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Academic Questions in Biology
In a food chain, the primary consumers are classified under trophic level _____.
Cold blooded animals are referred to as _____.
F. None of the above
All reptiles are vertebrates.
_____ cells are responsible for the formation of osteoblasts.
_____ is a bone that constitute the axial skeleton.
Which of the following is false concerning cartilages and bones?
A diagram showing the movement of energy through a food chain is called a _____.
Which of the following is NOT a part of the wrist bones (or carpal bones)?
Biology is a subject for everyone at the secondary level of education. However, students may choose to study biology (or one of its branches) as undergraduates or postgraduates.
Interestingly, biology has numerous amazing facts that comes along with it. Meanwhile, recall that biology is the study of life. In this article, we will look at some amazing facts concerning life.
Below are some fun facts in biology:
All insects have six legs.
Cockroach is the fastest animal on six legs.
Insects are the only animals without a backbone and can still fly. Every flying animal that isn't an insect must have a backbone.
You have more bones when you were a baby compared to the number of bones you have now. In simple terms, a baby has 300 bones while an adult human has 206 bones.
Please read on bones of the human body here.
The smallest cell in humans is the male sex cell; and that is the sperm. Conversely, the largest cell is the female sex cell termed ovum (ova or egg cell).
Please read on the male reproductive system here.
Dolphins and whales live in water, yet they don’t drink water.
Your thigh bone (called the femur) is stronger than a concrete. It carries the weight of your body whenever you walk.
The human bone marrow produces about 260 billion red blood cells and 135 billion white blood cells daily.
Please read more on the red blood cells and hemoglobin here.
Your red blood cell dies every four months.
The hydra is an animal that never grows old. Some scientists believe it can live forever.
The size of your heart is equal to the size of your fist.
The hard white part of your teeth (called the enamel) is not a living tissue.
Razor blades can be dissolved by the acid in your stomach. This acid is concentrated Hydrochloric Acid (HCl).
Dolphins sleep with one eye open and the other closed.
The male seahorses give birth to their young.
The male honey bee (called drones) exists for only one reason - 'To impregnate the queen'. It dies immediately after a sexual intercourse with the queen.
The bacteria in your body is greater in number than the entire human beings living in the universe.
Starfish is an aquatic animal. It has no head and no brain.
Children see better, hear better and smell better than adults.
Blocking the nostril to prevent sneezing can result in the eyes poping out of its sockets.
The human liver performs over 500 different functions.
The nose and ear never stop growing. The eyes remain the same from birth to death.
If the acid in your stomach is poured over the skin, the skin will be severely damaged. If poured on iron, the iron will be dissolved by it.
Hugging releases the hormone oxytocin which can make people trust you even more.
You can’t sneeze with your eyes open.
Men listen with only the left side of their brains while women listen with both sides.
Please read on the Uniqueness of Man here.
Cleaning your ears regularly is dangerous to your health. It is better to leave the ear wax inside of it.
Your body is composed more of liquid than solid.
Please read on Homeostasis, Internal Environment and Total Body Water here.
The human brain is folded in appearance. The smoother it is, the less intelligent a person becomes.
Please read on Intelligence Quotient and the Brain here.
The hardest substance in your body is not your bone. It is the enamel and that's the white part of your teeth.
80% of the brain is water.
An ant can lift an object 50 times its own weight.
When a child is born, they have no kneecaps. The kneecaps begin to appear from age 2 – 6.
The average human heart pumps on average about 4,000 gallons of blood daily.
The caterpillar (larva of a butterfly) has more muscles than human beings.
In times of danger, your pupil dilates so you can see more clearly.
The human diaphragm separates the thorax from the abdomen and is very crucial for breathing.
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Amazing facts in Biology
Cockroach is the fastest land animal on six legs
Like humans, all apes laugh when tickled
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
The upper front teeth are missing in giraffes. Meanwhile, like an adult human, a fully grown giraffe has 32 teeth but most are positioned at the back of their mouth
Slugs have four noses
Most insects hatch from egg but aphids give birth to their young alive
Bats aren't birds, rather, they are mammals. Infact, they are the second largest order of mammals after rodents. We have over 1,400 species of bat. Globally, they make up about 20% of all classified mammal species
99% of a panda's diet is bamboo. They may eat fish or other small animals occasionally
When attacked by insects, lima beans plant will often command parasitic wasps to their defence.
When the leaves of the lima bean's leaves are eaten by insects, the plant gives off a substance that signals parasitic wasps to swam in, destroying its enemies (the leaf-eating insects) in the process
Frogs drink water through their skin
NOTABLE POINTS IN Biology
For a thing to be considered living, it must possess all the basic characteristics of life. These include:
Irritability or Sensitivity
During strenuous exercises like sprinting or running, your body may actually work in the shortage of oxygen. During this time, your body owes oxygen (called oxygen debt) and it must be replenished or repayed after the exercise is stopped. This is why you breathe excess of oxygen after you stopped the exercise.
This is the concept of anaerobic respiration
A food chain is a diagram that shows the relationship between plants and animals within a habitat on the basis of how they rely on each other for food.
Note: Habitat is a place where an organism live. It is of three types:
The term Biology originated from two Greek words. They are:
Bios: means life.
Logos: means knowledge or to study.
Biology can therefore be defined as the study of life
Anything that has life is generally considered as a living organism (or organism). All living organisms must be able to carry the following activities:
Irritability or Sensitivity
The above listed points are often regarded as the basic characteristics of life. You can memorize them using the acronym -> MR. NIGER DAC.
The gas used in the manufacture of food by plants is Carbon dioxide or Carbon(IV)oxide or CO2
Plants manufacture food through a process called photosynthesis.
It is noteworthy to state that plants are the only orgnisms that take away CO2 from the atmosphere