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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

New Zealand Kea Parrot Has ‘Infectious Laugh’ That Puts Other Keas In A Playful Mood

A new study has claimed that New Zealand’s kea parrots express a sound that put other birds in a funny and playful mood. This is the first time a non-mammal has been found that ability akin to human laughter.

Animals March 21, 2017

Mammal Dwarfing: Animals May Shrink As Earth Heats Up

Mammals could shrink in the future under global warming, a new study warns. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia investigates mammal dwarfing through fossilized teeth and jaw fragments.

Animals March 15, 2017

Mating As Endgame: Australian Male Phascogales Embrace Death After Non-Stop Sex

A rare case of male Phascogales ending their life in the quest of sex has been reported from Australia. They spend last days of their life chasing sex without even eating and ultimately the sexual exhaustion kills them.

Animals February 7, 2017

Fossils Of Prehistoric Giant Otter In China Hint Of Convergent Evolution

A prehistoric otter found in China is up to three times the size of modern otters. The discovery offers information on the evolution of these mammals.

Animals January 24, 2017

Bats Have Language They Use To Talk To Each Other: Study

An analysis of sounds produced by Egyptian fruit bats revealed the nocturnal creatures produce noise with a range of information. What do the flying mammals communicate with their 'language?'

Animals December 28, 2016

Compound Odontoma Tumor Found In 255-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of Mammal Predecessor

Showing the ancient links with mammals, a benign tumor, Compound Odontoma, has been discovered in a 255 million-year-old lower jaw fossil of a gorgonopsid, a mammal predecessor, and a reptile. The tumor manifesting as tiny structures in the gums causes pain.

Ancient December 9, 2016

Meerkats Are The Most Murderous Mammal, Study Of Violent Behavior Reveals

Despite living in social groups, meerkats have been named the most murderous mammal known to science. Nearly 20 percent of all meerkat deaths were caused by murder of their own kind.

Animals September 29, 2016

Freshwater Stingrays From The Amazon Chew Their Food Like Goats

Researchers report that some stingrays in the Amazon have the unusual trait of chewing food as mammals do. It offers the cue that chewing is not uncommon among non-mammals, belying many myths.

Animals September 19, 2016

Giraffes Are 4 Different Species That Do Not Commonly Crossbreed: What This Means To Their Survival

The long-necked giraffe has four different species that do not normally crossbreed, scientists have found. The discovery can have important implications in conservation efforts to help the populations of the mammals.

Animals September 10, 2016

Bats Waggle Head Like Dogs: Flying Mammal Uses Adorable Behavior To Catch Their Prey

Like dogs, bats exhibit an adorable behavior of waggling their head. Research reveals the movement helps the flying mammals when hunting for prey.

Animals September 9, 2016

World's Greatest Concentration Of Unique Land Mammal Species Is On Luzon Island In The Philippines

The largest island of the Philippines hosts the world's greatest concentration of unique mammals. More than 90 percent of non-flying mammals in Luzon are found nowhere else in the world.

Animals July 18, 2016

Where Did Hair, Feathers And Scales Come From?

Evolutionary biologists have long wondered whether mammalian hair, avian feathers and reptilian scales have some sort of evolutionary link. A new study in Switzerland may shed light on the matter.

Animals June 25, 2016

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.

Animals May 6, 2016

250 Fossilized Teeth Unearthed In Japan Point To New Species Of Mammal-Like Reptiles

What can teeth tell you? The hundreds of teeth found in Japan resulted in the discovery of a new species that may have lived longer than previously assumed.

Animals April 27, 2016

Human Limbs May Have Evolved From Cartilaginous Fish Gills

Fish fins and limbs in mammals may have an evolutionary link to the gill arches of cartilaginous fish such as sharks, skates and rays. The link comes down to a gene called 'Sonic hedgehog.'

Life April 20, 2016

Lystrosaurus Changed Breeding Behavior To Survive Drastic Climate Change

Although most species were wiped out by an extreme extinction event millions of years ago, the therapsid Lystrosaurus survived. How did they do it? By changing their breeding behavior.

Animals April 7, 2016

Newly Discovered Bat Is Second Land Mammal Known To Be Native To Hawaii - And It Is Already Extinct

Hawaii was known for only having a single native land mammal. But a new discovery doubles that number - hello and goodbye to Synemporion keana.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2016

Video Reveals Proof Of Evolution You Can Find On Your Body

Believe it or not, you possess body parts and mechanisms that are remnants of evolution. These parts are present in your body not because you need them, but because our animal ancestors did, experts said.

Animals March 22, 2016

Small Mammals With Big Brains At Highest Risk Of Extinction

New research revealed a pattern where small-bodied, big-brained mammals are more likely to become extinct. Today, these animals, if not already extinct, are either protected or endangered due to low population.

Animals February 19, 2016

Bigger Is Not Always Better: Mammals With Larger Brains At Higher Risk Of Extinction

A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University has found that mammals that have relatively larger brain sizes are more susceptible to life-threatening factors than other creatures. Those that have smaller bodies but bigger brains are the ones that fare the worst.

February 18, 2016

Bats Use Massive, Powerful Wings To Land Upside Down

The flying animals tuck one wing in while spreading the other to perform a secret maneuver as they land.

Animals November 20, 2015

Great Tits Would Rather Go Hungry Than Leave Their Mates: Other Animals With Remarkable ‘Love’ Bonds

Only three percent of mammal species are monogamous. A private eye known as 'science' revealed that extra-coupling activities exist between these animal pairs.

Animals November 17, 2015

What Will The World Be Like Without Humans? These Maps Will Give You An Idea

Scientists were able to project how the world would look if the modern human never existed. The researchers highlight that instead of an optimal climate and environment, the absence of humans actually makes an area suitable for large mammals.

Earth/Environment August 25, 2015

Fossils Of Jurassic Era Tree-Dwelling And Burrowing Mammals Found In China

The discovery of the Agilodocodon scansorius and Docofossor brachydactylus in China offers evidence that mammals lived with dinosaurs during the Jurassic Period and that they were as diverse as modern-day mammals.

Animals February 13, 2015

Cats, Foxes Behind Demise Of Native Australian Mammals

Cats and foxes, brought to Australia by Europeans 200 years ago, are decimating native mammals species, researchers say. Continent has lost 10 percent of native species to the invasive immigrants, they say.

February 10, 2015

Scientists Gain New Insight Into Why Mammals are so Diverse

Mammalian species are so diverse, but they share some common genes and a common ancestor.

Earth/Environment February 3, 2015

Scientists Find Mammal Species that Practices Incest Frequently

Rate of incest is high in close-knit groups of banded mongoose in Africa, researchers say. Dynamics of their social group may be driving high levels of incest, they say.

Animals December 26, 2014

Hibernating Mammals Build and Retain New Muscles, So Why Can't We?

Ground squirrels can hibernate all winter and start running immediately on waking up. Why can't humans do the same thing? We could use that ability for the colonization of space.

December 6, 2014

Infanticide: Biggest Threat to Baby Chacma Baboons? Adult Males (and here's what females do to prevent it)

South Africa's Chacma baboons and a number of other animals practice infanticide. The behavior is a sexual strategy of the adult males of these species.

Animals November 14, 2014

Why Some Mammal Species Kill Their Babies: The Evolution of Infanticide

Infanticide in some mammal species is more common than thought and may be a product of evolution, study suggests. In some species it is a greater cause of death than predators or disease, researchers say.

Animals November 13, 2014

9,000-year-old bison found mummified in Siberia

A steppe bison from 90 centuries in the past, mummified in the Siberian tundra, is shedding light on life at a time when agriculture was first spreading to the Middle East.

November 6, 2014

Bats make fatal mistake of thinking wind turbines are trees: Study

Wind turbines can be deadly dangerous for bats. Researchers found that these flying mammals are drawn to these structures because they mistake these as trees.

Earth/Environment October 2, 2014

Downside of wind turbines: Bats think they're trees, leading to fatal attraction

Tree bats may confuse modern wind turbines for trees, leading to tens of thousands of deaths of the animals each year, according to a new study.

Animals October 1, 2014

Jurassic era mouse-sized mammal may be our earliest ancestors

Euharamiyida was a mammal that lived 160 million years ago that could be a distant ancestor of human beings.

Animals September 12, 2014

Sluggish sloth evolved AMAZINGLY FAST

Sloths are slow animals but findings of a new research have found that the ancestors of these animals grew at a rate of more than 220 pounds every million years, which is among the fastest among mammals.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2014

When did mammals evolve? Fossils of an extinct squirrel-like animal reveal the answer

The first full fossilized remains of the extinct mammal called haramiyids suggest that the mammals lived during the time of the dinosaurs, proving that mammals evolved much earlier than previous thought.

Internet Culture September 11, 2014

Ancient Egyptian artworks record extinction of mammals over 6000 years: Study

Wildlife extinctions in Egypt over the last 6,000 years have been modeled, thanks to artwork and a 16-year-old book.

Animals September 10, 2014

Mammalian ancestors were nocturnal long before the origin of true mammals

Fossil evidence of the eye structure of ancient ancestors of mammals showed many preferred a nighttime existence. Finding contradicts previous belief of nocturnal behavior only evolving with modern mammals.

Animals September 4, 2014

Bats reset compasses using polarized light

Greater mouse-eared bats use polarized light to reset their internal navigation systems, solving the mystery of how they carry out long hunting trips.

Animals July 22, 2014

Kangaroo uses tail as fifth leg for balance and locomotion

Kangaroos use their tail as a type of fifth leg, according to new research. This can provide surprising amounts of power.

Animals July 6, 2014

Elephant Shrew was size of the mouse, with genes (and trunk) of a pachyderm

Elephant shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.

Animals June 28, 2014

Rats regret making poor decisions. No wonder we are in a rat race

Scientists have found that rats can express regret when making a poor decision. This was once believed to be a uniquely human emotion.

Animals June 10, 2014

Mule deer complete marathon 150-mile migration [VIDEO]

Mule deer make the longest migrations of any land mammals in the continental United States. Why didn't we know about this before now?

Animals April 24, 2014

Ancient bighorn sheep tell their tale in prehistoric dung

Bighorn sheep may have found their way to Tiburon Island hundreds of years before humans "introduced" the species there forty years ago. What could this mean for the future of invasive species?

Animals March 21, 2014

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