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Jellyfish Prove That You Don't Need A Brain To Sleep: So What?

Three CalTech graduate students proved through research that even brainless jellyfish also need to sleep. They discovered that a genus of jellyfish known as the Cassiopea displayed sleep-like behavior similar to humans at night.

Animals

Fossilized Poop of Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Reveals They Sometimes Ate Crabs

Researchers found traces of crustacean within the 75-million-year-old fossilized feces of a megaherbivore. The fossilized feces contains excellent insight regarding the life and possibly more diverse diets of the hadrosaurs.

Animals September 22, 2017

Size Does Matter When It Comes To Animal Extinction Risk

The smallest and largest of animals are the most vulnerable to extinction risk, a study of 27,000 vertebrate species revealed. The research also showed there are species being overlooked in terms of conservation efforts.

Animals September 19, 2017

Octlantis: Marine Biologists Discover Underwater City Of Gloomy Octopuses With Complex Social Behaviors

Up to 15 gloomy octopuses congregate in an underwater site in Jervis Bay, Australia. The cephalopods at Octlantis showed complex social behaviors and were observed communicating, mating and chasing away unwanted octopuses.

Animals September 19, 2017

Ancient Amphibians Had Fangs And Thousands Of Tiny Teeth

Ancient amphibians were found to have thousands of tiny teeth protruding from the roof of their mouths. The tiny teeth have a hook-like structure that points backward into the mouth.

Animals September 16, 2017

LOOK: 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Comes To Life In 3D Sculpture

A 500-million-year-old miniscule creature was brought to life in the form of an extremely detailed 3D sculpture. Now people will be able to see in detail the 1-centimeter sea creature that scientists love for many reasons.

Animals September 16, 2017

Farming Fish: Parrotfish Harvest From Their Favorite Corals

Parrotfish allow their favorite feeding spots to grow before making another harvest. This is not just beneficial to the fish, but to the coral reef as well.

Animals September 16, 2017

Experts Name New Species Of Prehistoric Crocodile From Texas

Researchers describe a new species of a massive prehistoric dinosaur that was found in a prime fossil area in Texas. The Deltasuchus motherali was so large it could grow up to 20 feet.

Animals September 15, 2017

Climate Change Threatens One Third Of All Parasites: Why This Is Bad

A third of all parasite species could be wiped out by the year 2070, according to researchers. Losing a significant amount of the species could spell bad news for the ecosystem.

Animals September 10, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Could Be At Risk Of Extinction

The number of migrating western monarch butterflies has dropped from millions to just approximately 300,000. Is it time for the monarch butterfly species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act?

Animals September 8, 2017

'Ghost' Lobster Caught By Fisherman From Ocean Off Maine

Maine lobsterman Alex Todd caught a translucent white lobster in a trap. Experts said that the weird-looking crustacean is not an albino. It has a genetic condition called Leucism.

Animals September 4, 2017

Royal Diet: How Honeybee Diet Determines Development Of Queen Bees And Worker Bees

Researchers found that the early diet of honeybees can determine which bee will become the queen of the colony. Do plants have anything to do with this?

Animals September 2, 2017

Coral Reef Fish Can Adapt To Fluctuating Carbon Dioxide Levels: Study

Researchers found that coral reef fish are actually more resilient to fluctuating carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. However, the discovered resilience still has a limit.

Animals September 1, 2017

Largest Ichthyosaurus In Fossil Record Was Pregnant At Death

The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen was found in the mid-1990s. Analysis revealed it was pregnant with the third known embryo for Ichthyosaurus when it died in the Early Jurassic period.

Animals August 29, 2017

Zebrafish Willingly Work To Get Opioid Doses: Study

Researchers experimented on zebrafish to observe the science of drug addiction and withdrawal. The addicted fish voluntarily worked harder to gain access and self-administer opioids.

Animals August 26, 2017

US, Canada To Team Up To Find Out What Is Killing Whales

The NOAA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are teaming up to investigate the deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales this year. The agencies aim to investigate the 'unusual mortality event' and to look for possible solutions.

Animals August 26, 2017

Topeka Zoo Gorilla Tiffany Dies Of Ovarian Cancer After Constipation Surgery

Forty-nine-year-old Tiffany the Gorilla of Topeka Zoo in Kansas was euthanized after veterinarians discovered she has ovarian cancer that has spread. The lowland gorilla underwent a colon surgery prior to her death.

Animals August 21, 2017

How Did The First Animals Appear On Earth? Algae Blooms May Have The Answer

How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.

Animals August 17, 2017

‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ Emerges As Missing Link In Dino Evolution

The Chilesaurus dinosaur, dubbed the Frankenstein dinosaur, is considered the missing piece of the puzzle of dinosaur evolution. Learn how it establishes the link between plant-eating dinos and carnivorous ones.

Animals August 17, 2017

Goldfish Get Drunk On Themselves To Survive Frozen Waters

Survival of the fittest means getting drunk in frozen waters for goldfish. Researchers discovered that goldfish produce alcohol from their cells to survive in low-oxygen waters.

Animals August 12, 2017

Pilot Whale Released Back To Sea After Rehabilitation At SeaWorld

A pilot whale affectionately called Gale was returned to the sea after five weeks of rehabilitation in SeaWorld Orlando. Bringing her back to her natural habitat was achieved with the help of SeaWorld Orlando, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Animals August 12, 2017

Fossil Discovered In China Hints Oldest Winged Mammal From Jurassic Period

The discovery of 160-year-old fossils in China shows the existence of early mammals during the Jurassic era. Their long arms, skin membrane, and joints suggest that the long-extinct creatures were capable of flight.

Animals August 12, 2017

Scientists Create First Mutant Ants Using CRISPR Gene Editing To Study Social Behavior

Researchers used CRISPR to remove a gene in ants that allow them to sense the pheromones they also use to communicate with other ants. Without it, the mutant ants were less sociable, were strange in behavior, and had altered brain shapes.

Animals August 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 Will Have Effect On Your Pets

Don't be surprised if your pets and other animals suddenly behave strangely during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21. Some may hide, suddenly disappear, or even fall out of trees.

Animals August 11, 2017

Biggest Known Dinosaur To Walk Earth Just Got Named

Researchers just officially described and named the largest dinosaur on Earth to have ever lived: the Patagotitan mayorum. Learn more about the biggest member of the sauropod dinosaur family.

Animals August 9, 2017

Over-Mothered Puppies Less Likely To Graduate From Guide Dog Training

Maternal style early in life influences puppies' odds for success, with puppies of doting mothers less likely to successfully complete guide dog training programs. Here's why less attentive mothers raise better guide dogs.

Animals August 8, 2017

Australian Teen Attacked By Marine Flesh Eater: What Are Those Mysterious Sea Critters?

What seemed like an ordinary trip to the beach ended up as a medical emergency for 16-year-old Sam Kanizay of Australia. What caused his wound that led to profuse bleeding and lots of skin marks: sea lice or sea fleas?

Animals August 8, 2017

Massive Fish That Eats Prey Like Sharks Found In Nevada

The fossil of the Birgeria americana, a newly discovered fish species believed to look and eat prey like a shark, has been found in Nevada. Learn more about the findings of Swiss and U.S. researchers on the Nevada fossil.

Animals August 7, 2017

Hikers Rescue Rarely Seen Bobcat Kitten Roaming Alone

A juvenile bobcat gets rescued after stalking hikers on a mountain trail near Sausalito, California. The kitten has been examined and will be released in a few months.

Animals August 5, 2017

Giant Fish Species Eluded Scientists For Centuries: Here's How It Was Discovered

The new species of sunfish dubbed Hoodwinker has been hiding in plain sight for centuries. Here's how researchers tapped social media and used pictures, old publications, and museum collections to describe the new species of giant fish.

Animals July 25, 2017

On Shark Week: How To Survive A Scary Shark Attack

On Shark Week 2017, how to survive a shark attack remains very relevant and entails the valuable trait of aggressiveness. Here are also some expert tips on how to prevent shark encounters in the first place.

Animals July 24, 2017

3 New Toad Species Are Just Discovered In Nevada, And They Are Already Under Threat

Three new toad species emerged in Nevada’s Great Basin from a 10-year survey, and things aren't looking so good for all of them. The newly discovered Dixie Valley toad is deemed already threatened by a proposed geothermal energy project.

Animals July 24, 2017

25 Years After Entering Endangered List, Karner Blue Butterfly Thrives And Exceeds Recovery Targets

In a successful butterfly species recovery story, the Karner blue butterfly continues to grow in numbers in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in New York. A little more push and it could leave the endangered species list.

Animals July 21, 2017

Elephant Seals Recognize Rhythm And Pitch To Avoid Bullies

Scientists have discovered that elephant seals can identify each other using their unique voices. Male seals use voice identification to evade and flee from aggressive alphas.

Animals July 21, 2017

Genetics Unlocks Mystery Of Why Dogs Are Friendly

Why are dogs friendly? Researchers look for clues in common underlying genetics between dogs and humans to potentially explain dogs’ hyper-social behavior toward people.

Animals July 20, 2017

Bobcat Attacks Man And Dog In Arizona, Tests Positive For Rabies

What to do when a bobcat attacks? Here's the question Steve Verschoor from Arizona ultimately answered for himself when he helped out a man and his dog struggling with a bobcat attack last weekend.

Animals July 18, 2017

New Formula Can Predict Top Speed Of Animals Including Dinosaurs

Using a new math formula, researchers were able to predict the top speed of different animals including extinct prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs. Which one was faster, the T. rex or the velociraptor?

Animals July 18, 2017

Preliminary Necropsy Results Of Right Whales Found In Gulf Of St. Lawrence Uncover Evidence Of Ship Collision

Scientists performing necropsy on the Seven Right Whale carcasses found in June reveal preliminary results. Evidence of ship collisions discovered but other causes not ruled out.

Animals July 16, 2017

Ravens Have Planning Capabilities: Here Are Other Animals With Incredible Abilities

Researchers found that ravens' planning ability parallels that of great apes and human children. Other animals also have amazing abilities that are both impressive and adorable.

Animals July 16, 2017

NOAA Suspends Whale Rescue Efforts After Rescuer's Death

The NOAA has announced their suspension of whale disentanglement efforts as a result of the accidental death of a veteran rescuer. The decision was made to review their current emergency response protocols.

Animals July 14, 2017

Indestructible Tardigrades: Water Bears Can Survive The Apocalypse

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Harvard explore the astrophysical events that could kill tardigrades and sterilize the Earth. What they found was a resilience of life on Earth thanks to tardigrades.

Animals July 15, 2017

Squirrels Remember How To Solve Problems For Up To 2 Years

Squirrels exhibit effective problem solving behavior when facing obstacles similar to challenges they have already solved. A study suggests that they remember and learn from past mistakes.

Animals July 14, 2017

London Natural History Museum Unveils 'Hope' The Blue Whale As Its Newest Attraction

The London National History Museum has unveiled 'Hope' the blue whale as the new centerpiece for its atrium. It will replace the much-loved 'Dippy' the dinosaur, which had been on display in the museum for more than 100 years.

Animals July 14, 2017

Smart Birds: Ravens Can Plan Ahead Just Like Humans

Researchers find ravens to have planning capabilities similar to apes and human children. Thie birds were found to use this unique capability for tool usage and bartering.

Animals July 15, 2017

New Giant Sunfish Species 'Hoodwinker' First To Be Discovered After More Than 100 Years

The newly named Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta) has evaded scientists for centuries. How was it discovered and what makes it different from the Mola mola and Mola ramsayi sunfish species?

Animals July 24, 2017

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