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Measuring Intelligence and Decoding the Animal Mind

Is it possible to define animal intelligence, and if so, how? Are smarts purely inherent and genetic, or can they be obtained over time and/or expanded upon? What can we hope to achieve by determining the various forms (emotional, logical, instinctual, etc) of animal intelligence? These are some of the questions that twentieth century scientists, … Continue reading

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How long is an African elephant’s tusk?

In both male and female African elephants, tusks grow for most of an elephant’s lifetime, and are an indicator of age. About 1/3 of the tusk’s total length lies hidden inside the skull and are, in fact, elongated incisors. They are around the same length in both sexes, reaching up to 10 ft.–although those of … Continue reading

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Feather Facts

Unlike humans, who absorb vitamin D from the sun through their skin, which is then converted into vitamin D3, bird’s feathers prevent the sun from hitting their skin directly. So, in order to absorb vitamin D, they “preen” themselves: this allows them to orally ingest the vitamin. Once ingested, it is then further broken down by the body, where … Continue reading