Object of the Week – 16/05/13

The Genus this butterfly belongs to played an important part in the study of mimicry. Can you name the Genus?

Name that Genus!

 

Did you know what last week’s object of the week was?

Our Asian Elephant foreleg (Elephas maximus) towers over all visitors to the museum. Not surprising as the shoulder height of Asian Elephants is between 2.5 and 3 meters tall!

Asian Elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia. The males can weigh over 5.5 tons; to distribute this weight their feet have a large surface area with a tough layer of fat on the bottom to act as a shock absorber.

Asian Elephants are listed as Endangered, primarily due to habitat loss. They are also hunted for ivory.