Saturday, May 23, 2015

Video Post

Barnacle Goose:

The video about the barnacle geese taught me that some animals need a good start to be a strong species. The barnacle goose's first test is when it has to jump off of a cliff to get to food below. This shows me that animals don't necessarily need the best DNA, but if you have a good start like this animal you will do better in the wild.

Arctic Fox:

This animal showed me that sometimes only the strong survive long enough to have offspring and they have to be skilled in finding food, shelter and water. This animal despite its appearance as a small pup is strong enough to survive where many fully grown animals would not.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Basilisk Lizard


Past:
The past of the basilisk lizard or “Jesus Christ Lizard” is very obscure but still exists, This lizard is similar to the iguana in many ways (bone structure, food type, etc.) so much so that they share a similar ancestor the giant iguana. Many lizard species branch of of this one iguana and the basilisk lizard is one of them.
Present:
The basilisk lizard lives in lush forests in central and south america they usually live near rivers so that just in case any predators invade their home they can use their unique ability to run on water for short distances. This is the reason this lizard is called the “Jesus Christ Lizard”, this is referring to the moment in the bible when Jesus Christ walked on water. It is their unique body structure that allows them to do this, it is a combination of their long tail, large feet and obviously speed.
Future:
The basilisk lizard has the ability to run like many other prehistoric animals did like the Archaeopteryx a bird ancestor. This small bird could also run on water for short distances like the basilisk lizard and soon enough it took flight, I'm not saying that the basilisk lizard will develop giant wings like a dragon but it might develop longer ribs like the Draco or “flying lizard” so that it could glide.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Aviation Evolution

Were all of the airplanes exactly the same?
No none of the airplanes were exactly the same because everyone had their own style and changed their airplanes in certain ways like how big the wings were and the way they are curved.
What made them different?
Same as the last question and because some people tried to correct their mistakes from the last round like making the wings bigger or making the plane longer because of previous failures.
Did all of the offspring survive in the second trial to reproduce for the third trial?
No because no one did the same thing because they all had different ideas.
What ‘variations’ helped those survive and reproduce? (e.g. wing size, length, width, etc.)How are they reflected in nature?
Most people had big wings for stability or small wings for speed in the air. These are kind of like how some birds with big wings glide and there are other ones that tuck in their wings for speed.
What outside factors affected the planes while testing them? How are they reflected in nature?

The way you throw the plane could be compared to how a bird takes off in nature.