Month: October 2010

Tarbosaurus

The Tarbosaurus (or “terrifying lizard") is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaurs that were lived in Asia at the end of the Late Cretaceous Period, which was about 70 to 65 million years ago. The Tarbosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are considered as very close relatives, if not possibly the same. The closest relative to this dinosaur

Andalusian Horse

Also known as the Pure Spanish Horse (PRE), the Andalusian Horse is a breed that was developed in the Iberian Peninsula. In fact, its ancestors have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years. Due to its long history, it has been recognised as an individual breed since the 15th century and it

Parrot Bush

The Parrot Bush is a shrub or tree species that belongs to the genus, Banksia. This plant is found throughout south-west Western Australia. It was first collected in 1801 at King George Sound, and was described 9 years later by Robert Brown as Dryandra floribunda. Joseph Knight had actually published the flower as Josephia sessils

Iguanodon

The Iguanodon (or Iguana tooth) is a genus of ornithopod dinosaurs. There are many different species of Iguanodons, dating back from the Kimmeridgian age in the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age in the Late Cretaceous Period from North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, research from this century has confirmed that there was

Thoroughbred

One of the most famous horse breeds are the Thoroughbred. Although the term actually refers to any pure-bred horse, it technically refers to the Thoroughbred breed only, which is best known for its use in the horse racing industry. They are a ‘hot blooded’ horse, which means that they are agile, spirited, and speedy. Thoroughbreds

Silky Sifaka

One of the largest lemurs in the world is the Silky Sifaka. It is characterised by its long and silky white fur. It is native to north-eastern Madagascar, where is it known by the locals as ‘simpona’. It is also one of the rarest mammals on earth, and it is listed by the International Union

Nuthatch

Nuthatches are small birds that belong to the genus, Sitta. They are numerous members of the genus Sitta, and the nuthatch was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. There are many varieties of nuthatches Most nuthatches live in temperate or montane woodlands in the Northern Hemisphere. Two of the nuthatch species have adapted to

Mourning Dove

The mourning dove is one of the most abundant birds in North America. It was formerly known as the Carolina Turtledove or the Carolina Pigeon, but nowadays it is called the American Turtle Dove, Western Turtle Dove, or the Rain Dove. It is also the most popular gamebird, with more than 70 million mourning doves

Silky Shark

The silky shark is a type of requiem shark that is named after its silky smooth skin texture. It is one of the most abundant pelagic sharks in the world that can be found in tropical waters. This shark was first described and published by the Johannes Muller and Jakob Henle in 1839. These German

New South Wales Waratah

The New South Wales waratah, also known as just waratah, is a large shrub. It is also native to the Australian state of New South Wales, and is also their floral emblem. As a result, it has featured prominently in architecture, art, and advertising. The Waratahs are also New South Wales’ Rugby Union team, and

Acorn Banksia

Also known as the Orange Banksia, the Acorn Banksia is a tree or shrub species of the genus Banksia. It was first described by the English Botanist, John Lindley, in 1840. It was thought that he collected the materials from James Drummond in 1839. There are actually no recognised varieties of Acorn Banksias, also it

Willie Wagtail

The Willie Wagtail is a common bird that is native to Australia, New Zealand, the Bismark Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, and eastern Indonesia. It was first described by John Latham in 1801. This bird was also referred to by John Gould and other writers as the Black and White Fantail. However, Willie Wagtail actually became

Comb jellies

Comb jellies are a phylum of animal that can be found living in marine waters around the world. Their most distinctive feature is their ‘combs’. They are also the largest animal that swim by means of cilia, with adults ranging from a mere few millimetres to a whopping 1.5 metres in size. A comb jelly

Sponge

Although we see sponges every day in various uses such as in the form of a loofah or foam, it does not come across to us as what it really is. Sponges are actually an animal, which belongs to the phylum Porifera. Their bodies consist of a jelly-like material called mesohyl which are sandwiched between

Hawksbill Turtle

The hawksbill turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle that can be found all over the world. It even has several subspecies belonging to the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This turtle's head looks a bit like a hawks As it is a turtle, it looks just like any other marine turtle. It has a