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Pliocene (Pt 15): Life on the Australian Grasslands
Kolopsis , a diprotodontid At the dawn of the Pliocene, Australia was a relatively green continent, with plenty of rich, tropical and subtropical, vegetation. That changed as millions of years passed, with the continent becoming steadily drier and the grass...

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Scaring Off Snakes
Animals would, on the whole, prefer not to be eaten. As a result, they have evolved a number of ways of avoiding this fate. Being particularly large and fearsome is one tactic - very little eats lions, after all - but that obviously won't work for more most...

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Pandas in Cages
Zoos have changed a lot since their inception in the 19th century. (Obviously, collections of wild exotic animals have been around for thousands of years, but the first "zoological garden" in the modern sense was arguably London Zoo, which opened its gates ...

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Pinnipeds: The Difference Between Seals and Sea Lions
Otariid (above) and Phocid (below) Mammals, being air-breathing animals, mostly live on land. Even when they hunt or graze for food in the water, they generally return to dry ground to do things like sleeping. Nonetheless, an aquatic lifestyle has evolved s...

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A Brief History of the Superworld RPG, by Steve Perrin.

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Fossilised Hedgehog Ankles?
Many moons ago, back when I was at University (and studying zoology formally, instead of just as a hobby), the great majority of invertebrate-eating, non-flying, placental mammals were placed in a single group, the Insectivores. Even then there was some sus...

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Some Thoughts on Dire Wolves
Yesterday, after watching some early episodes of season six of Game of Thrones , my thoughts turned to dire wolves. Clearly the dire wolves in that show are not the same as the animals of the same name portrayed in the classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons . But t...

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Socially Awkward Mice
Many mammals have complex social lives, in which they have to interact with others of their kind in a multitude of different ways. Even those that predominantly live alone still require some degree of social interaction, especially during the breeding seaso...
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