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Heteromyids play important ecological roles in terms of seed dispersal and as part of food chains, being preyed upon by owls, snakes, coyotes, and other predators. The burrows of kangaroo rats provide habitat for other animals and for plant growth. In many ecosystems, heteromyids are considered keystone species. For humans, the joy of nature is enhanced by sightings of heteromyids at night (they are nocturnal), with the kangaroo rats and mice being especially unique with their long jumps, long and beautiful tails, and, for some species, a special defense against snakes that actually has them first approaching closely, then jumping back, and drumming with their feet.
Akbar is best known for his vision of empire as an interfaith community—a view quite exceptional for his time. Although a pious Muslim, he believed that truth underlies all religions and pioneered inter-religious collaboration through his discussions with religious scholars, his promotion of the unity of religious truth, and through his own inter-cultural marriages. Although his policies clearly had pragmatic benefits in attracting the loyalty of non-Muslims, Akbar's personal commitment to unity appears to have been genuine. Unfortunately, his enlightened policies were short-lived, to be reversed by his successor Aurangzeb. Nevertheless they merit him the title "the Great."