The Pygmy Marmoset.

The pygmy marmoset is a tiny primate that is native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. At just 100 grams, the pygmy marmoset is known to be the smallest known species of monkey in the world. It averages at about 15cm in height with a 20cm long tail behind it. The […]

‘Back from Extinction’ Gilbert’s Potoroo 216.

Gilbert’s potoroo was only rediscovered in 1994. (Credit: Bill Hatcher) She’s known simply as 216. But she’s unquestionably special, and as the small, black bag is peeled back to reveal her long snout and large dark eyes she’s greeted with a hushed ripple of reverential “oohs” and “aahs”. This is the 216th Gilbert’s potoroo to […]

Does Australia’s Kelpie have a dash of Dingo?

Australian kelpies hard at work. Photo: The Australian kelpie is famed as a working dog. (ABC News) by Tim Lee The Australian kelpie is acclaimed as the best all-round stock dog in the world, but the breed’s origins have long been shrouded in mystery — now a new book claims to have found some vital […]

Three Aussie Native Bubs.

A baby Australian Wallaby.  The tiniest and strangest little baby you’ll ever see. The Platypus. Look of the size of this baby Koala. Simply amazing. via Buzzfeed Australia.

Monarch Butterflies travel by the Sun and Compass.

When monarch butterflies wing their way south to central Mexico each fall, they use the sun to ensure that they stay on course. But how they head in the right direction on cloudy days has been a mystery—until now. It turns out they use Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. It’s […]

This Giant Weta Loves Carrots.

The Giant Weta, photo by Mark Moffett/Corbis You know that scene in the newish King Kong where those folks get eaten alive in a pit of giant insects? It’s a damn character assassination, through and through. The huge cricket-like bugs among them are based on the giant weta, the heaviest reliably reported insect on Earth, […]

Gunnison, Colorado: the town that dodged the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Spanish influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, United States in 1918. Photograph: Associated Press In late 1918 the world’s greatest killer – Spanish flu – roared towards Gunnison, a mountain town in Colorado. The pandemic was infecting hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Africa, Asia and across the United […]

It Killed anyone.

The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed well over 50 million people around the world. The image above shows people playing baseball while wearing masks. The crowd wear masks as well. And that reflects the most terrifying and devastating aspect of the 1918 pandemic in a way the other pictures don’t: It killed anyone. Young, healthy […]

The Happy Snubfin Dolphin.

Article and Photo by Alex Brown, Doctoral candidate at Murdoch University in Western Australia. The snubfin dolphin appears to smile from its smooth, round head, like an old friend who’s lost his hair but still has an abundance of happiness to share. Of course, that’s reading a lot from the unusual – for a dolphin […]

‘Extinct’ New Guinea Big Eared Bat re-surfaces.

The bat reappeared in Papua New Guinea, according to a new study When the New Guinea big-eared bat, which hadn’t been seen for over a century, was captured, it hadn’t even been hiding. In fact, student researchers Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow from the University of Queensland trapped the bat in Papua New Guinea in […]