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Birds are related to dinosaurs

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ACCORDING to studies conducted by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, the closest relatives of birds are dinosaurs.

According to Reader’s Digest, One of the earliest birds was a creature called archaeopteryx, which lived 150 million years ago. It had teeth, a long tail and feathers. The question remains, however. Did birds descend from dinosaurs?

Among birds, one of the easiest, and also the smartest to train, is African lovebirds, according to Jericho Cruzado, owner and trainer of such pets.

He says it takes only about one month of training for lovebirds to learn new tricks. He says it’s best to start training them when they’re 3 weeks old.

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Dennis Salvador, executive director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, called to raise awareness about the need to protect our eagles in a recent episode of our TV show, “Matanglawin”.

The foundation hopes to engage people and organizations to raise greater awareness on the need to save them from harm.

A temporary museum, courtesy of Cesar Mario Mamon, president of Enchanted Kingdom, is at hand.

Dr. Mundita Lim, director, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, appeals to all to take care of the Philippine eagle.

She also wants to create an advocacy for other species, not just birds.

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TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources): An average pig squeals at a range from 100 to 115 decibels.

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An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.

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Average calories burned daily by the sled dogs running in Alaska’s annual Iditarod race: 10,000.

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Average length of a coat hanger when straightened: 44 inches.

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Average number of eggs laid by the female American Oyster per year: 500 million. Usually only one oyster out of the bunch reaches maturity.

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Average number of hummingbirds required to create the weight of 1 ounce: 18.

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Average number of squirts from a cow’s udder needed to yield a gallon of milk: 345.

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Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.

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During pregnancy, the average woman’s uterus expands up to 500 times its normal size.

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Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

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Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

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