Nocturnal birds of prey have suffered since a long time ago an unfair bad reputation that has led them in some cases to be persecuted and hated. What are these superstitions? Which is their conservation state? What can you do for them? In this article you will discover owls and the barn owl, Tyto alba, and … Continua llegint Nocturnal birds of prey: the barn owl, legends and myths
Although the first animals we think of as life partners are dogs or cats, the truth is that unfortunately many people decide to have a wild or exotic animal at home. Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, sugar gliders, fennec foxes, meerkats, raccoons, monkeys… Is it possible to have a wild animal in good condition at home? What … Continua llegint The problem of wild animals as pets
Towns and cities have increasingly become hostile to biodiversity. Fortunately, a few years ago there is a growing interest to make cities more friendly to the native fauna and flora. Discover what you can do for urban biodiversity! HOW CAN YOU HELP BIODIVERSITY OF THE CITIES? According to SEO BirdLife, 10% of the bird species … Continua llegint How can you help biodiversity of the cities?
Tall and stylish, at first sight the secretarybird reminds us of a stork or a crane: black and white plumage, long legs… but the beak and claws betray it. Beyond that they are all birds, they have little in common. Find out more about this especial bird of prey! BIRDS OF PREY Curved and powerful … Continua llegint Is it a stork? Is it an eagle? It is… the secretarybird!
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) was studied by Charles Darwin during his trip to the Galapagos Islands. Definitely, this bird is a wonder of the evolution of the species. We will know more about this amazing bird that is increasingly threatened. 1. WHERE TO FIND IT AND HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT The Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a species of bird … Continua llegint The blue-footed bird that fascinated Darwin
There’s a reptile in New Zealand whose lineage arose in the time of the dinosaurs. Even if its external appearance is similar to that of a lizard, the tuatara (whose name means “spiny back” in the Maori language) is an animal with many unique characteristics that classify it in an order different from the other reptiles. … Continua llegint Tuatara: reintroduction of a living fossil
Have you ever wondered what happens after the death of a whale? When a whale’s life ends, its body turn into a new ecosystem for many life forms. Do you want to learn more about whale falls? Which are the stages of a whale fall? Do you want to discover some incredible new species? INTRODUCTION Whales are … Continua llegint What lies beyond the death of a whale?
Did you know that in the Mediterranean Sea habitually lives 8 species of cetaceans, among dolphins and whales; in addition to other visitor and spontaneous species, such as the killer whale? In this post, a new version of “Cetaceans in the Catalan coast“, the first post published in this blog, I will give more information … Continua llegint Cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea
In this blog we have talked many times about the evolution of different groups of vertebrates: amphibians from lobe-finned fishes, birds from a group of dinosaurs, cetaceans from a group of terrestrial mammals or even about human evolution. But, when and how did vertebrates originate? The answer to this question is below. INTRODUCTION People, unconsciously, use incorrectly the term “vertebrate” because … Continua llegint The origin of vertebrates
The presence of feathers is one the main characteristics of modern birds. Currently many dinosaur fossils show us that feathers appeared long before birds. Yet the feathers that those Mesozoic animals had weren’t exactly the same as the ones current birds have. The evolution of feathers was a long and gradual process, and in this entry … Continua llegint Feathered dinosaurs: the origin of birds