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2011-01-26 13:50:00

Scientists say that they now understand why the seahorse evolved its equine-like head and S-shape. BBC reports that a new study has shown that seahorses are able to strike at more distant prey, compared to straight-bodied pipefish, from which they evolved. The research team found that seahorses' delicate curves evolved to help it hunt and feed. Both seahorse and pipefish feed on tiny marine creatures, striking at them and sucking them into their snouts. However, seahorses sit and wait for...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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