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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

Finches In Galapagos Island Evolved In Just Two Generations: Here Are Other Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

The Big Birds became reproductively isolated from the native birds on Daphne Major, a tiny Galapagos island, in just two generations. Here are other species that are evolving fast.

Animals November 25, 2017

These Flies Can Dive Underwater And Stay Dry: Here's How That's Possible

A new study uncovered the mystery of how Mono Lake's 'alkali flies' can stay dry after diving underwater. Here's how they do it.

Animals November 25, 2017

Dolly The Sheep Did Not Die Because She Was A Clone

A team of researchers studied cloned sheep's bones and found no signs of osteoarthritis, as was feared after Dolly's death. What makes Dolly such an important sheep?

Animals November 24, 2017

'Big Bird': Galapagos Study Shows New Bird Species Developed In Just Two Generations

The "Big Bird” finch species came about after a cactus finch from Española Island flew over to Daphne Major and mated with a local species. There are now 30 members of this new species on the island.

Animals November 24, 2017

Why Do Bowhead Whales Keep Returning To Cumberland Sound, Nunavut? To Exfoliate, Of Course

Bowhead whales don't go to Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, only to feed but also to rub against the rocks to help remove their dead skin. The curious behavior of the marine mammals has been confirmed by way of an incidental observation.

Animals November 23, 2017

Male Dolphins Give Gifts, Have Wingmen To Attract Potential Mates

Humpback male dolphins off the coast of Western Australia were observed giving gifts to females of the species. What present do these cetaceans offer to attract potential mates?

Animals November 22, 2017

Massive Skeleton Of Extinct Steller’s Sea Cow Found On Russian Beach

The 17-foot remains of a Steller's sea cow was found in a Russian beach. The now-extinct animal was hunted to extinction 27 years after it was discovered.

Animals November 22, 2017

Rapid Extinction Of Passenger Pigeon May Be Due to Lack Of Genetic Diversity

Evolutionary biologists found that passenger pigeons became extinct as a result of natural selections. The loss of genetic diversity did not allow them to adapt well to sparse groups when their number started to decline.

Animals November 17, 2017

Chronic Wasting Disease Threatens Deer Population: What You Should Know

The deer population in different parts of the United States is increasingly being affected by chronic wasting disease. Reports of infected deer have come in from Minnesota, Wyoming, and Montana, among other states.

Animals November 16, 2017

This Fungal Parasite Turns Ants Into Zombies: Here Are Other Mind-Controlling Parasites

The zombie ant fungus evidently keeps ant brains intact so it can complete its mission for the fungi. Here are other interesting albeit creepy mind-controlling parasites.

Animals November 12, 2017

Study Reveals What Influences Bug Diversity In Our Home

More species of bugs prefer to live in high-traffic, ground-level areas. The type of outdoor environment surrounding each household affects the diversity of bug species.

Animals November 12, 2017

Baby Monkey Crashes From Caffeine Overload After Stealing Tourist's Coffee

A 6-month-old baby monkey passed out after binge-drinking a strong brew coffee. The animal, treated in a veterinary hospital, has been released back to its troop.

Animals November 11, 2017

Giant Coconut Crab Attacks And Eats Sleeping Seabird

A video shows a giant coconut crab pinched and eventually ate a sleeping seabird. These crabs have a pinch force comparable to a lion's bite force.

Animals November 11, 2017

Fungal Parasite Turns Ants To Zombies But Leaves Their Brains Intact

The 'zombie ant fungus' can infect ants and control their behavior, but it does all of this without infecting their brains, a new study finds. Here's how researchers came to this conclusion.

Animals November 11, 2017

St. Louis Zoo Elephant Treated For Tuberculosis

Ellie, a 46-year-old elephant living in St. Louis Zoo, is undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. Zoo officials claim the elephant will not have any complications following treatment.

Animals November 11, 2017

Wolf-Sized Prehistoric Otter Could Have Been Predator With Powerful Bite

Researchers find that a wolf-sized ancient otter could have been a powerful predator. The creatures' jaw strength is six times stronger than the researchers expected for its size.

Animals November 10, 2017

Here's What Could Have Happened If Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth Somewhere Else

Dinosaurs may not have met their doom if the Chicxulub asteroid had struck another part of Earth 66 million years ago. A study has suggested that it was a 1-in-10 chance that the asteroid hit an extremely unlucky spot on the planet.

Animals November 10, 2017

Animals Came Out Of The Dark When Dinosaurs Went Extinct

A new study reveals that a number of animals increased their daytime activity as dinosaurs faced extinction. Over the course of several million years, more mammals gave up their nocturnal existence and developed their visual acuity and color perception.

Animals November 7, 2017

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