Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Mighty Mandarin

Citrus fruits are all hybrids of one of five original kinds of fruit, with the ancestral version of the mandarin orange in the mix of most of them. Source fruits citrons and pummelos are also frequent contributors to the genetic mix.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Mammal You Didn't Learn About In School

Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)

The Takin is a bovid (in the same clade as sheep, antelope, bison and cows) that lives in mountainous Asian bamboo forests, overlapping in habitat with giant pandas. It is the national mammal of Bhutan. In addition to Bhutan, it is found in parts of India, Burma and China. 

A detailed account of them can be found here. Like most wild megafauna, it is endangered throughout its range.