July 26, 2011
No, but they apparently have Irish ancestors.
According to a recent study, evidence points to the Polar bear being a relative of the Irish brown bear, who lived 45,000 years ago, during the last ice age.
While the Irish brown bears are now exinct, they apparently bred with ancestral Polar bears, resulting in the Polar bears today. How do they know this? No, the Polar bear did not appear on one of those daytime chat shows where people announce who their baby daddy is (and fat lot of good it’ll do the Polar bear, since the Irish brown bear has gone and done the ultimate disappearance act by being extinct), but the Irish brown bear has left a unique DNA mark that shows in modern Polar bears.
This is pretty cool since brown bears and polar bears today are very different, and not only in fur colour, but in tooth structure, size and of course, in habitat.
Whether this means that Polar bears can now claim citizenship to Ireland is yet to be seen…
You can read more about it at Ask.com here.
July 18, 2011
Who knew? Certainly not anyone until very recently. Sure we know dolphins are smart, and that goldfish actually have memories longer than 6 seconds (actually I only found that out recently. Apparently they have memories of up to a few months, which is probably why the fish you were annoying when you were a kid kept giving you the fishy version of the side eye whenever you passed his bowl for weeks after the event). But fish using tools?
Yes, fish have been found in Australia that use tools.
A professional diver, Scott Gardner, took the photos of the blackspot turkfish using a rock as a smashing tool to get to the delicious morsels inside cockle shells.
It’s pretty amazing, and you can click here to read the article in National Geographic.
Personally, I’m worried about what’s going to happen when they pass the stone age and move on up! And if this is what this fish is doing, what have the dolphins been up to? Between you and me, I think it’s high time we treat all dolphins with respect, otherwise there may be a dolphin coup on our hands in a few years…
November 11, 2010
We didn’t know, either, bt the thoughts and scientific findings behind it are fascinating.
To find out, click here to read Laura Klappenbach’s article on the subject at about.com.
July 5, 2010
Not only was today the 4th of July, but it’s also Koko the gorilla’s 39th birthday!
If that’s not a reason to really enjoy the fireworks then I don’t know what is.
Koko is the amazing gorilla who can understand and sign around 1,000 words and understand around 2,000 English words. So, Koko, happy birthday, and here’s to you helping save your wonderful species.
If you’d like to learn more about Koko and gorillas, click here, for a brilliant starting point.