History

Octopi Have No Latin Etymology, But Could They Be Alien?

Octopi, the supposed plural of octopus, is a favorite among lexicologists. and fans of quirky terms, but there really is no etymological basis for the word. The appellation was created by English speakers out of a mistaken belief that ‘octopus’ is Latin and hence pluralized it with an -i ending.

Early Evidence Of Cats In Ancient Britain

Cats were originally brought to Britain when the Romans invaded around 2,000 years ago. The local population quickly took to the little animals and also began keeping them as pets. Recently an archaeologist was going through thousands of fragments of ancient roof tiles when he discovered the feline paw prints that had been pressed into the clay when it was still wet -- around 100 A.D.

$250K Cash Reward For World’s Top Animal Advocate

Do you know how many animals are unfortunate enough to have made the ‘rarest primates on the planet’ list? It's unthinkable that in the year 2015 the issue of endangered animal species should continue to be of global concern — that the possibility of their extinction is not more of a clarion call for action?

Cecil The Lion, King Of The Hill, ‘A’ Number One

The story of Cecil the Lion is now ubiquitous. His tragic ending at the hands of a nihilistic American hunter has been rebuked as pure savagery. Much has been written and captured on video. This past week, Jericho, Cecil’s brother also received global attention when it was erroneously reported that he too was killed by poachers.

Same-Sex Unions In Animal Kingdom Set A Precedent 560 Million Years Ago

While it just took 9 judges (with a 5-4 vote) to deliberate on the historic decision allowing same-sex marriages in the United States, there’s been no need for such formality in the animal kingdom. In fact, homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom has been around since our co-inhabitants first walked the Earth some 560 million years ago.

Make It A Safe ‘Inde-Pet-Dance’ Day this 4th

The 4th of July is a day of celebration for U.S. citizens throughout all 50 states. Participating in America’s birthday includes picnicking, family get-togethers, hot dogs, libations . . . all culminating with a festive evening of fireworks and light shows. For humans the grand ole flag means a grand ole time . . . for our pets however . . . not so much.

Own A Moment Frozen In TIme

Insects caught in tree sap are moments frozen in time. You can own a piece of the past with your own Insect In Amber. You may not be able to clone a dinosaur from it, but you will have a nifty souvenir from millions of years ago to add to your rock or fossil collection.