Thoughts on interesting nature

How many times have we heard someone say "Wow, nature is so amazing!"

Here we will briefly look at a few little droplets in this vast ocean of magnificence...

Are dragons real creatures?

UPDATED! There are a lot of references to dragons throughout history, but are dragons real? These creatures are probably based on real, living dinosaurs that are described correctly, or they have been described with the combined features of several dinosaurs, or they may be based on a real dinosaur with additional exaggerations. Written evidence from Europe and China…

Changes, what changes?

Insect fossils look very much the same as modern living insects. Why is that?
Insect fossils appear not to have changed over millions of years.
How come, for example the cockroach…

Obligate mutualism

Where two different things cannot survive without each other.
Ficus macrophylla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay Fig, comes from Australia and has an obligate mutualism with fig wasps.
This means that the figs are only pollinated by fig wasps, and fig wasps can only reproduce in fig flowers…

American Golden Plover

A first class navigator.
The young of the American Golden Plover fly 3000 miles from Alaska across the Pacific ocean to the island of Hawaii – without their parents to guide them!
Is that by designed, or trial and error…

The Grunion fish

A fish that knows the Tide Tables:
The Grunion fish of Californian beaches lays it’s eggs on land at high-tide on a full moon night, so that they get exactly the right interval of two weeks to incubate in the sand before the next extra high tide…

Amazing Spider webs

How did spiders get to have 5 or so different kinds of web silk? Here are the different types of spider webs, but not every spider would have all of these different silks: Drag-line silk to form…

The earth’s atmosphere

In all the stories describing the beginning of the earth there has not been such an emphasis put on the importance of Earth’s atmosphere as in Genesis. It is only recently in history that we have come to realise just how important it is…

Super clever bees

The amazingly ‘clever’ Bees.
How did bees learn to shape their cells with perfect mathematical accuracy, how did they learn to communicate…

Robber Crab

The Robber Crab climbs coconut trees with it’s big claws, then hammers a hole through the coconut’s ‘eye’ and then scoops out the contents with set of small claws specially adapted for the task.
The right tools for the job!…