Have you been curious about which animals are capable of getting the not-so-novel coronavirus? Me too, so I’ve made a list with all of them (+ cute pictures).
As I was writing my note on which was the first adequately described mammal in 2021, I left out something. The mole was not the correct answer, so it didn’t make sense to dwell on it. But, I’d like to talk a bit about the mole and the significance of its name. Just like the first mammalian species of 2021, there’s more than meets the eye at first glance.
Alpiscaptulus medogensis goes by the common name Medog mole, and it was discovered in the Himalayas. Specifically, it was discovered in Me-tog, Tibet.
The genus name (the first part in a…
The first few months of 2021 have gifted us with the description of many species new to science, including several new mammals. But figuring out which one was first described may not be as easy as you could think.
At first glance, the honour of being the first mammal species described in 2021 would go to the Medog mole. It is a tiny mole from the Himalayas! Its scientific name is Alpiscaptulus medogensis.
Unfortunately, the authors committed a small technical infraction that could disqualify the new mole species from being considered as the first officially described species of mammal…
I have been a pet sitter and dog-walker for a few years now. When COVID-19 arrived, I found myself without a job. First, because of work-from-home orders. Then, because quite a few dog owners lost their jobs.
Until last summer, the population of hippopotamuses in Nigeria was estimated to be around 100 individuals in the whole country. That was before a team of scientists decided to check out one particular local dam, following some reports of hippos living in the area.
Kiri Dam is outside of any protected area, and it is surrounded by villages. Not ideal for a thriving hippo population. Yet, the researchers found 56 hippos living in this one dam!
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