Posts tagged ‘Natural world of Living Things’

How did the jackrabbit get its name?

Jackrabbit

The jackrabbit gets its name from its long ears, which resemble those of a jackass, or donkey.  Though it was originally called a “jackass rabbit,” this animal’s name has long since been shortened to “jackrabbit.”  The jackrabbit is a hare, and not a true rabbit.

It has longer ears and longer legs than a rabbit.  This large hare can run up to 45 miles an hour to escape its enemies.  While running it often makes great leaps, or “spy hops,” as if to check on the pursuer.  Jackrabbits hide most of the day, and come out at night to eat plants and farm crops.–Dick Rogers

What Is A Coelacanth?

Coecalanth

Coecalanth

A coelacanth (pronounced SEE, luh kanth) is a large rare fish from deep in the oceans around Africa.

What makes the coelacanth so unusual is that it is perhaps the world’s most primitive bony fish. It was once thought to have been extinct. But in 1938, a living coelacanth was caught by a fisherman off the east coast of Africa.

Almost unchanged since its origin, this strange-looking fish was bright blue in color. It was five feet long and weighed 125 pounds. It had leglike fins, probably used for crawling about in the sea, and its head was covered with thick scales.

If the fisherman had found a living dinosaur, he would not have attracted more attention in the scientific world.

Scientists  knew the coelacanth only from fossils and had assumed that the prehistoric fish had died out 60-million years ago!

Since the discovery of a live coelacanth, several more of these “living fossils” have been found.Dick Rogers