Description. The northern tamandua is a medium-sized anteater with a prehensile tail, small eyes and ears, and a long snout. The fur is pale yellow over most of the body, with a distinctive patch of black fur over the flanks, back, and shoulders, that somewhat resembles a vest in shape.
The tongues of pangolins are extremely long, and like those of the giant anteater and the tube-lipped nectar bat, the root of the tongue is not attached to the hyoid bone, but is in the thorax between the sternum and the trachea. Large pangolins can extend their tongues as much as 40 cm (16 in), with a diameter of only 0.5 cm (1 ⁄ 5 in).
Anteaters belong to a group of animals with the Latin name Vermilingua, which means ‘worm tongue‘. The name comes from the animals’ long, thin tongues, which are used to gather up large quantities of ants and termites. There are four species of anteater: the giant anteater, silky anteater, southern tamandua and northern tamandua.
After Man: A Zoology of the Future is the first book of speculative zoology/evolution written by Dougal Dixon Published in 1981, it exposes though different descriptions and illustrations the inhabitants of the earth 50 million years in the future after the extinction of humanity and much of the Holocene megafauna.
Apr 01, 2019 · The giant anteater inhabits savannas and rainforests from Guatemala to Argentina. It is a great swimmer and, like its arboreal relatives, a fine climber. It is well-adapted to feeding on ants and termites with its 39-inch (1 m) sticky tongue, strong sense of smell, and powerful, sharp claws.