Animal and Plant Games - Learning: National Museum Cardiff
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Fitness and Survival
Animals and plants have to compete on a daily basis to survive. Strength, size, speed and agility can all help give them an advantage over competitors.
Look for the Cheetah coin symbol in our Lower and Upper Natural History galleries, Evolution of Wales, Natural World and Origins galleries to follow our trail.
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Here are the answers to the questions in the Animal and Plant Games Gallery Trail. Well Done!
- How much weight can dung beetles move? In 2010, the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus was named the world's strongest insect with estimates suggesting it could move 1,141 times its own body weight. This would be the same as a human moving 6 double decker buses! Many of the larger beetles although not as strong may move objects up to 50 times their weight, still an amazing achievement.
- Which two plants have very poisonous seeds? What poisons do they contain? Castor Oil Plant and Rosary Pea. They contain lectins, which are the most lethal plant toxins. Ricin (Castor Oil plant seeds) and Abrin (Rosary Pea seeds).
- Could you beat a Cheetah in a race? The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal, able to reach speeds of around 100 kph (62 mph) but only in short bursts. The fastest man on the planet can reach around 37 kph over 100 meters.
- Which plant is even faster than the Venus fly-trap when closing its traps? Bladderwort has the fastest closing traps of any plant, just a fraction of a millisecond.
- Where was the world's largest recorded Leatherback Turtle found? Harlech, North Wales. This specimen is on display in the Museum's galleries.
- How many different types of footprints can you see in the display of dinosaur trackways from Bendricks? There are two main types of footprints, one made by a Plateosaur-like (herbivorous) dinosaur, and one made by a Coelophysis-like (meat-eating) dinosaur. Some indistinct footprints on the slabs may have been made by a third type of dinosaur.