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Whiskers Were An Important Evolutionary Milestone For Mammals
2011-11-11 12:53:35

Researchers have found that moveable whiskers on rats and mice were an important milestone in the evolution of mammals from reptiles. The team used high-speed digital video recording and automatic tracking to discover how rodents move their whiskers back-and-forth at high speed. This behavior, known as whisking, allows mice or rats to accurately determine the position, shape and texture of objects, make decisions about objects, and use the information to build environmental maps. The...

2008-12-19 12:05:44

The stoats at an ancient ruined priory in Northern England appear to be preparing for a white Christmas. The mammals have already changed to their white winter coats, The Daily Mail reports. Last year, the change was delayed into January. Stoats, also known as ermine, are brown with off-white bellies. But in the northern part of their range, where an inch or more of snow is usual in winter, they shed the brown fur for a thicker white coat, producing a pelt that was highly valued during the...


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Mountain Weasel, Mustela altaica
2013-01-01 14:17:37

The mountain weasel (Mustela altaica), also known as the solongoi, pale weasel, or Altai weasel, can be found in a range that extends from the Himalayas to Mongolia and includes Ladakh, India, northeastern China, Kazakhstan, Tibet, Korea, southern Siberia, and areas of Russia. It prefers a habitat within grassy woodlands and rocky tundra areas with dense vegetation, at altitudes of at least 11,480 feet. The mountain weasel displays a slight sexual dimorpism, with males growing larger than...

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2007-01-22 16:14:45

The Eurasian or European badger, Meles meles, is a mammal indigenous to most of Europe (excluding northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Cyprus) and to many parts of Asia. It is particularly abundant in Britain and Ireland. It is a member of the Mustelidae family, and so is related to the stoats, otters, weasels, minks and other badgers. The Eurasian badger is the only species classified in the genus Meles. The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the...

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2007-01-22 15:21:37

The Least Weasel, Mustela nivalis, is the smallest member of the weasel genus, Mustela and indeed the smallest living carnivore. Habitat The least weasel is found throughout the northern parts of Europe, Asia and North America, except for Ireland and eastern Canada. It extends as far south as North Africa. It has been introduced into New Zealand. The North American population was formally classified as a separate species, Mustela rixosa, but it is now thought that the distinction...

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2007-01-22 15:19:06

The long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) is the most widely distributed mustelid in the New World. Its range extends from southern Canada through most of the United States to Mexico. It is also found in Central America and the northern parts of South America. It is generally found in open or semi-open habitats near water. This is a typical weasel with a long slender body, short legs and a bushy tail that is almost as long as the rest of the animal. Adult males measure from 12.99 to 17.72...

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2007-01-22 15:09:15

The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel or the wild otter, is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae. The stoat is an opportunistic carnivore and grows up to 11.81 in (30 cm) long. It eats rabbits and rodents such as the mouse, vole and rats and other small mammals. It also eats birds, their eggs, and young. They sometimes eat fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. It is a very skillful tree climber and can descend a trunk headfirst, like a squirrel....

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