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Guest Blog: Stephen Graham Jones

Guest Blog: Stephen Graham Jones

Read a guest blog from Stephen Graham Jones, author of the surreal coming-of-age story, Mongrels!

The Hoatzin

The Hoatzin

I’ve done a few posts about amazing animals in the past, but I have to admit, the Hoatzin is rather special, because it has several features that makes it unique in the Class Aves. The species has a digestive system unique amongst birds. They are wholly vegetarian, which is unusual in itself. To cope with […]

The Golden Wheel Spider and the Cartwheel Spider

The Golden Wheel Spider and the Cartwheel Spider

I have a confession to make; even though I am a zoologist, I am frightened of large, hairy spiders. I’ve always had this theory is was the way they walk … and now I know this is the truth of the matter. There are two African spiders that can cartwheel or roll in certain situations, […]

Talk to the Animals

Talk to the Animals

Doctor Dolittle wanted to talk with the animals. As a child, I just accepted the fact that the animals wanted to talk back. These days, I can’t help feeling that if wild animals could talk, most would ask us to leave them and their habitats alone. But the Doctor Dolittle books did get one thing […]

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

As long term readers will know, I always try to provide a light-hearted article for the December Science Page, and this year I found the perfect topic: singing mice.  If you ever watched the movie ‘Babe’, you will know that there was a Greek Chorus of charming mice. Imagine my surprise and delight when I […]

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