Monthly Archive: July 2013

Difference Between Antelope and Deer

Antelope and deer appear very similar in appearance, and are thus often confused by nature enthusiasts, hunters or photographers. In fact, they are far more different genetically than you might expect. Deer are cervids, in a family of their own, while antelope are closely related to sheep and goats.

Bizarre Dietary Adaptations of Top Predators

Top predators possess a range of intimidating adaptations that place a wide range of species in their kill zone. However, dietary adaptation has led to bizarre “defections” among the ranks of carnivorous species. One species of Hyena feeds on massive quantities of tiny insects instead of other mammals, while certain birds of prey have either gone vegan, or developed exceedingly strange dietary habits.

Schwenkel: What it Really Means

Although schwenkel sounds like a Yiddish euphemism for a gentleman’s nether parts, in reality, it was just part of a medieval knight’s panoply. The schwenkel was a long banner at the top of a knight’s banner. Whether it constituted an honor or a disgrace is disputed.

Oceans Have Meadows

The hills may not really have eyes, but the oceans have actual meadows, thanks to a twist of botany. While gymnosperms (flowering plants) dominate the land, Earth’s marine shallows are dominated by seaweeds, a type of macro-algae. However, vast meadows of marine eelgrass exist, and are composed of unique flowering plants in the genus Zostera.