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Dogs and wolves not as closely related as previously thought

New study indicates that dogs and wolves may have had a common ancestor, debunking commonly held beliefs that dogs are descended from wolves.

Animals January 17, 2014

Secret behind V formation of birds flying revealed

Researchers have uncovered new evidence supporting the theory that birds fly in a V formation to conserve energy.

Animals January 16, 2014

Supermassive trench, far bigger than Grand Canyon, discovered in Antarctica

Researchers have discovered a massive valley under the Antarctic ice, so large that it can be seen from space.

Animals January 16, 2014

Ancient fish Tiktaalik roseae with hips and limbs could be missing evolutionary link

Scientists have made a surprising discovery of fossils of a fish known as Tiktaalik roseae in northern Canada that might reveal more closely how some vertebrates evolved from being water-based to land-based.

Animals January 15, 2014

Humans and apes burn 50 percent less calories than other mammals to live longer

A new study has suggested that slow metabolism among humans and other primates explains why they grow up so slowly and live longer than other animals.

Animals January 15, 2014

Darwin was right: Island animals are tamer than mainland cousins

Charles Darwin's Galapagos theory that living on islands makes animals tamer than their mainland counterparts, has been proved scientifically in a new study.

Animals January 14, 2014

Cats think you're just another big, fat cat

Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw says your cat just sees you as one big, non-hostile version of themselves.

Animals January 13, 2014

Bird-eating monster tigerfish caught on camera by horrified scientists (Video)

Rumors about the elusive African tigerfish eating birds have now been confirmed. Scientists were able to film a stunning footage that shows the tigerfish jumping out of water to capture low-flying birds at an African lake.

Animals January 13, 2014

Harry Potter's invisibility cloak can do analog computing, claim researchers

Experts are looking into advancing the use of metamaterials that make invisibility cloaks possible by stepping backward to analog computing.

Animals January 18, 2014

2000-year old Native American woman's skeleton unearthed at Florida dig site

In Davie, Florida, experts have unearthed an intact set of human bones at a construction site. The bones are believed to have belonged to a native American woman who lived 2,000 years ago.

Animals January 13, 2014

Paleolithic cavemen were mainly vegans and lived on tiger nuts

Scientists have discovered that one of man's ancestors, nicknamed 'Nutcracker Man,' existed on a diet of tiger nuts and fruits.

Animals January 13, 2014

Deadly predator great white shark can terrorize the ocean up to 70 years

A recent study using new techniques shows that Great White Sharks can live up to 70 years.

Animals January 13, 2014

Lions in West Africa could become extinct soon, warn researchers

Alarming data gathered by researchers in a new study shows that West African lions are a beleaguered species, and intensive conservation efforts must be implemented to prevent the species from becoming completely extinct.

Animals January 13, 2014

World's fastest thin-film organic transistor heralds arrival of inexpensive, see-through displays

Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Nebraska have created a thin-film organic transistor using an improved method that could help in improving the performance of electronics.

Animals January 12, 2014

Big carnivores are dying and humans could be next, warn scientists

More than half of the world's big carnivores including lions, wolves and bears are disappearing at an alarming rate and the loss of such species could be extremely damaging for our ecosystems through out the world, a new study has found.

Animals January 10, 2014

Biofluorescent fish put on underwater show of light

Some species of fish that appear normal to humans under regular light, actually emit brilliant neon colors deep underwater, scientists have discovered.

Animals January 10, 2014

Prehistoric shark nursery discovered in Illinois sheds light on breeding habits of early predators

A new paper has shed light on a prehistoric shark nursery. According to recent findings, fossils found in Mazon Creek all belonged to a single species that used the site as a nursery for laying eggs.

Animals January 9, 2014

Ancient sea monsters had black skin for a reason, discover scientists

Ancient sea monsters had black skin or scales that allowed them to live and survive in extreme environments, a new research has revealed.

Animals January 9, 2014

Modern day carnivorous mammals' early ancestor was a tree dwelling, squirrel-like creature

New findings in Belgium suggest that the early ancestor of modern day carnivorous mammals was a small, arboreal creature that lived during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, within the Eocene era.

Animals January 11, 2014

Fossil of T. Rex cousin discovered in Saudi Arabia

A Swedish team of researchers has unearthed fossils for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Bones and teeth from both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs were found in the North Western part of the county.

Animals January 9, 2014

Pompeii's rich feasted on exotic meat

The well-heeled residents of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii feasted on exotic food, including giraffe's meat.

Animals January 6, 2014

Amber fossil catches ancient flowers in act of sexual reproduction

Experts from Oregon State University have found an amber that have immortalized extinct tiny flowers from the Cretaceous era, in the act of sexual reproduction.

Animals January 6, 2014

Researchers fail in search of real Doctor Who

Scientists try to look for time jumpers using social media and Google. They found no traces but the search for time travelers continues.

Animals January 6, 2014

Human body can feel emotions, says new study

Contrary to popular beliefs, the human body is indeed capable of feeling emotions.

Animals January 6, 2014

Whales cause traffic jam in Southern California, baffling scientists

Usually this is a good time for spotting gray whales off the coast of Southern California, but recently viewers, have been sighting more of fin whales, orcas, sperm whales, humpback whales and blue whales. And, no one can explain this sudden traffic of whales.

Animals January 4, 2014

Ancient Earth's crust melted and dripped down into mantle

Around four billion years ago, the temperature of the Earth's mantle was so high that Archean crust formed then would simply have melted back into the mantle, a new research has found.

Animals January 4, 2014

Scientists study how dogs poop and they discovered something amazing

A new study indicates that dogs align themselves to the Earth's magnetic field whenever they relieve themselves.

Animals January 3, 2014

Mystery behind eerie earthquake lights finally solved

Scientists have studied 65 documented cases of earthquake lights and have found a striking pattern.

Animals January 4, 2014

This caterpillar puffs out nicotine to ward away predators

New study shows that caterpillars are capable of warding off predators with nicotine.

Animals January 2, 2014

1914 Antarctica expedition photos found intact in hut

An Antarctic Heritage Trust team has recovered 98-year-old negatives from block of ice in Antarctica. The images where carefully retrieved and processed to reveal scenes from almost a hundred years ago.

Animals January 3, 2014

Scientists decode honeybee sex determination system

Scientists from the Arizona State University finally cracked the mystery of how the sex determination mechanism of honeybees evolved.

Animals January 3, 2014

Was the mysterious Iowa fireball a meteor, space debris or alien spacecraft?

Residents of mid-western states reported fireball-like object sighting in the sky. Could it be meteor, space debris or an alien spacecraft in trouble?

Animals December 30, 2013

These jellyfish DNA-infused piglets can no longer hide in the dark

Chinese scientists have created piglets that can glow in the dark.

Animals December 30, 2013

No phone? No problem. Now send text messages using vodka

Scientists have successfully sent a text message using vodka. Cheers to that.

Animals December 23, 2013

5,300-year-old fossil found in China hints how humans domesticated cats

Ancient cat bones in China has brought to light new findings about the early domestication of cats.

Animals December 18, 2013

Neanderthals respected their elders, buried the dead: Archaeologists

Excavation site in France shows that Neanderthals revered and respected their elders even after death. The body of an elder Neanderthal was carefully buried in clay and limestone.

Animals December 18, 2013

And the winners of 2014 Breakthrough Prize are...

An event held last week in the Silicon Valley, was attended by billionaires and celebrities, but it wasn't the Oscar Awards.

Animals December 15, 2013

Researchers say 4.4-million-year-old horse fossil discovered in Ethiopia indicates new species

Researchers and scientists say 4.4 million year-old fossilized remains of a horse, unearthed in Ethiopia, suggest a new species.

Animals December 15, 2013

Is it a dinosaur? A rooster? A duck? Fossil leaves scientists stumped

Discovery of a well preserved fossil suggests some dinosaurs may have had fleshy combs on their head.

Animals December 13, 2013

Oldest human DNA found from fossilized legs in Spanish caves

Scientists have found the oldest human DNA in Spain.

Animals December 5, 2013

Prehistoric poo discovered in Argentina

A museum of poo is likely as scientists have excavated a field of dinosaur excrement in Argentina.

Animals December 3, 2013

Females' life may be shortened by mere presence of males (in case of roundworms)

A new study reveals that the mere presence of male roundworms can reduce the lifespan of female roundworms.

Animals December 1, 2013

Sex starved males live shorter (fruit flies, at least)

A new research suggests that sex-starved fruit flies have shorter life span.

Animals December 1, 2013

Scientists crack mystery behind Whirling Dervishes skirts

A group of scientists looked into the math involved in producing the shapes of the Whirling Dervishes skirts.

Animals November 29, 2013

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