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2011-03-05 10:35:00

A new website that explains why humans have the same type of eye as an octopus, and how animals separated by millions of years have evolved in the same way, has been launched by a team of scientists at Cambridge University.The Map of Life highlights hundreds of examples of 'evolutionary convergence' such as Australia's thorny devil lizard (pictured) and North America's desert horned lizard.Despite being separated by 150 million years of evolution, both lizards have evolved the same way of...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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