I really like to learn new things. I’m fabulous at trivia. I soak facts up and secret them away in the books and crannies of my brain, and I’m always looking for more.
I learned the coolest facts about bats this weekend, thanks to a great series of graphic novels called Science Comics.
Did you know bats are extremely important in pollination? Trees and plants who only bloom at night can’t rely on bees, so they rely on nectar drinking bats. Fruits like mango, guava, bananas, durian and cocoa rely on bats too. And guess who is responsible for replanting trees by pooping after eating…that’s right, bats.
I was astounded to learn that bats have this awesome leg tendon that automatically tightens when the bat hangs upside down. The bats use more energy to let go then they do to hang because of it! And speaking of their anatomy, they are more closely related to primates then rodents! They have a thumb, something almost all animals besides primates lack.
But I didn’t just read about bats this weekend, I also read about dinosaurs.
This book was told in a neat way. As the information about dinosaurs was collected, each “generation” was positive that they knew everything and they were 100% sure of it. Of course, as new specimen are found and the ways scientist study those specimen becomes more high-tech, we are constantly changing what we thought we knew about ancient life.
I knew that coprolites (fossilized dinosaur poop) existed but I did not know that originally they were thought to be bezoar stones from the stomach. And who knew the idiocy that competition caused in the men looking for fossils! Two feuding paleontologists were know to purposely plant false fossils to discredit each other’s work and weren’t above dynamiting fossil beds to keep each other from making finds.
The book does a great job explaining how the different dinosaur families are divided, how they probably evolved and furthered other sciences. It is because of dinosaur fossils that we understand plate tectonics.
The series has quite a few titles:
I have read Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean but I don’t own the other books. I plan to buy them all and get anything forthcoming. They are published by First Second Books, the same company that publishes the Olympians series.
Ok, saving the best for last, here is a page of Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers that explains the different ways Dinosaurs may have died to later become fossils.
Look at that first panel with the T-Rex and the Stegosaurus. Now imagine the “Aw yeah!!” in a voice like Flava Flav. LOL!!