How are isolated oceanic islands colonized, why are there nearly always fewer species on islands than in the same kinds of habitats on continents, and why are islands often inhabited by evolutionary marvels such as flightless birds, “daisies” and other typically herbaceous plants that grow to the size of trees, or elephants no larger than domestic pigs
How have the geographic dynamics of human civilizations influenced the distributions, evolution, and extinctions of other species, and finally, how will our unrivaled abilities to modify the natural world influence the distributions, diversity, and geographic signature of nature long into the future?
you can distinguish an alligator from a crocodile by paying attention to whether the animal sees you later or in a while
rate of c02 going into atmosphere today is 10x faster than it was during the end permian mass extinction which killed 97% of life
The creation of Velcro was actually inspired by burrs when Swiss engineer, George de Mestral, found them on his dog’s fur. When he put it under a microscope, he noticed these hooks that could easily become attached to almost anything, including clothing, hair and even other burrs. “Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth,” Benyus explains.