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14th May '16 10:21:51 AM albertonykus
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* Fish are "cold-blooded" (ectothermic) vertebrates with gills (although tuna have attained a sort of endothermy, while lungfish have lost their gills).

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* Fish are "cold-blooded" (ectothermic) vertebrates with gills (although tuna have attained a sort of endothermy, while some lungfish have lost greatly reduced their gills).
14th May '16 5:54:52 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* Fish are vertebrates with gills.

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* Fish are "cold-blooded" (ectothermic) vertebrates with gills.gills (although tuna have attained a sort of endothermy, while lungfish have lost their gills).



* Amphibians have slimy skin and can "live on both land and water". (Not strictly true in the case of wholly aquatic amphibian species.)

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* Amphibians are "cold-blooded" (ectothermic), have slimy skin and can "live on both land and water". (Not Not strictly true in the case of wholly aquatic amphibian species.)
9th May '16 3:26:32 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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8th May '16 5:10:38 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* Biat propellers pose a serious danger to manatee populations.

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* Biat Boat propellers pose a serious danger to manatee populations.
8th May '16 5:10:07 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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!!!Hoofed mammals

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!!!Hoofed mammalsmammals (including cetaceans)
6th May '16 4:08:14 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* Earthworms can regenerate (many other invertebrates can, but earthworms are perhaps most well known for it).
** However, the common idea that cutting an earthworm in half will result in two earthworms is basically false; it's next to impossible for the half without a brain to grow a new one.

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* Earthworms can regenerate (many other invertebrates can, but earthworms are perhaps most well known for it).
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it). However, the common idea that cutting an earthworm in half will result in two earthworms is basically false; it's next to impossible for the half without a brain to grow a new one.



* If this kind of insect was the size of a human, it'd be able to jump ''this'' high/lift ''this'' much/run ''this'' fast.
** The [[SquareCubeLaw reason it can't happen]] is pretty much a stock fact too by now.

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* If this kind of insect was the size of a human, it'd be able to jump ''this'' high/lift ''this'' much/run ''this'' fast.
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fast. The [[SquareCubeLaw reason it can't happen]] is pretty much a stock fact too by now.



** ''Cladoselache'' was the first shark.

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** * ''Cladoselache'' was the first shark.



** The basking shark is the ''second'' largest.

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** * The basking shark is the ''second'' largest.



* Reptiles have dry scaly skin, are "cold blooded" (more technically, ectothermic), and lay eggs on land. (Unless you're using cladistics, in which case birds are also a specialized clade of reptiles. Not to mention that many extinct animals traditionally thought to be "reptiles" were almost certainly to some degree warm blooded.) Despite what the description of herpetology might tell you, amphibians are not reptiles, and vice versa. Reptiles are amniotes, along with mammals and birds.

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* Reptiles have dry scaly skin, are "cold blooded" "cold-blooded" (more technically, ectothermic), and lay eggs on land. (Unless you're using cladistics, in which case birds are also a specialized clade of reptiles. Not to mention that many extinct animals traditionally thought to be "reptiles" were almost certainly to some degree warm blooded.warm-blooded.) Despite what the description of herpetology might tell you, amphibians are not reptiles, and vice versa. Reptiles are amniotes, along with mammals and birds.



** The reticulated python and the anaconda are the longest and largest snake, respectively.

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** * The reticulated python and the anaconda are the longest and largest snake, respectively.



** The Gila monster and beaded lizard are the only venomous lizards. Again, ScienceMarchesOn.
* Non-venomous milk snakes and king snakes mimic venomous coral snakes.
** Red on yellow kills a fellow, red on black won't hurt Jack.

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** * The Gila monster and beaded lizard are the only venomous lizards. Again, ScienceMarchesOn.
* Non-venomous milk snakes and king snakes mimic venomous coral snakes.
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snakes. Red on yellow kills a fellow, red on black won't hurt Jack.



** ''Tyrannosaurus'' was the biggest carnivorous dinosaur. Now a victim of ScienceMarchesOn — the South American ''Giganotosaurus'' and North African ''Carcharodontosaurus'' and ''Spinosaurus'' were bigger in both length and mass.

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** * ''Tyrannosaurus'' was the biggest carnivorous dinosaur. Now a victim of ScienceMarchesOn — the South American ''Giganotosaurus'' and North African ''Carcharodontosaurus'' and ''Spinosaurus'' were may have been bigger in both length and mass.



* Birds have feathers, wings, and beaks, and most can fly. (In reality this applies more to modern birds, as many extinct birds lacked beaks. Also, many dinosaurs traditionally considered non-avian also had feathers and wings, and some may have even been able to fly.)

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* Birds have feathers, wings, wings and beaks, and most beaks. Most can fly. (In fly; all are "warm-blooded" (endothermic). In reality this applies more to modern birds, as many extinct birds lacked beaks.beaks and may have had a somewhat lower metabolism than modern birds. Also, many dinosaurs traditionally considered non-avian also had feathers and wings, and some may have even been able to fly.)



** The spine-tailed swift is the fastest flying bird in level flight.

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** * The spine-tailed swift is the fastest flying bird in level flight.



* Owls have really good hearing and can fly silently.
** They can turn their heads very far around.
** They regurgitate the fur, bones and other indigestible parts of their prey as "furballs" (often implied to be unique to owls, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellet_(ornithology) this is false]]).
** They fly at night, whereas other birds of prey (traditionally called "falconiforms") hunt during the day ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_owl it's not]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter-winged_kite that simple]]).

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* Owls have really good hearing and can fly silently.
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silently. They can turn their heads very far around.
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around. They regurgitate the fur, bones and other indigestible parts of their prey as "furballs" (often implied to be unique to owls, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellet_(ornithology) this is false]]).
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false]]). They fly at night, whereas other birds of prey (traditionally called "falconiforms") hunt during the day ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_owl it's not]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter-winged_kite that simple]]).



** Vultures will circle a dying animal, biding their time before the banquet.
** American vultures are more closely related to storks than to other raptors (very likely false).

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** * Vultures will circle a dying animal, biding their time before the banquet.
** * American vultures are more closely related to storks than to other raptors (very likely false).



** Flamingos resemble both storks and geese, resulting in confusion surrounding their relationships (ScienceMarchesOn, as molecular analyses unanimously unite them with grebes).

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** * Flamingos resemble both storks and geese, resulting in confusion surrounding their relationships (ScienceMarchesOn, as molecular analyses unanimously unite them with grebes).



** Baby pigeons eat "pigeon milk" regurgitated by their parents.
** Prior to its extinction in 1914, the passenger pigeon was the most common bird in North America.

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** * Baby pigeons eat "pigeon milk" regurgitated by their parents.
** * Prior to its extinction in 1914, the passenger pigeon was the most common bird in North America.



* A canary will never find a mate if it cannot sing.
** Only male canaries sing.

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* A canary will never find a mate if it cannot sing.
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sing. Only male canaries sing.



* Mammals have hair or fur and nurse their young with milk. Most don't lay eggs. (Not so with Mesozoic mammals, most of which were probably egg layers.)

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* Mammals have hair or fur and fur, nurse their young with milk.milk and are "warm-blooded" (endothermic). Most don't lay eggs. (Not Not so with Mesozoic mammals, most of which were probably egg layers.)layers and may have had a slightly lower metabolism than modern mammals.




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* Biat propellers pose a serious danger to manatee populations.



** Chimpanzees are very aggressive as adults. Male chimps will slaughter their rivals' babies.

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** * Chimpanzees are very aggressive as adults. Male chimps will slaughter their rivals' babies.
5th May '16 8:34:13 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** The duck-billed platypus is one of the few living mammals that lay eggs. It also looks like a MixAndMatchCritter. Males are venomous. They were originally thought to be a hoax.
** Echidnas are the only other living mammals that lay eggs.

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** * The duck-billed platypus is one of the few living mammals that lay eggs. It also looks like a MixAndMatchCritter. Males are venomous. They were originally thought to be a hoax.
** * Echidnas are the only other living mammals that lay eggs.



** Opossums have prehensile tails. They're also idiots, as they have a small, simpler brain.
* Koalas are not bears. And they eat eucalyptus leaves to get moisture. Also, they ''only'' eat eucalyptus leaves. If they eat enough eucapyptus they will get stoned and fall out of trees. Their appendixes are twice as long as their bodies.
** Parodied/subverted in an OldeEnglish sketch, a Nature {{Mockumentary}} called "I Hate Nature". ''"Everyone knows that koalas eat eucalyptus leaves, but few people know why. The reason is that koalas are boring and they suck. No imagination."''

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** * Opossums have prehensile tails. They're also idiots, as they have a small, simpler brain.
* Koalas are not bears. And they eat eucalyptus leaves to get moisture. Also, they ''only'' eat eucalyptus leaves. If they eat enough eucapyptus they will get stoned and fall out of trees. Their appendixes are twice as long as their bodies.
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bodies. Parodied/subverted in an OldeEnglish Olde English sketch, a Nature {{Mockumentary}} called "I Hate Nature". ''"Everyone knows that koalas eat eucalyptus leaves, but few people know why. The reason is that koalas are boring and they suck. No imagination."''



* A camel can survive for days without drinking

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* A camel can survive for days without drinkingdrinking.
5th May '16 8:32:05 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** The fin whale is the second largest animal ever.

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** * The fin whale is the second largest animal ever.
5th May '16 8:24:27 AM albertonykus
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* Porcupines don't shoot their quills. They aren't closely related to hedgehogs.

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* Beavers cut down trees to build dams and lodges. The entrance to their lodges is located underwater. They warn conspecifics of danger by slapping their tail against the surface of the water.
* Porcupines don't shoot their quills. They aren't closely related to hedgehogs.
* North American porcupines have a craving for salt and are known to cause damage to human belongings due to this, as they go after the salt left by human sweat.
5th May '16 3:28:21 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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!!!Non-cetacean ungulates

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!!!Non-cetacean ungulates!!!Hoofed mammals



** A camel's hump is filled with fat, not water. The metabolism of fatty acids produces a large quantity of water, which is what allows a camel to survive for so long without dying from dehydration.

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** * A camel's hump is filled with fat, not water. The metabolism of fatty acids produces a large quantity of water, which is what allows a camel to survive for so long without dying from dehydration.



** The white rhinoceros was named because the Dutch word for "wide" (referring to its broad lips) was confused with "white" ([[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/01/15/name-of-the-white-rhino/ probably not true]]).

!!!Cetaceans

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** * The white rhinoceros was named because the Dutch word for "wide" (referring to its broad lips) was confused with "white" ([[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/01/15/name-of-the-white-rhino/ probably not true]]).

!!!Cetaceans
true]]).
* Hyraxes are closely related to elephants and sea cows.
* Elephants (specifically, the African elephant) are the largest land mammals. They are also the only quadrupeds that cannot jump, excluding rhinos, hippos, sloths, tortoises… and in Nairobi there is an elephant jumping festival that implies that African elephants at least can jump.



** The wolverine is {{badass}} and can chase off much larger predators.
* The tiger is the largest big cat, and one of the few which like water. It doesn't live in Africa.
** The jaguar is the ''other'' big cat that likes water. It also doesn't live in Africa.

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** * The wolverine is {{badass}} and can chase off much larger predators.
* The tiger is the largest big cat, and one of the few which like water. It doesn't live in Africa.
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Africa. The jaguar is the ''other'' big cat that likes water. It also doesn't live in Africa.



** Bears are apt to be irritable and dangerous if you run into in the spring right after they have woken up, without having eaten in months.

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** * Bears are apt to be irritable and dangerous if you run into in the spring right after they have woken up, without having eaten in months.



* Hyraxes are closely related to elephants and sea cows.
* Elephants (specifically, the African elephant) are the largest land mammals. They are also the only quadrupeds that cannot jump.
** They are the only quadruped that cannot jump, excluding rhinos, hippos, sloths, tortoises...and in Nairobi there is an elephant jumping festival that implies that African elephants at least can jump.
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