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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Neanderthal- the extinct cavemen

-is an extinct member of the Homo genus
-known from Pleistocene specimens found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia
-classified as a subspecies of human(Homo sapiens Neanderthalensis) or as a separate
species (Homo Neanderthalensis)
-Neanderthals were named after "Neander Valley", where the first Neanderthal were
-Neanderthal skulls were first discovery in Engis, Belgium (1829), and in Forbes'
Quarry, Gibraltar (1848)
-for more information, go to

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Gnome- mythical or real

- gnomes feature in the legends of many of central, northern and eastern European lands
by other names:
+ kaukis is a Prussian gnome
+ babegazi is a gnome-like creature with big feet in the traditions of France and
+ vættir is a Iceland gnomes
-according to the certain medieval beliefs, gnomes were deformed with a hunchback, and
were led by their king, Gob, who ruled with his magic sword
-there are many claims from people about gnomes. People claiming that they saw the
living gnomes starting year 1917 until October 2008. Some sightings were recorded in
-for more information, go to

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Caspian Tiger a.k.a Persian Tiger

-Caspian tiger was the westernmost subspecies of tiger found in Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and
-it apparently became extinct in the late 1950s
-it have strong legs, large, wide paws, large claws, has a yellow-gold color over
the back and flanks, while the sides of the body are lighter than the back and the
striping also varies from light to dark brown,chest and abdomen is white with
yellow stripes, while the facial area is yellow with brown stripes on the forehead
and obvious white patches around the eyes and cheeks
-it coloration resemble to Bengal Tiger
-male tiger were large and weighed 169-240kg
-female tiger were weighed 85-135kg

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Dinosaur: Dilophosaurus

-Dilophosaurus was a theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic
-the name is (pronounced /daɪˌlɒfəˈsɔrəs/ ("dy-LOH-fo-sawr-us") meaning 'two-crested
lizard', because it had two crests (Greek di meaning 'two', lophos meaning 'crest'
and sauros meaning 'lizard')
-the first specimens were described in 1954, but it was not until a decade later
that the genus received its current name
- Dilophosaurus have appeared several times in popular culture, most
prominently as the creature that eats Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park
-the creatures have also appeared in novels such as Carnosaur and numerous video
games; the interpretations of Dilophosaurus in these adaptations are
usually erroneous

-for more informaton, go to:Dilophosaurus

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thylacine-one of the famous extinct animal

-Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus, pronounced /ˈθaɪləsaɪn/)was the largest
known carnivorous marsupial of modern times
-native to Australia and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th
-it is commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger (due to its striped
back), the Tasmanian Wolf, and colloquially the
Tassie(or Tazzy)Tiger or simply the Tiger
-it was the last extanct member of its genus, Thylacinus, although a number
of related species have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early

-for more information, go to:Thylacine

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Black Hole-owner of powerful gravitational field

-is a region of space i which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing
can escape after having fallen past the event horizon
-the name comes from the fact that even electromagnetic radiation (e.g. light) is
unable to escape, rendering the interior invisible
-black holes can be detected if they interact with matter outside the event horizon,
for example by drawing in gas from an orbiting star
-gas spirals inward, heating up to very high temperatures and emitting large
amounts of radiation in the process

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cryptobotany:Man-eating tree-Madagascar carnivorous plants and Umbdhlebi-not found since first reported

Man-Eating Tree
-Man-eating tree can refer to any of various legendary carnivorous plants that are
large enough to kill and consume a person or other large animal
-no such plant is known to exist, though a variety of unconfirmed reports have been
-presently, the carnivorous plant with the largest known traps is probably Nepenthes
rajah, which produces pitchers up to 35 cm (14 inches) in height and will sometimes
consume small mammals

-Umdhlebi is an unverified plant species purported to originate in Zululand, South
Africa. It was first reported in the journal Nature on November 2, 1882 by Reverend
G. W. Parker, a missionary in South Africa, who said the plant was poisonous.
-according to Parker, Zulus sacrificed sheep and goats to the tree to calm the evil
-as of July 18, 2007, no specimen of the Umdhlebi has ever been recovered, and other
than 19th century anecdotal evidence no further verification is known to exist
-the Umdhlebi is described as having large, fragile green leaves, and two layers of
bark - a dead outer layer that hung off the tree, and a new living layer that grew
beneath it
-the fruit of the tree was reported to be red and black, and to hang from branches
like small poles

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