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Heart in the Head – Brain in the Tail

Where is the heart and where is the brain?

Even a zoologist like myself can be puzzled at times by claims some people make. Said a colleague of mine to me the other day for instance: “Why don’t you write about the heart in the head of the giraffe some day?Continue reading

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Faecal Frolics

Can excrement be exciting?

On one of our walks my little daughter learned an important lesson: you can step on stones, logs, and even empty beer cans, but not on fresh cowpats. Animal faeces from different species differ from one another in form, colour, consistency and smell and are often shaped according to the hind-gut passage they have been released from. Continue reading