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15+ Interesting Facts About Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead sharks are named so because of the unusual hammer-shaped structure of their head. Their eyes are placed at the sides of their head. In 2007, scientists found a female hammerhead shark giving birth without mating. It was the first known instance of  asexual reproduction  in any shark. ( Source ) Hammerhead sharks are unique among marine animals as they  get sun  tanning . Sun tanning among marine animals was seen initially in hammerhead sharks. ( Source ) Hammerhead sharks have a strange behavior of  swimming sideways . This type of swimming proves the most energy-efficient for them. They use around 10% less energy by swimming sideways instead of upright swimming. ( Source ) Hammerhead sharks initially appeared on  earth  around  20 million years  ago. These sharks live for around 30 years on average. ( Source ) The visual field of each eye of the hammerhead shark is 180 degrees. These eyes also have excellent depth perception. ( Source )  Scalloped bonnethead is the small

20+ Interesting Facts About Dung Beetles

Dung beetles are those beetles that feed on the dung (feces) of omnivore and herbivore animals . They prefer dung from omnivores as it provides more nutritional value and is easier to find. A species of dung beetle, male  Onthophagus taurus , can pull 1,141 times its body weight. It makes it the  strongest animal  in the world. ( Source ) Dung beetles can  decompose 90% of nitrogen  from cattle dung back into the soil. It makes the soil fertile without the use of artificial fertilizers. ( Source ) They can also  reduce the emission of methane  (major greenhouse gas) to a considerable level from cattle farming. ( Source ) According to research, dung beetles can  save $380 million  annually in the  USA  by improving yield and minimizing pesticide and fertilizer usage. This study does not cover the health and environmental benefits of dung beetles. ( Source ) Dung beetles are the  only nocturnal animals on  earth  that can  use polarization patterns  in the moonlight for navigation. ( So

15 Interesting Facts About Transantarctic Mountains

Transantarctic Mountains (TAM) is a mountain range in Antarctica. It separates East Antarctica from West Antarctica. The length of these mountains is 3,500 km (2,220 miles). The   dinosaur  fossils were initially discovered in Antarctica in 1990-91. The place of discovery of these dinosaur fossils is the central Trans-Antarctic Mountains. ( Source ) The  fossilized remains  of prehistoric freshwater amphibians and reptiles have also been found in TAM. The most extensive  coal-bearing deposits  in Antarctica are located in the Transantarctic Mountains. These coal deposits are of Permian and Triassic in age and extend over an area of 2,500 km. ( Source ) The width of TAM is from the Ross Sea in the south to the Weddell Sea in the north. Thus, it divides two parts of Antarctica into the entire  continent .  Width of TAM is from Ross Sea to Weddell Sea The Transantarctic Mountains are the longest rift shoulder (elevated areas around rifts) in the world. ( Source ) The elevation (high