Birds (Aves or avian dinosaurs) range in size and weight from the 5 cm (2 inches) and 1.6-2 grams bee hummingbird to the 2.75 meters (9 feet) and 104-156 kg (229-344 lbs) ostrich. Here are the 15 largest birds in the world (the largest living bird species).
Category Archives: Evolution
The Visual History of Fish
Everybody knows most life came from the water, but how did it start? And how did it get where it is now? In this article, we cover approximately 200 million years of fish evolution, from the first pre-vertebral filter feeders to the first tetrapod walking on land to the development of modern sharks – and …
Are today’s monkeys evolving into humans? No, here’s why
A frequently asked question: are today’s monkeys evolving into humans? The answer is no, and here’s why.
Researchers Created the Largest-Ever Human Family Tree and it has 231 Million Ancestral Lineages
Researchers from the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford in England used DNA analysis to create the largest human family tree ever, dating back 100,000 years. They published their study titled “A unified genealogy of modern and ancient genomes” in the journal Science.
All the “tree of life” was unveiled online, and it’s stunning!
It’s like the Google Earth of Evolution: OneZoom tree of life explorer enables you to navigate on all the leaves and branches of life on Earth, and how all the species are related. Using the tool, you can go back (or forward) in time via common ancestors.
Tiger Facts: 20 interesting things about the largest panther in the world
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is probably one of the most exotic and beautiful animals in the world. It is one of the five species classified in the genus Panthera, the others being the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard (see notes 1). Here are 20 amazing tiger facts.
Largest snakes in the world [No BS list!]
Like crocodiles, snakes also suffer from a prevalence of “big fish” stories and over-exaggeration in the internet era. In fact, it is very difficult to measure how large actually a snake is, especially if it’s really big. So, how big are the longest snakes actually? Here’s the list of the largest snakes in the world.
Competition and Cooperation in Evolution
Despite the old adage “nice guys finish last”, cooperation is common in life – from the scale of genes or cells through to entire societies. Although these two ideas seem to contradict each other, Dr. Egbert Giles Leigh Jr. has demonstrated throughout his career at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama that working together …
Why Crocodiles today look the same as they did 200 million years ago?
One of the most enduring tropes about crocodiles is to describe them as “living fossils”. They are cold, slow-moving, and scaly, so they look like how one might picture a dinosaur. Like many clichés, there is an element of truth to this comparison. The crocodiles from 200 million years ago look surprisingly like the ones …
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Funky Smells, Strange Sounds, and Weird Sights: Evolutionary Explanations About Our Senses
The world looked very different for early humans, and their daily life was vastly different from that of people living in the 21st century. Our five senses, once crucial to our survival, are easy to take for granted. For most modern humans, food is easily accessed, and we spend the bulk of our time indoors, …
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