From today's featured article
Paraceratherium was a hornless rhinoceros, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals that has ever existed. The genus lived during most of the Oligocene epoch (34–23 million years ago); its remains have been found across Eurasia between China and the Balkans. Its weight is estimated to have been 15 to 20 tonnes (33,000 to 44,000 lb); the shoulder height was about 4.8 metres (15.7 feet), and the length about 7.4 metres (24.3 feet). The legs were long and pillar-like. The long neck supported a skull that was about 1.3 metres (4.3 ft) long. It had large, tusk-like incisors and a nasal incision that suggests it had a prehensile upper lip or trunk. The lifestyle of Paraceratherium may have been similar to that of large mammals such as elephants and modern rhinoceroses. It was a browser, eating mainly leaves, soft plants, and shrubs. It lived in habitats ranging from arid deserts with scattered trees to subtropical forests. (Full article...)
Did you know...
Sagu served in a ramekin
- ... that sagu (pictured) is a southern Brazilian dessert made with tapioca balls that are extracted from cassava, not from sago palms?
- ... that in 1979, fifteen-year-old Laura Michalek became the youngest athlete ever to win the Chicago Marathon?
- ... that woollen fabrics have been produced at the Knockando Woolmill since the 18th century?
- ... that the score of the song "Sweet Little Woman o' Mine", composed by Floy Little Bartlett, was played in the 1925 silent film The Big Parade?
- ... that the crimson seedcracker has two morphs, large-billed and small-billed, but this trait is not related to sex, age, body size, or location?
- ... that John Soothill gave "boy in the bubble syndrome" its formal name, severe combined immunodeficiency?
- ... that New York City's Eastern Parkway, built in the 1870s, is considered the world's first parkway designed for personal and recreational traffic while prohibiting commercial traffic?
- ... that John Talbot White's last nature column before his death described a mouse escaping a weasel by jumping over its back?
In the news
On this day