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Megapnosaurus
2010-02-02 15:19:28

Megapnosaurus, meaning "big dead lizard", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. It was named originally named Syntarsus in 1969, but since that name was taken by a beetle described in 1869, the name was changed to Megapnosaurus. The name is not popular with many paleontologists, but it remains the valid name for this genus. This dinosaur genus has been found in bone...

Afrovenator
2010-02-02 13:54:34

Afrovenator, meaning "African hunter" is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (136 to 125 million years ago) that lived in northern Africa. Its remains were discovered in Niger in the Tiourarén Formation. It is known from a single nearly complete specimen. Only one named species is known, A. abakensis. The species name comes from the area it was found in Africa...

Afrotropic Ecozone
2009-07-01 11:55:58

The Afrotropic is one of eight ecozones found on Earth. It includes Africa (south of the Sahara Desert), the southern and eastern borders of the Arabian Peninsula, the island of Madagascar, southern Iran and outermost southwestern Pakistan, and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. The Afrotropic was previously known as the Ethiopian Zone. The Afrotropic has mostly a tropical climate, except...

African Alpine Bamboo Yushania alpina
2009-06-17 13:03:39

The African Alpine Bamboo (Yushania alpina) is a species of perennial bamboo that is native to tropical Africa. It grows in dense stands on the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the Great Rift Valley between 8200 feet and 11,000 feet above sea level. The grass stems of the alpine bamboo are often used as fencing, plumbing and other building materials. Photo Copyright and Credit

Calla Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica
2009-06-17 12:38:51

The Lily of the Nile or Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a species of plant native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. It has been introduced to Western Australia where it occurs in high periodical water tables and sandy soil. Several hybrids have been established and introduced to other areas around the world. Some hybrids are more suited to cooler climates. One...

Boxwood Buxacae
2009-04-28 16:14:01

Buxus sempervirens or Boxwood is indigenous to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. This small slender evergreen tree grows from 3 - 30 feet in height with a narrow trunk reaching less than 8 inches in diameter. Yellowish green oval shaped leaves grow from just over half an inch to just under one and a quarter inches in length and less than half an inch wide....

Josephines Lily Brunsvigia josephinae
2009-04-28 15:46:45

Brunsvigia josephinae or Josephine's Lily is often referred to as Candelabra lily and was named after Josephine de Beauharnais. Josephine de Beauharnais was Napolean's empress. This deciduos species is indigenous to South Africa and features dark pinkish red leaves measuring 12 - 15 inches in length. Blooming from bulbs in early Spring, it thrives best in moderately humid climates. Although...

Baboon Flower Babiana stricta
2009-04-23 10:13:13

The Baboon Flower, or Babiana stricta, the most familiar species of Babiana, grows in Cape Province, South Africa. This plant is typically used as an ornamental plant. It is classified in the Iridaceae family and the Crocoideae subfamily. The baboon flower grows from a corm into not so large, but very colorful blooms. It exists in many different hybrids and variations with multi colored...

Bears Breeches Acanthus mollis
2009-02-28 22:43:40

Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region form Portugal and northwest Africa east to Croatia. It was one of the earliest cultivated species of garden plants. It grows in dry areas, and is tolerant of drought and shade. This plant grows to about 6.5 feet tall. It has basal clusters of deeply lobed and cut, shining dark...

Crowned Lapwing
2009-02-27 15:32:33

The Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus), also known as the Crowned Plover, is a species of bird that occurs from the Red Sea coast of Somalia to southern and southwestern Africa. Its preferred habitat is short dry grassland that may even be overgrazed or burnt. It avoids mountainous terrain. In areas with higher rainfall, such as Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is normally only a dry season visitor....

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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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