River Wolf

Jessica Parker
October 28, 2014
Filed under Darwin's Finches

When most people think of otters, the image that comes to mind is something small, cute, playful and cuddly. But in the Amazon the local otters are known by another name: river wolf. They get this fierce name from their voracious eating habits. They are adept hunters and eat many different types of ... Read more »

Rhino Poaching – No End in Sight

Rhino Poaching – No End in Sight

Jessica Parker
October 19, 2014
Filed under Darwin's Finches

Rhinos have been killed, their horns taken for aesthetic and pseudo-medicinal properties for thousands of years. Many different groups of people throughout history used rhino horn for different things. The Greeks thought that it purified water and the Persians thought that it could detect poisoned liquids.... Read more »

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