The Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), native to southern and eastern Australia, is the most commonly encountered kangaroo species, as it can be found in and around the major cities within its range. Although males can typically reach a height of 2 metres (6.6 ft) and weigh around 66 kilograms (146 lb), and the scientific name translates to "gigantic large-foot", the Red Kangaroo is actually larger.Photo credit: Fir0002
A c. 1890–1900 photochrom of Dam Square, a town square in Amsterdam. Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam and is roughly rectangular in shape. It derives its name from its original function: a dam on the Amstel River, hence also the name of the city. The column with the statue on top (center-left) was known as "Naatje of the Dam" and was removed in 1914.Image: Detroit Publishing Co.; Restoration: Lise Broer
A male Lamprima aurata, one of about 1,200 species of stag beetles. The name is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males of most species, which resemble the antlers of stags (male deer). Males use their jaws to wrestle each other for favoured mating sites, but despite their often fearsome appearance they are normally not aggressive to humans.Photo credit: Fir0002
Gustave Doré's depiction of Canto VII of Dante's Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy. Here, we see the fourth circle (out of nine) of Hell, in which hoarders and wasters are forced to move around giant bags of gold, similar to the mythological story of Sisyphus. Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.Restoration: Adam Cuerden
The Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) is a common and familiar passerine bird found across southeastern Australia. The species exhibits a high degree of sexual dimorphism; the male in breeding plumage has a striking bright blue forehead, ear coverts, mantle and tail with a black mask and black or dark blue throat. Non-breeding males, females (one shown here) and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour.Photo credit: Fir0002
Ink-on-paper drawing of a Japanese archer practicing kyūdō, the Japanese art of archery. Archery in Japan has a long history, with the first molded metal images of Japanese bows dating to the Yayoi period. Bows were used in warfare until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. During the Edo period, Japan enjoyed a long era of peace, and archery, influenced by Chinese Zen monks, developed into a martial art.Artist: Unknown; Restoration: Lise Broer
Two houseflies (Musca domestica) mating. One of the most widely distributed insects all over the world, females are ready to mate some 36 hours after emerging from the pupal stage. Normally the female mates only once, and will lay approximately 500 eggs in several batches of about 75 to 150 each.Photo credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
De Magere Compagnie (completed 1637), which depicts a company of schutterij, a voluntary city guard or citizen militia in the medieval and early modernNetherlands. Frans Hals was commissioned to create this, but he was unable to complete it after three years, and the company hired Pieter Codde to finish it. Group portraits such as this of schutterij were known as schuttersstuk, and were popular among the guards themselves.