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Elephants’ ancestors may have been aquatic by Jim Down

Strange elephants

Elephants have special lung tissue which allows them to "snorkel" underwater, according to a US scientist.

Dr John West found African elephants to have denser tissue than other mammals around their lungs, which enabled them to breathe while submerged in a lake, apart from the tips of their trunks.

He said the special tissue meant they could withstand the pressure of being underwater.

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Flying Snakes by Fotopoulou Sophia

A Chrysopelea paradisi snake in mid-flight.

Flying snakes are a small group of species of tree snakes that live in South and Southeast Asia. At rest they appear unremarkable, but on the move they're able to take to the air by jumping from the tree, flattening the entire body, and gliding or parachuting to the ground or another tree.

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German Shepherd by Gus Leous

Haskan vom Farbenspiel

If any breed of dog is most deserving of the title Noble with Natural Beauty then that dog is the German Shepherd.

He is a dog with elegant yet flowing lines, glamorous to behold, with a shining coat, erect ears, and an intelligent expression that will command attention wherever he is seen. His eyes indicate the love and affection he has for those who care for him and his sweeping tail will show his mood whether it be gay or sad.

By nature a German Shepherd is wary of strangers, though once…

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Giant Panda by Yin Zhuo

Giant Panda

The giant panda is one of the world's rarest mammals

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) first appeared in the evolutionary record during the late Pliocene or early Pleistocene, some two to three million years ago. Panda fossils have been found in Burma, Vietnam, and particularly in eastern China, as far north as Beijing. Pandas were once widespread in southern and eastern China and in neighbouring Myanmar and north Vietnam. Today, however, there are only around 1,000 left. All of these are found in one geographic region - the bamboo forests of southwestern China.

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