As promised to a reader who inquired as to what books I would recommend to any naturalist, regardless of where on the planet they may live or study, I offer the following list of books that I consider as highly beneficial to anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of natural history. The list is, of […]
After reading Stuart Pimm’s essay “O brave new world of fantastic beasts” in Nature’s “A View from the Bridge” blog, I was delighted to discover that others had found, and were puzzling over, similar undercurrents of natural history, ecology, and conservation to those I had noticed in the recently released film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
On the eve of European colonization, the Potomac River valley was a remarkably fertile place, teeming with game and fish, and with rich soil well suited to cultivation; yet when the first colonists arrived they found much of it apparently uninhabited. Why?
Despite the fact that the feces of humans is commonly of sufficient firmness to be picked up with one hand (gloved, of course) while that of cows is roughly the consistency of spoiled pudding, both contain – on average – the same percentage of water content. So why the significant difference in texture and consistency?