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  • Sep 23, 2014
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Study may prompt claws for complaint

Now we know why there is so much affinity between humans and cats: we are both mass killers. Next to us, it seems, those fluffy, cuddly kitties may be the greatest threat to mammalian and avian wildlife.

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013, 2:36am 1 comment

When bats, monkeys and pigs are all in a day's work

Name Shek Chung-tong Job Wetland and fauna conservation officer

Where did you go to school? I went to the Lee Yao Memorial Secondary School in Kwai Tsing. My favourite subjects were biology, music and mathematics.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

History written in stone


Use these words: palaeontologists, Earth, prehistoric

Fossils are the stone-like remains from plants and animals living in __________________ times. In the hands of __________________ , fossils can tell us what the __________________ was like millions of years ago.


14 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Early on my Tasmania tour a Kiwi backpacker jokes that the duckbilled platypus doesn't actually exist: it's just a myth devised to intrigue tourists.

I know what he means. I've lost count of the number of Australian ponds and rivers I've pored over in search of the world's strangest animal. I've seen nothing except the occasional freshwater lobster. Until now.

18 May 2005 - 12:00am

Animal magic

Dinosaurs were mighty and powerful, but 4,000 species of mammal have outlived them. Mammals are the most diverse group of animals ever to live on earth. They can be as small as the 36mm pygmy shrew. Yet a blue whale can weigh more than 100 tonnes. How do they manage to colonise every part of the wrld? It is interesting to see.

7 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Mainland has backing as origin of mammals

A new scientific study claims China is the ancestral birthplace of many species of mammals including horses, rhinoceroses, tapirs, and primates found in Europe and North America.

17 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded or warm-blooded? This is a question that puzzles a lot of scientists. Warm-blooded is another term for endothermic, which means the animal is able to keep a fairly even body temperature without having to worry about the weather.

Mammals, including humans, and birds are the endothermic animals alive today.

21 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Last chance to see nature show

INTERESTED in fossils? Then grasp the last chance to unlock the mystery of evolution by visiting the 'Evolution and Extinction' exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History before it ends on Sunday.

The exhibition featuring plants, insects, fishes, birds and mammals found in different parts of China is supplemented by maps and drawings of extinct species.

17 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Living a life upside down

THE sloth is found to be the slowest land mammal in the world with a top speed of only two kilometres per hour.

To travel 100 metres, a sloth will take almost 22 minutes.

Sloths spend almost all their time upside down in the forests of South America. In fact, they adapt themselves successfully to this bizarre way of life.

29 Dec 1993 - 12:00am