"A man moves through time. It means nothing except that, like a harpoon, once thrown he will arrive". In this case it's a camel, not a man, and how could the artist[s] know that it would be 2,000 years before these camels were once again examined by the human eye? Scientists aren't entirely certain of the significance of this ancient and highly detailed rock art: who carved it? Why camels? No matter how you carve it, it's incredible that these works stalwartly stood the test of time. Happy #Humpday, folks! Check out the link in bio to learn more about today's #camelfact! . . . . . . . . . . . . #camels#rva#camel#camelfacts#mammals#mammal#evolution#science#archaeology#saudiarabia#art#ancient#prehistoric#whoa#wow
Did you know that camels can drink up to 40 gallons of water at a time? Most humans and animals need to lose 15% of their water before becoming dehydrated, but camels are able to lose 25%, which means they can go longer between drinks!
"The Bigger Your Brain, the Longer Your Yawn, This bizarre correlation has at least some biological plausibility." That's the beginning of an article in Scientific American, discussing a study that indicates that "the motor action pattern of yawning functions to promote cortical arousal and state change through enhanced intracranial circulation and brain cooling," or, in laypeople's terms: the longer the yawn the bigger the brain! And guess what, camels have one of the longest yawns of any mammal! They rank in at an average of 4.8 seconds, compared to an African elephant's 6, and a human's (that's you!) 6.5.
Ahhh, geosmin! Do you smell it? That earthy, muddy, soil-damp smell that one so strongly associates with oncoming rain. Researchers have teased out the aromas associated with a rainstorm and deciphered the olfactory messages they convey, and it's not just us -- camels, too! Happy #Humpday, folks, today's #camelfact is a celebration of geosmin: an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor & aroma produced by certain bacteria. Geosmin is responsible for the earthy taste of beets and a contributor to that pungent petrichor potpourri that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather or when soil is disturbed. If you'd like to learn more about geosmin then check out the link in bio! . . . . . . . . . . . . #camels#rva#camel#camelfacts#mammals#mammal#evolution#rain#water#hydrate#hydration#desert#bacteria#smell#olfactory#chemistry