creatuREport: Yarrow

In planning out my landscaping and gardening projects for next spring (I’m a bit early, I know) I rediscovered the yarrow plant. What an interesting slice of biology it is. Let’s take a look… Overview Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium, is a widespread, weedy herb related to chamomile, daisies and sunflowers. The little flowers grow in…

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creatuREport: Seaweed

What is Seaweed? Seaweed is a generic term for multicellular algae that typically live in saltwater or brackish (mildly salty) environments. These can be classified into three main types: green (Chlorophyta), red (Rhodophyta), and brown (Phaeophyta) algae. Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) may also be called seaweed, but I will not discuss it here as it is…

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creatuREport: Camels

Camels are fascinating creatures. History Originating in North America, camels crossed over the land bridge to Asia and onward, but were eventually wiped out in their native land by the migration of other species (including humans) in the opposite direction – entering North America. Camels may have been domesticated between 3,500-5,000 years ago and were…

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creatuREport: Introduction

I am starting a new weekly segment which I like to call the “creatuREport” (a combination of “creature report,” and pronounced accordingly). This will be a project that I file under one of the site’s main themes – Education, and will be a way to learn a bit about a certain organism each week. Here’s…

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