mammal size

Animal Superlatives: Mammal Size

Mammals can have a wide range of different dimensions from the weight of a coin to the multiple of a bus’ weight. Elephants and whales for instance have become really big over the time, while primates have always been extremely small. Scientists seem to have found the reason of difference in mammal size. Studies on mammal size A theory made by an interdisciplinary group lead by Jordan Okie from University of Arizona has recently found some answers. They have studies the reason why certain organisms end up gigantic and others don’t. An international research group of paleontologists, biologists and ecologists have studied how fast different species grow. Based on these information they could predict how big they were going to […]

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Faster then a motorbike: the cheetah

Cheetahs are big cats living in Africa and South-East Asia. As opposed to most big cat species, they have slender bodies. They have been known to be the fastest land animals, being able to reach speeds up to 70-74 mph. They can go 0 to 60 mph in only 3 secs. According to a study, in addition to speed, a cheetah’s ability to accelerate, slow down or change direction makes it an outstanding hunter. A group of scientists from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK, led by Alan Wilson studied a group of wild cheetahs in Delta Okavango, Botswana. They attached GPS devices and accelerometers to 367 animals and surveyed them for a period of a year. The top speed […]

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