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Mary Anning

Mary Anning and her Brother Discovered the First Ichthyosaur Fossil When She was Only 12 Years Old. She Eventually Discovered Many More Fossils that Revolutionalized the Field of Paleontology. Unfortunately, She Did Not Get Full Credit for Her Discoveries Because She was a Woman.

According to recent studies, only 19.4% of all paleontologists are women. Women have made several critical discoveries. However, most of them have not been recognized due to working in a male-dominated field. But do you know who the mother of paleontology is? Mary Anning, at the age of 12, discovered the first ichthyosaur fossil with …

Mary Anning and her Brother Discovered the First Ichthyosaur Fossil When She was Only 12 Years Old. She Eventually Discovered Many More Fossils that Revolutionalized the Field of Paleontology. Unfortunately, She Did Not Get Full Credit for Her Discoveries Because She was a Woman. Read More »

Asteroid Dinosaurs

The Chicxulub Crater is the Result of an Asteroid Impact That Caused the Dinosaur Extinction. The Event Set 70% of the World’s Forests on Fire and Caused Tsunamis That Rose to a Height of 300 Feet.

A six-mile-wide asteroid called the Chicxlub slammed into the waters of Mexico that triggered the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and 70% of all Earth’s species. But did you know about the massive crater the asteroid created? The asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs ignited 70% of the world’s forests, caused tsunamis that rose …

The Chicxulub Crater is the Result of an Asteroid Impact That Caused the Dinosaur Extinction. The Event Set 70% of the World’s Forests on Fire and Caused Tsunamis That Rose to a Height of 300 Feet. Read More »

Giant Tortoise

Where Did Scientists Find Giant Tortoises After Thinking They Were Extinct for Over A Century?

Tortoises are reptiles of the order Testudines, belonging to the family Testudinidae. They are different from turtles by being entirely terrestrial. Many other turtle species are at least partially aquatic. Tortoises have a shell to protect them from predators and other threats. They retract their necks and heads directly back into the shell, as do …

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How Do Crocodiles Lure Birds?

While containing many distinguishable physical characteristics, both crocodiles and alligators possess a similar, yet rare, hunting predatory behavior that allows them to fool nest-building birds. In a 2013 study, researchers found that the Crocodylus palustris and the Alligator mississipiensis use tools to capture their prey.  Crocodiles and alligators lure birds by stacking and balancing twigs …

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Did Humans Come From Reptiles?

Many experts debate the development and evolution of hair, feathers, and scales. To contrast against the idea, a paper written by Nicolas Di Poï and Michel C. Milinkovitch proposed the linkage of all three skin appendages, explaining the common ancestry of amniotes.  In a 2016 study, researchers have suggested that mammals, birds, and reptiles share …

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How Big Are Velociraptors?

The sickle-clawed dinosaur that once inhabited central and eastern Asia 99 million years ago has gained popularity after being highlighted in the Jurassic World Movie series. But did you know their size in the movie was fictional? Real Velociraptors are actually significantly smaller than what we think. In the Jurassic World movie, the velociraptors measure …

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If you remove a box turtle from the wild and don’t put them back in the location you found them they will most likely die looking for their home

Box Turtle Conservation Box turtles have unfortunate seen better days in the wild. Various factors, most of them human-related such as exports for the pet trade and loss of habitat is causing the population of box turtles to dwindle. Because of this, it’s important to know about the threat and what we can do to …

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