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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Where Did All the Frogs Go?

Where Did All the Frogs Go?

Jessica Parker
October 5, 2014
Filed under Darwin's Finches

Hello again, animal enthusiasts! Today we have some exciting news along to go along with the usual dose of pessimism. A new species of poison dart frog was discovered in Donoso, Panama!   This frog has a unique call, but was originally thought to be a different variety of another poison dart f...

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