Argentinosaurus is regarded as the most massive land animal known to have ever existed. This titanosaur lived in what is now Argentina, South America during the second half of the Cretaceous Period.
Besides some species of snake, insect, arachnid, jellyfish, and other animals that are more well known for being venomous, there are some lesser-known mammals on our planet that are also venomous. Some have weak venom meant to paralyze small animals such as worms or insects, whereas others have venom with toxicity equivalent to highly venomous snakes.
Australia has two of the largest birds in the world, trailing only the African ostriches. They are the emu and the southern cassowary, which like ostriches, are flightless. Together with ostriches and several other species, they make up a unique family of birds known as the ratites.
Our planet has forty cat species, including the domestic house cat, and of those, four to ten, depending on whose criteria are being used, are classified as "big cats." Oddly, the strictest criteria limiting the list to four leaves out a species that is larger than number four on the list.
Organic foods must be produced with strict standards designed to ensure the products adhere to the objectives of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Products may not contain certain prohibited materials. Food must be grown adhering to specific standards designed to increase quality and nutrition. Practices must also consider the environment and principles of biodiverstiy and conservation of resources. Annual Inspections are required which evaluate each producer's ability to comply with the requirements. These inspections are conducted by certifying agencies employing trained inspectors. The certifying process involves five basic steps resulting in the issuance of an Organic Certificate authorizing the holder to sell products designated as organic.
In Florida, USA there are two species of crocodilians, the American alligators and American crocodiles. The two are often confused, although there are definite differences that when known make identifying and differentiating between the two much easier.
A corpse flower is a member of the lily family. It is one of the largest flowers in the world, although technically it is not a single flower, it is a inflorescence, or group of flowers, as the Library of Congress notes. Amorphophallus titanum can grow to 6 to 12 feet tall and weigh well over 150 pounds.
Imagine paying a small fortune for an illegal dose of rhino horn only to find out it is medically inert? Tests show that rhino horn was useless as a medicine for treating fever, inflammation, cramps or water retention for instance. Do we need to kill rhinos if chewing your own fingernails is as ineffective as rhino horn?
The extinct Smilodon is the largest cat species to ever live, and the Bengal tiger is the largest cat found on our planet today. The modern Bengal tiger and Smilodon, an ancient saber-tooth cat, were similar in size although had some major differences.
There are birds as poisonous as the poison dart frogs of Central and South America, and they get their potent toxins from beetles they eat - just as poison dart frogs do. There are five species of bird known to be highly poisonous and potentially deadly to humans, and all of them live on the island of New Guinea.
The Internet has made it easy to look for information. Not sure what a blackfish is? Google it! Wants to find more about the Blackfish movie? Check it on imdb, etc... However, it hasn't made it easier to decide which is right when two sides of a debate...