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Climate Change Linked To Massive Die-Off Of Endangered Saiga Antelopes

In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.

Animals January 18, 2018

Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

An AI algorithm can convert the vocalizations of prairie dogs into English. Now, animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is working on a pet translator that can translate a dog's barks into human language. When will this device become available?

Animals January 15, 2018

Dinosaur Enthusiasts Can Now Make 3D Prints Of A 200-Million-Year-Old Massospondylus At Home

South African researchers have digitally reconstructed the skull of a massospondylus, a dinosaur that lived 200 million years ago. It will help anyone anywhere in the world to make 3D prints of the dinosaur fossil at home.

Animals January 15, 2018

Do Lobsters Feel Pain? Here’s What Science Has To Say

Can lobsters feel pain the same way humans and other animals can? Scientists have tried to answer this question for quite some time now but have reached different conclusions. Here's what they have to say about it.

Animals January 15, 2018

Vets Recommend Vaccination For Pets As Dog Flu Spreads Across US

Canine influenza or dog flu is a serious threat to dogs. With the confirmed outbreak of dog flu in 46 states, vets advise the vaccination of non-infected dogs to prevent infection.

Animals January 14, 2018

Switzerland Bans Boiling Of Lobsters, Other Crustaceans Alive

Improvement of animal rights laws prompted the Swiss government to ban the boiling of live lobsters, a common culinary practice in restaurants. The new law sparked a debate on whether crustaceans can feel or sense pain.

Animals January 13, 2018

Was A Humpback Whale Knowingly Trying To Protect A Diver From Shark Attack?

A marine biologist's exceptional close encounter with a humpback whale has many amazed and others skeptical. Were the whale's motive purely altruistic or something else altogether?

Animals January 12, 2018

New Species Of Cannibal Pelican Spiders Discovered In Madagascar

Pelican spiders are a part of the 'Lazarus' taxon because they were thought to be extinct before they were found alive. In Madagascar, 18 species of the cannibalistic pelican spiders have been newly described.

Animals January 11, 2018

Giant Bats That Walked On 4 Legs Once Lived In New Zealand’s Forests

The fossils of a giant burrowing bat had been discovered in New Zealand. Named Vulcanops, the extinct bats used to walk on four legs.

Animals January 12, 2018

Triassic Lepidoptera Fossils Show Butterflies Are More Ancient Than Flowers

Butterflies and flowers did not originate in the same epoch. In fact, a new discovery by fossil scientists revealed that the colorful winged insects were fluttering around the world’s forests even before flowers existed.

Animals January 11, 2018

Noise Pollution From Oil And Gas Operations Causes PTSD-like Symptoms In Birds

Even the most noise-tolerant bird species are stressed by industrial noise pollution from oil and gas companies and the effects on them are precarious. Noise pollution, according to a study, is causing PTSD-like symptoms in birds that affect their reproduction.

Animals January 11, 2018

Pet Owners Worry Amid Rising Number Of Dog Flu Cases

From South Korea to the United States and now Canada, the H3N2 traveled a long way to reach Canadian shores With two dogs already infected and several more showing signs of respiratory distress, how can pet owners prevent further transmission?

Animals January 10, 2018

Green Turtles In Great Barrier Reef Turning Female Because Of Climate Change

Almost all green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef have been found to be female. Scientists discovered that in a significant population, the sex ratio is at 116 females to one male. What could be causing this feminization?

Animals January 9, 2018

Bonobos Like Bullies Who Harass And Steal From Others

Unlike humans who prefer nice people over mean ones, bonobos were found to prefer bullies over the nice guys. Why do these apes like individuals who showed bad behavior?

Animals January 5, 2018

Construction Workers Discover 130-Million-Year-Old Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Eggs In China

About 20 to 30 perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs were unearthed from Ganzhou. This city was granted the title of 'hometown of dinosaurs in China' as it served as the breeding ground for a specific type of dinosaur.

Animals January 2, 2018

Intersex Shark With Female And Male Genitalia Found In Taiwan

An intersex shark that contained both female and male genitalia was discovered in Taiwan. Scientists claim that the shark would have functioned as either sex.

Animals January 3, 2018

The Giant Pacific Octopus Is Actually 2 Different Species, And Nobody Noticed Until Now

An undergraduate student from Alaska Pacific University discovered that the giant Pacific octopus is actually made up of two species. The new frilled giant octopus features distinctive frills along the length of its body.

Animals December 29, 2017

Starfish Population In California Recovers From Mysterious Disease That Wiped Them Out

The starfish population in the West Coast has started to recover from the mysterious illness that struck in 2013. The disease, known as Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, is still present, and researchers continue to study it to find a cure.

Animals December 29, 2017

Scientists Discover Amazon’s Golden-Crowned Manakin To Be Rare Evolved Hybrids

The golden-crowned manakin was found by scientists to be an “incredibly rare” hybrid after analyzing its DNA. What makes this bird from the Amazon rainforest so special?

Animals December 27, 2017

Dogs Face The Highest Risk Of Chocolate Poisoning On Christmas

A study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that dogs face the highest risk of chocolate poisoning on Christmas. What are its symptoms, and what should owners do when dogs eat chocolate?

Animals December 27, 2017

150-Million-Year Old Giant Meat-Eating Sea Reptile Unearthed In Antarctica

Scientists from Argentina stumbled upon the remains of a giant sea reptile believed to have lived in Antarctica 150 million years ago. The discovery came as a surprise to scientists as it has never been documented in the continent before.

Animals December 22, 2017

Los Angeles Zoo Forced To Euthanize Nubian Ibex Herd: Here's What Happened

The Los Angeles Zoo was forced to euthanize its entire herd of Nubian ibex, made up of seven goats, last month. Authorities said that the decision was made to protect all the other animals in the zoo.

Animals December 22, 2017

Deadly Fungal Disease Threatens Snake Populations Across The Globe

A deadly fungal disease is threatening the population of snakes worldwide. The disease has already affected 23 snake species in the United States and three snake species in Europe.

Animals December 22, 2017

Reproductive Orgies Of Mexican Fish Are So Loud, They Can Deafen Dolphins

The Gulf Corvina has a really loud mating call and a noisy reproductive orgy. The fascinating spectacle of nature can however disappear and here's why.

Animals December 20, 2017

The Crest-Tailed Mulgara Isn't Extinct After All: Marsupial Found Alive And Well In Australia

A group of Australian scientists monitoring a protected area accidentally discovered a small and furry marsupial. It is identified as a crest-tail mulgara, which has been thought to be extinct in inland Australian regions for more than 100 years.

Animals December 20, 2017

This Primitive 3.5-Million-Year-Old Bear From Canada's High Arctic Had A Sweet Tooth

Scientists identified a fossil, dating back to 3.5 million years as the remains of a Protarctos abstrusus. It was closely related to the ancestors of modern bears and had a penchant for sugary food.

Animals December 19, 2017

Scientists Discover Truth Behind Near Extinction Of Sumatran Rhinoceros

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros for the first time. An analysis of the findings, published in the Current Biology journal, revealed a new truth regarding the near extinction of the species.

Animals December 18, 2017

Ancient Mammoth Skeleton Sold For $645,000: Guess Where It’ll Be Placed

In an auction in France, someone bought an ancient mammoth skeleton for nearly $700,000. The male mammoth's bones are 80 percent original bone, its tusks are 90 percent intact.

Animals December 18, 2017

Japanese Monkeys' Sexual Interaction With Deer Could Be For Practice Or Culture: Study

Researchers found that Japanese macaques at Minoo in Japan engage in sexual behaviors toward deer. It's possible that they do it for sex practice or as a cultural practice.

Animals December 16, 2017

A 512-Year-Old Greenland Shark Might Just Be The World's Oldest Living Vertebrate

Did this team of scientists just find the oldest living vertebrate in the world? Age and size aside, Greenland sharks are special and mysterious creatures for various reasons.

Animals December 15, 2017

Amber Fossils Show That Ticks Pestered Dinosaurs Just Like They Pester Dogs Now

A team of researchers were able to find a new species of prehistoric ticks preserved in chunks of amber fossils. These ticks, they presume, were highly likely sucking the blood off dinosaurs 99 million years ago.

Animals December 13, 2017

North Atlantic Right Whales Facing Extinction, Researchers Say

If no significant efforts are made, North Atlantic right whales could go extinct. A combination of vessel strikes and fishing gear entrapment, both of which involve humans, are killing this whale species.

Animals December 11, 2017

Heartbreaking Video Shows Starving Polar Bear Looking For Food In Ice-less Land

A biologist and photographer shared a video of a bony, starving polar bear looking for food on ice-less land. It serves as a reminder that polar bears are already experiencing the consequences of rising temperatures.

Animals December 9, 2017

LOOK: This Prehistoric Horseshoe Crab Fossil Looks Like Darth Vader's Helmet

A recently discovered horseshoe crab fossil was named after Darth Vader because of the creature's resemblance to the 'Star Wars' character's helmet. Despite their names, horseshoe crabs are more closely related to spiders than crabs.

Animals December 8, 2017

'Freeze-Flee' Response: Narwhals' Confused Response Could Cost Them Their Lives

Narwhals are often called the 'unicorn of the sea' because of the long tusks protruding from their heads. New research finds that human interference in their habitats are making them particularly vulnerable.

Animals December 8, 2017

New Species Of Extinct Marsupial Lion Found In Australia

A team of Australian scientists discovered fossil remains of a new species of marsupial lion, which they named Wakaleo schouteni. The animal is believed to have possessed similar characteristics with another species that was unearthed in the 1960s.

Animals December 8, 2017

Falcon Attack Strategy May One Day Inspire New Visually Guided Drones

Researchers said the peregrine falcons' attack strategy may one day inspire new visually guided drones that can target rogue drones. They fit these birds with video cameras and GPS to study how they move and swoop down on their preys.

Animals December 6, 2017

Thornton Triceratops Turns Out To Be Its Rarer Cousin The Torosaurus

The Thornton triceratops isn't what everyone thought it was. After paleontologists got a closer look at the fossil, they found out that it was the bones of the rarer torosaurus.

Animals December 6, 2017

Cats vs Dogs: Which One Is Smarter? New Study Sheds Light On Debate

Dogs might be smarter than cats based on neuron count, according to a new study. Time to figure out a way to break the bad news to Grumpy Cat.

Animals December 4, 2017

Now You See Me: Scallops Have Over A Hundred Telescope-Like Eyes

Scallops have mirrors in their over a hundred eyes, which allow them to see better than their other bivalve relatives. Their luminous blue eyes could inspire the development of tiny underwater cameras.

Animals December 3, 2017

Fishing Nets Threaten Rare Penguins In New Zealand

The population of New Zealand's rare yellow-eyed penguins is already threatened. A recent global review shows that many of them died from drowning after being entangled in fishing nets.

Animals December 2, 2017

Not All Rats Are Created Equal: Why Uptown Manhattan Rats Are Different From Downtown

Uptown and downtown Manhattan rats are different from each other, according to a new study on how rats navigate the city. This is partly because these pesky rodents don’t move away far from their original location.

Animals December 2, 2017

Hundreds Of Pterosaur Eggs Found In China: What Do These Reveal About Prehistoric Flying Reptiles?

At least 215 eggs belonging to the pterosaur species called Hamipterus tianshanensis were found in China. Analyses of the eggs revealed about the development of the prehistoric flying reptiles.

Animals December 1, 2017

Mariana Snailfish: Here’s A Look At The Deepest-Dwelling Fish In The Ocean

An international team of researchers discovered a new species of snailfish, which they now call by its scientific name: Pseudoliparis swirei. For the first time, the team described the new species in a recently published paper.

Animals November 29, 2017

Are Yetis Real? DNA Links Abominable Snowman To Himalayan Bears

Does the abominable snowman exist? A DNA study that looked into the mitochondrial genome of the purported samples of the Yeti revealed that the specimens belong to animals.

Animals November 29, 2017

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