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The Origins Of Whale Teeth
2013-02-20 10:30:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although whales are mammals, they do not resemble any of the mammals surrounding us on land and have a unique evolutionary history. Whales have a triangular fluke for a tail, and they have no (visible) hind legs or body hair. One of the strangest differences between whales and their terrestrial cousins, however, is in the whale's mouth. Whale teeth are simpler and more "peg like" than those of other mammals. A new study...

toothless rat
2012-08-23 21:19:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Imagine a rodent that doesn't come out of a U-shaped hole in your wall to eat cheese, simply because it is unable to craft such a home. Well, a new species of rat lives up to that thought. A species of near-toothless rat was found in Indonesia, living off earthworms and spending its time sucking and slurping instead of chewing or gnawing. The animal, paucidentomys vermidax, is the only rodent scientists have found out of the...

2008-11-22 14:53:07

A jaguar from Mexico recently had dental work done at the zoo in Phoenix by a father-son team. The Arizona Republic reported Saturday that veterinary dentist Chris Visser and his son Louis, a dentist who normally works on humans, performed four root canals and three extractions on the big cat. The newspaper said an armed man stood watch as a total of six doctors worked on the cat's mouth just in case it unexpectedly came out of anesthesia. The big cat reportedly damaged its teeth trying to...