The oldest ever archaeological site was found in 2011, lomekwi 3, dated at 3.3 million years old, is 700,000 years older than previous stone tools discovered and predates the genus Homo by 500,000 years; around 150 artifacts found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lom…
Cheetahs are not considered a big cat because they lack the ability to roar. Cheetahs, the last living member of the Acinonyx genus, lacks the floating hyoid unlike lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards.(Panthera) cheetah.org/canada/2017/0…
There is an extant virus in the same genus as smallpox called Monkeypox which can also infect humans and causes a disease that looks like a milder version of smallpox, with a death rate of up to 10% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about Issus (genus) the only species with a built in gear mechanism for mobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iss…
All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The infamous death cap’s scientific name is Amanita phalloides, which etymologically means β€œmushroom shaped like a dick”. In the same genus we also find the Amanita vaginata. species.wikimedia.org/wik…
The torpedo was named after a genus of electric ray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Ginkgo biloba is the only member of its genus, which is the only genus in its family, which is the only family in its order, which is the only order in its subclass. canyouactually.com/this-m…
Today I learned of Red Panda, a mammal that lives in the Himalayas & SouthWestern China. The red panda is the only living member of the genus Ailurus and family Ailuridae. Thy are listed as endangered with population less than 10K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The original version of Trivial Pursuit is known as the Genus Edition π˜•π˜–π˜› Genius Edition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is actually 2 distinct species of Red Panda meaning it is no longer considered the only species in its genus. cbc.ca/news/technology/re…
Nightshade is actually genus, not a species and tomatoes and eggplant are species within that genus. britannica.com/plant/nigh…
There was a genus of camels native to North America and its name is from the Greek for "camel-face" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The world's largest known sponge was discovered off the coast of Hawaii. The animal is an unidentified genus of sponge with a bluish-white color and brain-like appearance, around the size of a minivan. cbc.ca/news/technology/gi…
Princess Atta's (from the movie A Bug's Life, 1998) name is a reference to the genus Atta, which includes ants commonly known as leafcutters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
Helicoprion is a genus of extinct shark whose fossil specimens reveal spirally arranged clusters of the individuals' teeth called "tooth whorls" that resemble our modern circular saw blades.The shark's blade, connected to cylindrical muscle tissue, would shred prey into small, bite-sized pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of the Tibetan blackbird, living in the Himalayas. As a type of bird called a thrush its genus classification is "Turdus" (Latin for "thrush"). And since the Tibetan blackbird is larger than the common blackbird, it has been given the species name "Turdus Maximus." avibase.bsc-eoc.org/speci…
"Pussy willow" is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
today i learned that there is a genus of plants in the Aizoaceae family that is called Lithops (or living rock) which evolved to camouflage themselves in the surrounding rocks to avoid being eaten by predators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. It is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon which literally means "golden dog", and it communicates mainly by scent markings and a kind of "roar-barking." Its urine smells like weed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Gooty Sapphire Ornamental is the only blue species of Tarantula of genus Poecilotheria. It is found in Andhra Pradesh India.It is classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) downtoearth.org.in/covera…
There is a genus of snake called Boiga, known commonly as cat-eyed snakes or simply cat snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
Today I learned of an newly discovered organism called Lithoredo abatanica that eats stone and excretes sand. It is a shipworm, a group of burrowing animals known for eating woods and related to clams, but so different from known examples that it is both a new species and genus. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/sc…
Prior to being given its formal description, the Lythronax tyrannosaur genus was referred to as 'Nipple Butte Tyrannosaur' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
The Red Panda, native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, is the only living member of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae nationalgeographic.com/an…
There is a genus of velvet spiders who live underground, named Loureedia - After Lou Reed, guitairst and singer for The Velvet Underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The American Bison’s scientific name (genus and species) is merely Bison Bison nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
The painful bite of the brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria genus) can cause human males to have an erection. The venom increases nitric oxide which increases blood flow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The Ferocactus genus of barrel cacti evolved hook-like spines and shallow roots so they could be uprooted by flash floods, go with the flow, and then re-settle in a place where water accumulates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America and is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. Muskrats mate while underwater and can also hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes underwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Aegilops (a genus of Eurasian and North American plants in the grass family; types of goatgrass) is the longest English word with letters arranged in alphabetical order. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The red panda is so unique, it has no close relatives. It's the only living species in its genus AND family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The genus Amanita contains about 600 species of mushrooms and is responsible for approximately 95% of the fatalities resulting from mushroom poisoning, with the 'death cap' accounting for about 50% on its own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
There's a genus of sea cucumbers called sea pigs that live on the bottom floor of every ocean and extract nutrients from the mud. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. It looks more like a long-legged fox than a wolf. Genetic studies show that it is neither fox nor true wolf, but a distinct species. It is the only member of its genus, Chrysocyon. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Today I learned of the Coral Tree. Part of the genus Erythrina, Coral Trees are native to Eastern Mexico, South America, and South Africa. Their uniquely shaped flowers bloom in bright red from February to June. geog.ucsb.edu/take-a-tour…
The Japanese stoat (Mustela erminea nippon) is a subspecies of stoat native only to Japan, and there are currently 37 recognized subspecies of stoats in the world. When members of the Mustela genus take on white winter coats, especially stoats, they are often referred to as ermines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Koalas are marsupials, not bears. But its genus is Phascolarctos, is derived from the Greek words phaskolos "pouch" and arktos "bear". The name Koala comes from Aborigin name 'Gula' meaning 'no water' because they thought it survives without drinking. But they get water from the Eucalyptus tree. wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala
Portia is a genus of jumping spider that feeds on other spiders (i.e., they are araneophagic or arachnophagic). They are remarkable for their intelligent hunting behaviour, which suggests that they are capable of learning and problem solving, traits normally attributed to much larger animals. youtu.be/UDtlvZGmHYk
Today I learned about Acanthamoeba: genus of amoebae that can infect your eyes if you don't wash your contacts correctly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga has a genus of 19 species of ferns named after her. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus), the national bird of Angola, is one of the more colorful birds in its genus, and its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey. Turacos are found in large flocks and feed on fruits. Interestingly, all flock members help new moms with "childcare." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the pirate-perch, a small American fish that is unique enough to be the only species in not only its genus, but its whole family. This is in part due to its assemblage of unique traits: among them, it has its cloaca (anus and genital region) just under its head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
Orchid bees (Euglossa genus) are native to a broad area of Central America and have been recently introduced to Florida. There are over 250 species of orchid bees and they are typically bright metallic blue, green, coppery, or golden in sheen and color. They feed on the aromatics of orchids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
The "flying lizards" of the genus Draco can glide using membranes stretched between their elongated ribs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The Pieza genus of fly has species called Pieza kake, Pieza pie, Pieza rhea and Pieza deresistans. nytimes.com/2005/02/20/we…
The genus name of the Brazilian wandering spider, Phoneutria is derived from the Greek φονΡύτρια, meaning "murderess" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Armadillos of the genus Dasypus (the only ones found in the US) give birth to four genetically identical young that split from the same embryo; i.e. they always have identical quadruplets; they are the only known vertebrate animals to exhibit this "polyembryony" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Poecilotheria metallica is a species of tarantula that it is covered in blue hair. Like others in its genus it exhibits an intricate fractal-like pattern on the abdomen. The species' habitat is just a 100 sq. km (39 sq mi) area in central southern India. No human fatalities have been reported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
Today I learned about Adactylidium a Genus of Mites The pregnant female mite feeds upon a single egg of a thrips, growing five to eight female offspring and one male in her body. The single male mite mates with all the daughters when they are still in the mother. ratburger.org/index.php/t…

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