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Once they are paired, okapis at the Bronx Zoo are placed in adjoining cages with a multistage sliding door between them. At first, the door is opened just canada goose outlet store calgary enough to let the animals smell each other. If they don’t respond aggressively, another part of the door is opened after a week or two so they can see each other, then another the next week so they can touch.

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Live and learn. But what really bothered me about the piece (and I channeling Andy Rooney here) was this statement:

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canada goose clearance sale What? known relative of the giraffe? In fact, everything is a known relative of the giraffe, including ferns, alligators, and humans! All species are related to greater or lesser degrees. The canada goose outlet reviews Times statement is like saying that is the only known relative of his sister, despite the existence of my many cousins. canada goose clearance sale

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It the family Antilocapridae, which contains only a single species, the pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) which canada goose discount uk is, of course, native to North America, not Africa. It the canada goose jacket outlet toronto sole living representative of canada goose clothing uk what was a diverse family of artiodactyls during the Pliocene and Miocene. Here a phylogeny from the reference given at the bottom:

Note that giraffes are more closely related to whales than to camels! That would surely confuse many laypeople.

Voil le pronghorn, a lovely beast:

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Price, S. A., O. R. P. Bininda Emonds, and J. 2005. A complete phylogeny of canada goose outlet washington dc the whales, dolphins and even toed hoofed mammals (Cetartiodactyla). Biological Review: 80: 445 473.

Agreed. Sloppy language in this case reflects sloppy thinking, and must be rooted out at every opportunity (not nitpicking). I see this all the time in college biology students who seem to fail to grasp the tree of life (maybe it my fault!). (the students meant to say that the trait evolved independently in the two lineages and was not inherited from a common ancestor).

canada goose uk shop () has a Greek origin, not a Latin one. It is a compound term from two Greek words, which is and which means There a Latinised version, taken from Greek, but the origin remains most definitely Greek ( and are meaningless terms in Latin, but still mean the same thing in Modern Greek). canada goose uk shop

canada goose outlet Greeks seem to have quickly acquired a reputation for being irresponsible, unlike those hardworking Germans who are bailing them out, so let us at least not begrudge them their ancient contributions.

I worked a few years at the Copenhagen University. The very same okapi is stuffed in the Zoological Museum Copenhagen. Upon learning how it had died I also was willing to bet my ass that it was the ride of the Valkyries, but my operatic sources told canada goose outlet in new york it was the Tannhuser overture.

canada goose clearance Then, a rumor told that when its carcass arrived at the museum some students decided to take advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity and had an okapi steak when they could canada goose clearance.