The number of orchid species is about four times the number of mammal species, or more than twice the number of bird species. Bulbophyllum, Cattleya , Paphiopedilum (aka Slipper Orchid,), Vanda, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis… there are just too many orchid species that it seems like a mission impossible to tell apart the different species of this
Intelligence – it is hard to avoid believing that those animals most similar to us in appearance and behaviour are those species that constitute some of the highest intelligence. But when delving into the behaviour of chimpanzees, this case is most certainly true as we have began to unravel and discover the impressive intellect of
Depending on the animal – size, shape, diet and anatomy all play interference in the establishment of the way animals treat and eat their prey. Funky, gross and even creepy methods have evolved and become widespread across the kingdom. We can see swallowing prey whole, sucking out the insides, killing and tearing apart, eating alive
Welcome to the world’s largest natural rock chamber – accessible by a beautiful planked walk through the buzzing jungle of Mulu, and home to some of the most bizarrely adapted cave species is Deer Cave. Imagine it, its 5pm and the sun is rising in the exciting air of Borneo. The sky dangerously suddenly becomes
Biologically there are three sexes: female, male and intersex. The sex of a creature is defined by internal and external bodies, sexual anatomy, chromosomes and hormones. Although most of animals fit into either female or male category, intersex in animal kingdom is more common than you might think. It can be represented in many different
Money can’t grow on trees or can it? A recent discovery in Clayton, Australia proves that it is possible to find gold in tree leaves. Gold discovery has significantly dropped over the last ten years, and it is more expensive to find new gold sites. This situation has raised concerns that there wouldn’t be enough
Extinct animals have always fascinated mankind. They are so similar to current fauna, yet so different. The fact that they are extinct makes us to perceive them as fantasy creatures. Wooly mammoths right now are as real as unicorns. However, scientists are as curious and intrigued about these extinct beasts as we are, so they
Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeek, but what does the fox say? A Norwegian variety duo Ylvis released a song that asks this question, and surprisingly, in just a month the video on YouTube has reached more than 100 million viewers. Some people love this video and think
When you think about music in Central America, passionate latino music rhythms can come to your mind. However, even the tiniest creatures out there can create an impressive forest opera. Deep into the misty rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica live two mice species that are getting more and more popular thanks to their sopranino
On the September 5th, 2013, a team of marine geologists lead by professor William Sager discovered the largest volcano on Earth – Tamu Massif which is now inactive. Its name is an abbreviation of Texas A&M Universtiy, where Sager was previously working. It is located about 2 km (6.500 ft) deep in the Pacific
Sometimes trees grow in unusual shapes, sometimes these shapes are surprisingly similar to us, humans. Folklore from different cultures often mention talking trees such as ents from Tolkien’s works that interact with humans. It is very possible that stories of anthropomorphic trees were inspired by real trees that are similar to humans by appearance.
Sea snakes inhabit the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. these animals that have evolved from terrestrial ancestors, and during their adaptation to aquatic lifestyle, almost all species have lost their ability to move on land. However, unlike fish they don’t have gills and have to surface to breathe.
There is a spectacular cave that is located just below Rocky Mountains. It is safe to say that this cave is not a small one, as it is 140 meter deep. Breathtaking icy chasm provides a unique experience indeed. When you are navigating across the glacial floor, it looks as if you are flying. It