Coral reefs have existed for over 400 million years!
Here are some suggestions for a flag to represent all of Earth and everyone on it. Click through the image gallery to see them all
A snapshot of the world of Islam in 1400s. The newest Mongol state, the turkic-mongol Timurid Empire, was at the height of its power, while the last Islamic state was clinging to the Iberian Peninsula. The Kilwa Sultanate was at its peak, controlling much of the trade along the Swahili coast of Africa. Meanwhile India had broken up once again into a series of small kingdoms; the Muslim Mughal Empire was not for another 125 years.
The platypus is one of two families of mammals that survive today which lay eggs instead of giving live birth to their young. The other family is the echidna family, also found only in Australia.
The first nautical circumnavigation was by the Magellan-Elcano expedition, which sailed from Seville, Spain in 1519 and returned in 1522. The first successful aerial circumnavigation was completed by aviators of the U.S. Army Air Service in four Douglas World Cruiser biplanes in 1924. Thanks to /u/NewSwaraelia for the map!
New Zealander and Māori Georgina Beyer became the world’s first transsexual Member of Parliament in 1999.
There are between 120 and 175 individual languages spoken in the Philippines. If you take the larger count, 171 of the languages are living, while the other four no longer have any known speakers. There are some efforts to conserve the Philippines' linguistic diversity but at present, only English, Filipino, and Filipino Sign Language are officially recognized languages.
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