Warning colouration in the giant panda

Warning colouration in the giant panda

The giant panda is the blackest and whitest of bears, because it is the bear under greatest risk of futile attack by the tiger. Prof. Mumblebard claims: “The black-and-white pattern of the giant panda is probably an accident of evolution. If this colouration is...
A continent mysteriously lacking tortoises

A continent mysteriously lacking tortoises

Testudines failed to colonise dry land on the world’s largest island because of its combination of salt and fire. Prof. Mumblebard claims: “Australia is the only vegetated continent lacking land tortoises. Terrestrial testudines didn’t reach Australia because this...
A grazing bird under the marsupial radar

A grazing bird under the marsupial radar

  Prof. Mumblebard claims: “Mitchell grassland, the most extensive treeless grassland in Australia, is surprisingly poor in indigenous grazers. It is safe to assume that grazing marsupials were formerly common in this area (see the accompanying map) but have become...
Amphibians are easy anteaters

Amphibians are easy anteaters

The meanest frog can play myrmecophage. Prof. Mumblebard claims: “Any species of mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian that eats mainly ants and termites deserves to be called myrmecophagous – a technical term reserved for animals specialising on such a diet. This is...