Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, longer than we have been walking the earth! What makes these apex predators so fascinating? Here, you can learn more about different shark species and what makes each of them one of a kind!
Before ringing in the new year, we would like to celebrate the species discovered in 2018. Each year brings new findings that expand the Encyclopedia of Life. Of the 1.74 million species that are on earth today, here are a few that became known to man in 2018.
What is palm oil?
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is commonly used in household products. The palm oil tree, Elaeis guineensis, flourishes in humid tropics and is farmed in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 85% of the palm oil that is produced is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil is made from the flesh of the fruit of the tree, while Palm Oil Kernal is made from extracting the oil of the fruit’s seed. Palm oil is used in about 50% of products that are purchased and are often used on a daily basis. It is used in prepackaged foods, cosmetics, soaps, cleaners, and more. Outside of household products, palm oil is also used in some livestock feed as palm kernel cake and is often used to fatten the livestock.