Glad you asked! no. 1

7 October 2008

The vast majority of search traffic that comes to microecos is, apparently, in search of sex cartoons, tips about effective copulation techniques and  Hall and Oates lyrics (in that order).  A few however come in search of specific answers to life’s fleeting questions.  Most, presumably, leave disappointed.  Sorry.

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to see what questions are burning in the minds of microecos glancers this week:

Q – What is genetic material of a ladybug

A – Beetles, including coccinellids, like all living beings store genetic information in the form of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA).

Q – Etymology of latin names of amphisbaenia

A – Nice! Okay, not a question per se but I think we get what you’re going for.  Believe it or not amphisbaenia” means, roughly, “goes both ways.”  In fact if you want to parse the etymology a little more carefully I think it works out to be “goes at both ends.”  Seriously.  If you don’t know about amphisbaenians you should, and this is probably a bad place to start.

Q – Why do snakes spen most of there lives b

A – Hmm, I’m guessing the abrupt termination is wordpress’ fault, but that’s not much for me to go on.  “Below ground” would be my first guess, in which case the question needs a bit of clarification.  While some snakes do spend some or even most of their lives underground, many others don’t.  This actually could be a good jumping off point to discuss various scenarios for the evolutionary origin of snakes, fossorial v. aquatic v. arboreal (that’s right I said arboreal), but maybe another time….

Q – Where was the first whale found

A – Wow, that’s an incredibly difficult question.  If the question is “where did the first human (or hominid) first see a whale or whale carcass” the answer is likely the coast of Africa though I wouldn’t care to hazard a more specific answer than that.  Incidentally, we know now that Neandertals ate cetaceans. However, I’m guessing you are actually asking where the earliest whale fossils have been found.  Fossil evidence suggests that whales evolved on the northern shore of the Tethys in the Eocene, in or near present day Pakistan.

Q – What category of animal does arachnid fa

A – Hmm, cutoff again.  Arthropoda and Chelicerata are good places to start.

Q – Who is buried with lincoln?

A – Good question!

Q – How many living vampire squids are there?

A – One species of living vampire squid, Vampyroteuthis infernalis, is currently recognized.  As with most deep sea creatures (actually most creatures except those hopelessly endangered) we don’t have a solid handle on worldwide population.  Given their wide distribution in temperate and tropical oceans it’s likely that Vampyroteuthis are reasonably abundant, compared at least to, say, Shakers.

Well, that about does it for this week’s questions…perhaps next week we’ll delve into the search archives!

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