By Karen Macey
Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with a few of the world’s most harsh environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, existence exists at each flip. lots of those animals are distinct and own characteristics necessary for survival.
This outstanding encyclopedia takes a glance at many of the world’s most original and wonderful kinds of existence. Unbelievably unique and sponsored by means of medical study, this encyclopedia has you lined. hundreds of thousands of illustrations and photographs get you an perception to those animals like you may have by no means visible earlier than.
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Even in the coldest and highest places on earth, you would be hard pressed not to see some form of animal life. To us, perhaps the most bizarre place to live is inside another animal, yet many creatures have taken to this parasitic way of life and have become very good at it. Traditionally, scientists have classified life on earth into five different kingdoms based primarily on shared characteristics. This system has undergone many modifications, but it is straightforward and I use it in this book to describe how animal life is categorized.
Where does it live? This animal is found in many parts of the oceans and is frequently seen off the coast of Europe, North America, and Australia. It may prefer warm water, but ocean currents and storms will often push the man-of-war north and south. Life on the Ocean Waves The Portuguese man-of-war looks like some manner of jellyfish. You could be forgiven for thinking this, and you wouldn’t be too far wrong. It is related to the jellyfish, but it is a quite distinct collection of creatures. It is not a single animal, but a close-knit colony of four different types of individual polyps, or zooids.
This substance somehow makes prodigious feats of stamina possible, as worker hornets fly for at least 100 km a day at speeds of up to 40 km/h. The substance produced by the hornet larvae, known as vespa amino acid mixture (VAAM), somehow enables intense muscular activity over extended periods, perhaps by allowing the increased metabolism of fats. A company has started producing VAAM commercially, and it has apparently improved the performance of many athletes. • Not only is VAAM popular amongst the Japanese athletic community, but the fully grown larvae of the hornet are considered something of a delicacy and are eaten in mountain villages, either deep-fried or as hornet sashimi.