Category: animals

What Were Cats Called in Indo-European?

And some other animals’ names, too

In Deep Waters, There Be Monsters

Animals who live in polar waters or deep-sea waters tend to evolve into bigger animals than related species who live in shallower waters, in a phenomenon known as “polar gigantism.” Exactly why this happens is unknown.

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Westmoreland Recorder, Kansas, July 31, 1913

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The Picture Magazine, 1894

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The Picture Magazine, 1893

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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, August 16, 1934

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In German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, and Ta…

In German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania) during World War I, soldiers painted this pony to resemble one of the local zebras so it could be tethered in the open without being shot. The Imperial War Museum adds, “Two white ponies behind anxiously await their makeovers.”

Byeee

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, May 26, 1907

 

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Everybody’s Dog

The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin, September 15, 1934

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Europe Once Had Giant Ostrichs

These flightless birds were 11 feet tall and weighed nearly half a ton at an estimated 450 kilograms. For context: the ostrich is he largest bird on earth and adult ostriches weigh just 150 kilos (330 lbs).

The Pachystruthio dmanisensis was discovered using a femur bone found in 2018 on the Crimean Peninsula, in the northern Black Sea. Based on other animal remains found in the same cave this particular dmanisensis is estimated to have died between 1.5 and 2 million years ago. That puts it at the right time to have been around when the first humans migrated to the area!