Which comes first; the chicken or the egg? The way biology intends it,
it's the egg. The mother hen lays the egg, incubates the egg by sitting
on it and, within some days, a live little chick hatches out of the
Wild ducks, or Mallards, are native to most of the world, the females
recognizable by their streaked brown plumes, and the males, or drakes,
most recognizable by their luminescent green necks and heads. Drakes
are pretty randy birds, their sexual behavior bordering on rape, but
should a drake become obnoxious, female mallards have a secret method of
The controversy over gay rights and gay marriage aren't the only gender-based issues brewing out there. There is also the case of trangendered or hermaphrodite chickens. Some say yes, some say no, some say sort of. The proof is in the chicks.
Until the publication of Professor Xu Xing's findings this week in the journal Nature, the last living dinosaur discovered with feathers was the Beipiasaurus,
which lived about 125 million years ago. Now Xing's newest feathered
discovery, found in the same region of Liaoning Province in China, is
about 40 times larger than the man-size Beiplasaurus, and has been named Yutyrannus huali, "beautiful feathered tyrant."
If you've had any desire to get under the skin of just about any species
of animal, then you have to get to London sometime between now and
September and see theAnimals Inside Out exhibit at the British Natural History Museum. But be prepared...
As a second-generation kid of Italian descent, a trip to Grandma’s house in Rochester, New York’s inner city was always entertaining. While Grandma Rose (aka “The Boss”) wasn’t necessarily what you’d classify as eccentric, her old-world habits and traditions were often an adventure to behold for a toddler who was being gentrified in the suburbs. While household pets in my world were of the canine variety, Grandma was the first to introduce me to the idea that a chicken could also be man’s best friend.