Learn all about the famed mega-shark Megalodon – Is it still out there? …Erm, no. But that doesn’t make it one fascinating creature to learn about, study and find out how it used a ridiculously powerful bite to literally crush whales!
An introduction to the basics of sharks, explaining what the chondrichthyes are (fish made of cartilage) what the elsamobranchs are (basically sharks and rays) and a little bit of the natural history, the evolutionary past, and the sensory craziness that makes sharks so a misunderstood and awesome group of animals to study.
Forget Jaws, We Lack Discipline will teach you the reality of these maligned, misunderstood beauties.
One of the most beautiful and majestic creatures on planet Earth, the snow leopard, Panthera uncia, gets a brief. Find out how floofy they are, why their tails are amazing, a potentially sad theory why they bite them and why threats they face into the future.
Roughly translating to ‘before cat’ (even though it’s first cat) and ‘fake cat’ (even though its real cat) respectively, Proailurus and Pseudaelurus are the ancestral genera of all cats. Do you remember the lesson from last time? Genera is the plural of genus and is the classification of living things, the group above, in sequence,Continue reading “Caturday Special The Origin Story: Proailurus and Pseudaelurus”
Right, we’ll start with the controversy shall we? Because that is how We Lack Discipline does things. Domestic cats are responsible for a significant reduction in numbers of hedge birds, small rodents and other, various, ecological damages in every habitat in which they are present. The irresponsible keeping, especially with feral populations, of cats isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus”
One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains images of animal cruelty “Tiger, tiger burning bright…” etc. I’ve got tiger stories up the wazoo, man. I did a pub quiz once where I argued for an extra half point because the question was ‘what is the largest cat in the world?’ and everyone said tiger, but I said, quite rightfully,Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #3 – Tiger, Panthera tigris”
Not strictly speaking a species, Smilodon is a genus in the Machairodontinae family – essentially the sabre-toothed cats, in taxonomic identification we would indicate multiple species with an ‘sp.‘ after the genus, like in the title. Again another throwback from my undergraduate days but there’s a perception of sabre-toothed cats, particularly since they allegedly hadContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.”
A short article explaining the life, habits and (multiple times) the exceptional cuteness of the black-footed cat of Southern Africa.
What top ten list of cats is complete without the so-called ‘King of the Jungle’ that is, actually, more a Prince of the Plains. I’ll level with you. I like lions. I love lions like I love any other kind of cat. But they make this list for one reason and one reason alone. Sociability.Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo”