Olifante weet toe klaar van rondwys

Die werk van ’n span navorsers wat gereed was om olifante iets te leer was klaar gedaan, want dié diere kon dit reeds self doen. Wanneer mense die aandag van ander wil trek, wys hulle na iets – gedrag wat van jongs af gebruik word. En dit is presies wat dr. Richard Byrne van die…

Scarab the dung beetle

IN THE MIDDLE of the Kalahari, Scarab goes about his daily business, or rather, the business of some unsuspecting antelope. As dung beetles of his species do, he collects pellets dropped by desert animals, while they’re still fresh, rolling them along to his nest in the sand. The sun is climbing as the day ages,…

Yet another new SA dinosaur discovered at Heelbo

A Christmas visit to South Africa and an introduction through friends to palaeontology experts from Wits University have had exciting scientific consequences for New Zealand student Blair McPhee. It has provided him with the honour of taking the lead in describing yet another new South African dinosaur species. He is the lead author of a…