Today I learned of Diego, a tortoise whose high libido helped save his species. He & E5 (another male) brought the population from 15 to 2,000, and now the species is considered self-sufficient. After 80 years in captivity, Diego is now retired in the GalΓ‘pagos, where he'll spend the rest of his life having sex omaha.com/eedition/sunris…
A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman. audubon.org/news/yes-more…
Mountain Goats are not actually in the same genus as other goats (Capra). Mountain Goats are the last surviving species of the genus Oreamnos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
A giant tortoise species was believed to be extinct for 113 years, only for it to be discovered again in GalΓ‘pagos, 2019. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned of the 1950 death of Kevin Budden, a 20 y.o. amateur herpatologist bitten by the taipan snake he captured for antivenom research. News of Budden's death inspired others to capture additional snake species, resulting in the development of five new antivenoms within 12 years of Budden's death. kingsnake.com/aho/species…
"Sardines" aren't a specific fish. The word is used for multiple species of small, oily fish. The definition for what constitutes a sardine varies by government and region with the UN citing 21 different species classified as sardines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Iceland is one of the few countries that is mosquito-free despite having 1600 species of dryland animals. However, in 1980 a professor of the University of Iceland found a mosquito on a plane and it is now kept in a jar at the Icelandic Institute of National History. bluecarrental.is/blog/doe…
There is no actual difference between frogs and toads, with the popular comparison being used only informally with no taxonomic or evolutionary history. All toads are frogs and toads are just species or families of bumpy frogs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
Homo erectus stood about 1.79m (5'10"). Only 17% of modern male humans are taller - Their fossils were the oldest known early humans to have possessed modern human-like body proportions. And they are the longest lived human species around 9 times as long as our own species H.Sapiens. humanorigins.si.edu/evide…
Wolverines are real animals and they are weasels, not canines. They are the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. The Marvel character Logan Howlett was given this name because if his "short stature, keen animal senses, and ferocity". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Today I learned of all the Mammals, human males are among the 5% of the species who stick around to raise their offspring(investing father's), and the only kind among Apes. youtu.be/cul4L441x9o
Contrary to myth, bats aren't blind. Research shows that depending on the circumstances, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. In fact, many bats don't echolocate at all. These species have particularly sharp vision, and can even see ultraviolet light britannica.com/story/are-…
A species of mite named Paratarsotomus macropalpis is the fastest land organism on earth, relative to its body length. It has a speed of 332 body length per second. The equivalent speed for a human, running as fast as this mite, would be 1,300 mph (2,092 km/h). blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Almost all shells open on the right-hand side, with the exception of a few snail species whose shells open on the left. If you find a shell that opens on the left (as long as it's from a normally right-hand species), you have a rare shell sometimes highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The female of the mayfly species Dolania dies within 5 minutes into their adult lives, just enough time to mate and lay eggs. Males fare better, drowning from exhaustion in 30 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Offshore oil/gas rigs are among the most productive fish habitats in the world. For some species, the rigs are even better nurseries than natural reefs. youtube.com/watch?v=Ot-Us…
There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned about Marine Iguanas, an Iguana species which only lives on the GalΓ‘pagos Islands and looks like a small Godzilla en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
European Starlings are an incredibly invasive species, introduced to the US by Eugene Schieffelin. Convinced the country needed every bird in Shakespeare’s works, he had ~100 starlings released in NYC in 1890. They are now one of the most abundant birds in North America, numbering at ~200mil. sciencefriday.com/article…
Today I learned about the Belly Button Biodiversity Project, which surveyed 66 participants and discovered 2,368 different species. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
Baicalellia daftpunka, a species of flatworm, was named after Daft Punk because part of the organism resembles a helmet wikipedia.org/wiki/Daft_P…
That, because birds are dinosaurs, there are technically more living dinosaur species than there are living mammal species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Many bigger species of mushroom have antifungal properties to kill smaller mushroom species researchgate.net/publicat…
Ant queens can take over other colonies by murdering their real queen and bathing in her bodily fluids to avoid detection. Since ants can only parasitize other specific species, it is speculated that some ants decorate their homes with the heads of other ant species to mask their own scent. nationalgeographic.com/an…
A group of scientists accidentally made hundreds of hybrid fish after a failed attempt to get one of the species to reproduce. globalnews.ca/news/720562…
Today I learned about Suriname sea toad. A species of toad that collects its eggs on their back, covers it with their skin and litterally gives birth through their skin. youtube.com/watch?v=SgROa…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned of the maned rat from Africa. The only poisonous rodent, and only mammal to use toxins from another species to defend itself. If threatened, its mane erects and exposes an area for the predator to bite that has absorbent hairs it has smeared with poison from the bark of the poison arrow tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Out of 30,000 plant species, we only grow 170 on a commercially significant scale, and 40% of our daily calories come from three crops: wheat, rice and maize fao.org/fao-stories/artic…
In August 2012, a spider from the rare species Cicurina madla was found in a 6-foot-deep natural hole in Northwest San Antonio, halting completion of a $15-million highway underpass. mysanantonio.com/living_g…
The beautiful orchid bees not only help pollinate specific orchids, but they actually require their corresponding orchid species to reproduce themselves, using oils from the flowers to attract mates, forming a unique symbiotic relationship. indefenseofplants.com/blo…
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are human microscopic colonists- like bacteria, archaea and fungal species. bbc.com/news/amp/health-4…
Nearly all commercial citrus fruit varieties originate from crosses from at least 2 of the 3 original ancient citrus species: citron, true mandarin and pomelo. These species all still exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
There is a Colombian species of Frog called Allobates Niputidea or in english, Allobates Not a Fucking Clue. This is because when discovered, the team had no idea of how to classify it. colombia.inaturalist.org/…
The tumbleweed, icon of the American West, is an invasive species, imported in contaminated flaxseed from Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
There is a spider named after Johnny Cash - "This species can be found near the area of Folsom Prison in California, and like Cash's distinctive style of dress... mature males of this species are generally black in color." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are at least 71 species of mushrooms that are capable of glowing in the dark. wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
There is a species of squid that can jump out of the water and fly in the air. Sometimes they fly in flocks of up to twenty. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
One of the most common explanations for the name Jeep comes from Popeye. In E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre comics featuring Popeye and Olive Oyl, there is a magical pet named Eugene the Jeep. Not only was his species a Jeep, but it was also the only word that would come out of his mouth. cjponyparts.com/resources…
Out of all the species that ever lived throughout all of Earth’s history, only a fraction of a percent have fossilized. Even fewer are discovered by humans. Most of life’s history will be forever unknown en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Spongiforma squarepantsii, a species of mushroom that was named after Spongebob Squarepants. It is shaped like a sea sponge and researchers said it has a β€œfruity or musty smell”. It was discovered in the forests of Borneo. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Today I Learned an ultra-rare species of blue bees has recently been redicovered after missing for 4 years. They are hyper-local species and only live around an isolated patch of sand dunes along the central Florida ridge. Before 2020, they were last seen in 2016. globalnews.ca/news/694409…
Six fossilized specimens of the semiaquatic Dinosaur Spinosaurus were discovered with two species identified (S. aegyptiacus and S. maroccanus). One specimen was destroyed during the 1944 Bombing of Munich, but detailed notes remain. Spinosaurus is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
In 2019, a rare bee that was sentenced to death by the UK government because it posed a threat to British species escaped. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
There is a species of ant that essentially use kamikaze tactics to protect their nest. When attacked, one or more workers will attach themselves to the attacker and explode their abdomen, thus releasing a toxic goo all over the attacker. These ants are aptly named Colobopsis Explodens. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There is a species of parasitic barnacle that infects crabs by burrowing into their genitals and releasing hormones that trick the crab into caring for the parasite as if it were a clutch of eggs. This can happen to both male and female crabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Ferrets don't exist in the wild; they're the domesticated form of the European polecat, and America's "black-footed ferret" is, in fact, actually a species of polecat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned that some species of Flying Squirrels in the US eat birds and carrion. nwf.org/educational-resou…
Fungi evolved before corals, and there are still many undiscovered marine species as well as terrestrial! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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