WHO WEARS PANTS?

 Wattled Jacana – Jacana jacana  (Linnaeus, 1766) Who wear pants. We used to think that investing in the care of offspring is a female exclusive and that the courtship and reproductive behaviour of males are largely attempts to exploit the investment of resources for women. In some cases, however, the…

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GLOWING FIZZY DRINK

THE GATES OF HELL lava     For most of the twentieth century, the central enigma of volcanology was not about the behavior of volcanic mountains, but their origins in depth. It began to shed light on these phenomena at the beginning of the sixties, when the theory of plate…

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A SPECIES IN DANGER, A FOREST IN DANGER

  The squirrel or common Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris, Linnaeus 1758) One of the major threats to biodiversity is the spread of alien species (species transported outside of its distribution capabilities for the direct or indirect action of man): animals and plants introduced into new environments where they often…

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SEA DRAGONS

Draghi marini

  In the seas of the Triassic lived five major groups of marine reptiles: Pachypleurosauria, Placodontia, Nothosauria, Plesiosauria and Ichthyosauria. Each group is adapted to aquatic life in a very different way and altogether represent an important adaptive radiation to aquatic predators whose origins are probably independent.     Pachypleurosaurs…

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A “REAL” DANCER

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba, Linnaeus 1758) The White Wagtail is present almost everywhere in Europe. It is a small bird, with slender and elegant shape, long on average 18 cm and weights 23 grams. It has thin paws and a long and slender tail; the livery is grey but with…

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LIFE IN A DROP OF WATER

Acroperus harpae (Baird, 1834), Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Crustacea, Order Cladocerans Plankton (from greek πλαγκτόν, that vagabond) is the category that includes the ecological complex of aquatic floating organisms, not being able to actively directing their movement (at least in the horizontal direction), are passively transported by currents and wave action.…

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ARDEIDAE

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, Linnaeus 1758) Ardeidae is a family of birds Ciconiiformes including 19 genera and about sixty species, widespread in all tropical and temperate regions of the world. Ardeidae includes birds commonly known as Herons, Egrets, Night Herons, Bitterns, Little Bittern, etc. Small, medium or large, the Ardeidae possess…

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DO NOT CALL THEM DINOSAURS

Non chiamateli dinosauri

   Pterosaurs and dinosaurs belong to the group of Ornithodira, but are classified under two different superorders, the Pterosauromorpha and the Dinosauromorpha. The genetic distance between them is therefore the same as between a bear and a flying lemur. Define pterosaurs “Flying Dinosaurs” is therefore incorrect. The word “pterosaur” means…

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