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DNA Samples From Graves And Mummies Reveal Ancient Cats Had Striped Coats

DNA evidence suggests that ancient cats tend to sport striped coats. Illustrations in ancient Egyptian murals also depict striped cats. When did the blotched markings in these felines become common?

Animals June 20, 2017

From Ancient Egypt To Your Bedroom, New Research Sheds Light On The Domestic Cat

Cats now occupy nearly every corner of the globe, but where did they come from? A new study lends insight into the origins of the domestic cat.

Animals June 19, 2017

Peanut Worm, Faceless Fish, And More: Strange Sea Creatures Surprise Australian Scientists

A team from Museums Victoria in Australia has just come back from its month-long deep sea expedition. Its surprise to the public: a range of strange underwater creatures that include the peanut worm, blob fish, and many more.

Animals June 19, 2017

Michael Phelps vs Shark Is All Hype Because Here's How Fast A Great White Shark Is

As part of Discovery Channel’s 'Shark Week' series, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is set to race against a great white shark. Early signs, however, suggest Phelps is destined to lose.

Animals June 17, 2017

Maine Jogger Kills Rabid Raccoon With Bare Hands After It Attacked Her

A Maine woman who was out jogging near her home was bitten and attacked by a rabid raccoon, but she fought back in a struggle. Here is how the entire thing ensued.

Animals June 16, 2017

After Being Hunted For A Century, America's Gray Seals Are Making A Comeback

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, New England's seal population is making a comeback. Current estimates put the population in the tens of thousands.

Animals June 15, 2017

World's First Two-Headed Porpoise Found Off The Coast Of Netherlands

A two-headed porpoise has been discovered off the coast of the Netherlands. This represents the world's first discovery of such a specimen.

Animals June 14, 2017

Dog Flu Case On The Rise: Here's How To Keep Your Pet Healthy

Dog flu cases were confirmed in eight southern states in the United States. Here’s a look at what dog owners can do to ensure that their canine friends are safeguarded against the highly contagious disease.

Animals June 10, 2017

Ravens Remember If A Human Treated Them Unfairly: Study

Do not break a raven’s trust. A new study revealed that ravens remember even a single transgression against them and learn when they get tricked.

Animals June 10, 2017

Doctors For Humans Help Deliver 5-Pound Baby Gorilla At Philadelphia Zoo

A baby western lowland gorilla birthed on Friday, June 2, at Philadelphia Zoo needed the help of not only veterinarians, but also professionals in the human medical field to be born. The team successfully performed an assisted vaginal delivery on the mother.

Animals June 7, 2017

Faceless Fish, Other Strange Sea Creatures Found In Abyss Off Australia's Coast: See Photos Of These Strange Species

The Australian Marine Biodiversity Hub is on a monthlong journey to search and discover Australia’s deep-sea biodiversity. Aside from the Faceless Cusk, here are some of the other deep-sea creatures that the team found.

Animals June 1, 2017

Tree-Climbing Goats Help Disperse Argan Seeds In Morocco By Spitting Them Out

Tree-climbing goats in Morocco appear to have a different way of helping propagate the valuable Argan trees. The animals spit out the nuts that they eat, which helps disperse the seeds.

Animals May 31, 2017

Here's Why Brachycephalic Dogs Such As Pugs And Bulldogs Have Flat Face

Brachycephalic dogs such as bulldogs and pugs are the result of selective breeding processes. DNA analysis now reveals the genetic mutation responsible for the flat face of these dogs.

Animals May 30, 2017

Endangered Blue Whale Dies After Colliding With A Ship: Carcass Washes Ashore On A Northern California Beach

A 79-foot blue whale carcass washed ashore on Northern California's Agate Beach on May 26. Scientists and experts stated that the whale died because it collided with a ship.

Animals May 29, 2017

Survey Offers Hope For Declining Honeybee Population: What More Can Be Done To Save The Bees

The United States only saw a 30 percent decline in the bee population in 2016 but Americans can do better with helping save bee colonies. Here are ways to rescue the hardworking pollinators.

Animals May 28, 2017

Number 1 Enemy Of Bees: This Parasite Transmits Viruses That Kill Honeybee Colonies

Mites that are about the size of deer ticks transmit viruses and diseases to honeybees and kill colonies. Here's how beekeepers try to save the bees from this parasite.

Animals May 28, 2017

Cuban Boas Hunt In Packs!

A new study reports of coordinated hunting behavior among Cuban boas. This recorded observation shows a possibly more social behavior among reptiles than previously thought.

Animals May 26, 2017

US Honey Bee Colony Loss Improves: Beekeepers Lost Only 33 Percent Bees In A Year

A new survey revealed that honey bee colony losses are at the lowest in more than 10 years. The annual loss rate of honey bee colonies reduced from 40.5 percent in 2015-2016 to 33 percent in 2016-2017.

Animals May 26, 2017

This Is Why Flamingos Sleep Standing On 1 Leg

The flamingos’ signature pose has long been a mystery for everyone, but researchers finally have a plausible answer. The bird’s one-legged stance saves more energy.

Animals May 26, 2017

Veteran South African Hunter Crushed To Death As Elephant Gets Gunned Down And Collapses On Him

Renowned big game hunting expert Theunis Botha died Friday, My 19, from being crushed by an elephant while on a hunt in Zimbabwe. Know the details of the unfortunate incident that occurred near Hwange National Park.

Animals May 23, 2017

Young Whale Stranded In California Harbor Finds Way Out

A 30-foot-long humpback whale got stranded in Ventura Harbor in California this weekend. The good news is it was able to make its way out without dying our incurring any apparent injury, according to authorities.

Animals May 22, 2017

Biological Origami: How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings Could Produce Better Umbrellas And Other Designs

Ladybugs have long kept their origami-like wing-folding secrets behind their spotted wing cases. Now researchers have discovered how they do it and it could help in future engineering designs.

Animals May 21, 2017

Dummy Caterpillars Glued On Plants Reveal Global Predation Patterns: Where Are They Most Likely To Be Eaten?

A dummy caterpillar experiment revealed a clear pattern in predation risk across the globe. Results show a higher risk for insect prey closer to the equator and at lower elevations.

Animals May 19, 2017

Rare Snail Jeremy Left Defeated In Love Triangle: How The Poor Snail’s Potential Suitors Ended Up Mating With Each Other

Accidentally friendzoned. This is the story of Jeremy, a genetically rare, one in a million snail, and his lovers’ tryst that ended not quite as expected.

Animals May 18, 2017

Orangutan Moms Are Breastfeeding Champs That Nurse Kids For Up To 9 Years

Orangutans nurse longer than any other mammal, sometimes into the ninth year of life. Find out what drives this long breastfeeding in orangutans and how the food supply affects weaning in these primates.

Animals May 18, 2017

New Zealand’s Penguins Are Fast Disappearing: How Are Penguins Elsewhere In The World Doing - Or Dying?

Just like the yellow-eyed penguin of New Zealand, the already endangered African penguin is also under threat of becoming extinct. More than half of the world’s penguin species are dwindling due to global warming and man’s intrusion in their habitat.

Animals May 17, 2017

New Zealand's Penguins Are On The Verge Of Extinction

New Zealand's penguin population is at risk of going extinct within the next few decades. Climate change is a factor, but it's not the sole culprit.

Animals May 16, 2017

How Long Did The Dinosaurs Last After Chicxulub Impact? 'Maybe Months'

What really killed the dinosaurs? It wasn't the asteroid, but the long winter that followed its descent.

Animals May 16, 2017

Extinction By Chance? Dinosaurs Would Have Survived If Chicxulub Asteroid Struck Earth 30 Seconds Earlier

The asteroid that created the Chicxulub crater and was blamed for the extinction of dinosaurs may have hit the waters of the Pacific or Atlantic if it arrived late. What could have happened if it was delayed for 30 seconds?

Animals May 15, 2017

Suspected Giant Squid Found In Indonesia Is As Big As Boat: Here Are Other Gigantic Sea Animals That Washed Up Ashore

A creature thought to be a giant squid washed up on the shores of Indonesia. What other massive sea creatures recently ended up on sandy shores?

Animals May 13, 2017

Gigantic Sea Creature That Washed Up On Indonesia's Shores Is Not A Giant Squid: What Is It?

The mysterious creature that washed up on the shores of an Indonesian island was initially thought to be a boat. It was later described as a giant squid but marine experts think it is something else.

Animals May 12, 2017

15 Great White Sharks Spotted Swimming Near Beachgoers Off California Coast

Orange County officers advised beachgoers to calmly head to shore after spotting a number of great white sharks in the surf line. Watch the video footage taken from a helicopter.

Animals May 12, 2017

Humans' Sense Of Smell Is Just As Good As Dogs’: Study

It is a popular belief that the human olfactory sense is inferior to that of other mammals. A new research traces the history of this myth and proves this false.

Animals May 12, 2017

Preserved Soft Tissues Found In Dinosaur That Looked Like Ghostbusters Monster

Fossils of the Zuul Crurivastator, an ankylosaur dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, were found to have preserved soft tissues. How does this make the specimen a rare find?

Animals May 11, 2017

Orphan No More: Dinosaur Fossil ‘Baby Louie' Finally Identified As Member Of New Species

Famous dinosaur fossil 'Baby Louie,' found in China some 20 years ago, is now described as part of a new species of giant oviraptorosaurs. Learn more about the characteristics of the Beibeilong sinensis.

Animals May 10, 2017

What Are Narwhal Tusks For? Drone Footage Of The Toothed Whales Off Waters In Canada Offers Answer [Video]

Drone footage of narwhals confirms one theory about how they use their mysterious tusk. Watch how these toothed whales use their protruding tooth.

Animals May 13, 2017

How Come Sharks Are Washing Up Dead On San Francisco Bay?

Thousands of leopard sharks have died in San Francisco Bay and have washed up on shores. According to experts, the possible cause of this mass mortality could be poisoning from chemical waste dumped into the bay from the drains.

Animals May 7, 2017

Killer Whale Found Dead In Scotland Has Highest Level Of Toxic Chemical Ever Recorded

An adult killer whale from a small group of whales in Scotland was found dead last year. Analysis of her blubber shows the highest ever recorded PCB toxicity levels in a marine mammal.

Animals May 5, 2017

Denmark Welcomes Its First Wolf Pack After 200 Years

Scientists confirm the first wolf pack to prowl Denmark two centuries after the last European wolf was killed in the country. Experts are wary about revealing more information.

Animals May 5, 2017

Supreme Court Will Not Review Case Challenging Critical Habitat Of Polar Bears In The Arctic

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for designating a 120 million-acre area in the Arctic as critical habitat for Polar Bears. Roughly 96 percent of the critical habitat was offshore.

Animals May 2, 2017

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