Remember the dinosaurs? Probably not . . . since it’s been 65 million years since they roamed the planet. An extinction event (also known as a mass extinction or biological crisis) is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth. When it happens, it occurs at an uneven rate. Based on fossil records, the rate of extinctions on Earth is about two to five species of animals every million years. Estimates of the number of major mass extinctions in the last 540 million years indicate there has been as many as five since the dawn of time.
Birds are far cleverer than we previously gave them credit for. While advanced civilizations started using them thousands of years ago for sending messages, it wasn't until relatively recently that we've come to understand just how smart they are. In southeast Africa the locals could tell you stories about "honeyguides" you wouldn't believe. Read about it here.
Okay, Zoo the television show was probably not what they had in mind when they created Zoo Lovers Day, but it is pretty awesome. It is based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson. Now Zoo, Season One, is available on DVD and Blu-ray for some great binge watching.
Hot beverages are a staple of this time of year, and what better way to imbibe in winter comfort than in the company of little denizens of summer. This elegant Bee Mug and this darling Ladybug Mug are a great way to help warm a winter's day.