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Scientists Create Monsters With Multiple Heads In Lab To Study How Hydra Regenerates With Only One Head

Researchers at the University of Geneva created creatures that sprouted multiple heads when they engineered hydras not to express the Sp5 gene. The study may pave way for a treatment that can target cancer cells.

Animals

Bodies Of Tardigrades, Crustaceans Found In Antarctica's Lake Mercer

Scientists with the SALSA project found tardigrades, crustaceans and a fungus or plant while exploring Mercer subglacial lake in Antarctica. How did these organisms get into the lake?

Animals January 18, 2019

Researchers Build Robot From Fossil To Learn How Extinct Herbivore Walked

Evolutionary biologists at the Humboldt University in Berlin built an OroBOT, a robot version of the Orobates pabsti that looks like a lizard. The new study will help scientists to better understand the evolution of locomotion.

Animals January 17, 2019

Honey Bee Parasite Varroa Mites Do Not Feed On Bees' Blood

In a series of experiments, researchers found evidence that the varroa mites that attack honey bees do not have an appetite for hemolymph or bee blood. What do these parasites feed on?

Animals January 15, 2019

Biologists Identify New Groundwater Salamander Species In Central Texas Including 1 At Risk Of Extinction

The three newly identified groundwater salamander species are all endemic in Central Texas. These predators play an important role in maintaining the quality and quantity of fresh water that people in Texas depend on.

Animals January 14, 2019

Local Residents Of Rural Brazil Town Report 'Rain Of Spiders'

A man visiting his grandparents in Brazil woke up to hundreds of spiders floating in the sky one sunny morning. According to experts, the spiders built a giant cobweb above ground to catch mosquitos overnight.

Animals January 13, 2019

Spring Migration Causes 2 Billion Birds To Cross Gulf Of Mexico, Says Study

A new study found that an average of 2.1 billion birds migrates through the Gulf of Mexico each spring. The findings also revealed that the highest activity, with 26,000 birds per kilometer, occurs along the western coast of Texas.

Animals January 10, 2019

CT Scan Reveals Ancient Sea Monster Skull Discovered 60 Years Ago Have Fake 'Bones'

Digital reconstruction of a 200-million-year old skull of an ichthyosaur found in 1955 revealed more fake materials than expected. One of the fake bones was so expertly modeled researchers only realized it was a fake because of the scans.

Animals January 8, 2019

Genes With Increased Activity In Monogamous Animals Linked To Learning And Memory

Monogamous species have sets of genes that were more likely to be turned up or turned down in the brain. Some of these genes were linked to neural development, learning, memory and signaling between cells.

Animals January 7, 2019

Alleged 'Sonic Attack' On US Embassy In Cuban Capital Likely Caused By Crickets, Say Experts

A recent paper analyzed audio recordings from an alleged sonic attack at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba in 2016. Researchers found that the noise was made by lovelorn crickets.

Animals January 7, 2019

Number Of Monarch Butterflies Wintering In California Dropped by 86 Percent In Just One Year

Researchers with the Xerces Society recorded less than 30,000 monarch butterflies wintering in California over the Thanksgiving weekend. The number is equivalent to an 86-percent drop from the number recorded in 2017.

Animals January 6, 2019

Cute Newfound Species Of Tree Frog Has Funny-Looking Claw

Hyloscirtus hillisi is the latest member in Hyloscirtus family of frogs discovered by biologists. These tree frogs can be found in nearby streams from Costa Rica to the Andes of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Animals January 4, 2019

Scientists Find Fossils Of Prehistoric Pig-like Animals In Tennessee

Paleontologists from the East Tennessee State University found well-preserved fossils of ancient species of peccaries that have gone extinct. The fossils were found in a site that was once a lake with a diverse ecosystem.

Animals January 3, 2019

Endangered Grauer's Gorilla Develops Harmful Mutations Due To Shrinking Population And Inbreeding

Some of the mutations can explain why some Grauer's gorillas have fused digits. There were changes on genes associated with finger and toe development. Researchers warned other species may have similar fate.

Animals December 27, 2018

Man Shoots Own Pit Bull To Protect Children In Park

A man decided to shoot his own pit bull after it had attacked another dog. According to the Connecticut police, the man said he feared his dog might attack three children in the park.

Animals December 26, 2018

Researchers Capture First Ever Video Of Wolves Fishing In Voyageurs National Park

Wolves in Minnesota were caught hunting for fish last spring. Researchers from Voyageurs Wolf Project found that wolves have a very varied diet that includes fishes and blueberries when their primary prey, deer fawns, are harder to catch.

Animals December 24, 2018

Extinct Flying Creatures That Lived Alongside Dinosaurs Had Fur Feathers, Says Study

Scientists finally found evidence confirmed that pterosaurs had feathers that resembled a fluffy fur. In a new study, an international team probed a pair of well-preserved fossils.

Animals December 19, 2018

Stanley The Cat, Who Received $19K Kidney Transplant, Dies

Stanley the cat, who had a $19,000 kidney transplant last year, was diagnosed with peritonitis, a severe inflammation of the abdomen. Unfortunately, he was no longer a good candidate for surgery.

Animals December 18, 2018

Paleontologists Unveil New Herbivore Dinosaur Discovered In New Mexico

Researchers recently presented a new dinosaur species Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii, a ceratopsid or a horned dinosaur. The animal lived up to about 73 million years ago.

Animals December 17, 2018

Rocco The Parrot Uses Amazon's Alexa To Order Snacks While Owner Is Away

Rocco, an African Grey Parrot kicked out of a sanctuary in UK, was caught ordering food and housewares through Amazon Alexa while his owner was away. Moreover, the bird reportedly interacted with the virtual assistant 40 times a day.

Animals December 17, 2018

Supernova May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Mega Shark Megalodon

Radiation from exploding stars 2.6 million years ago may have contributed to the extinction of the megalodon. Here's why the ancient mega shark was more vulnerable to the effects of muon exposure.

Animals December 16, 2018

Viking Cat Skulls Prove That Cats Grew Larger Over Time

Viking cat skulls show that cats from the Viking times actually got bigger compared to cats from modern times. Since then, the felines have grown by 16 percent.

Animals December 15, 2018

Supercolony Of Adélie Penguins Hidden For Millennia Discovered Because Of Birds' Pink Guano Visible From Space

The Adélie penguin is one of the two penguin species that lives on ice. Their population in the Antarctic Peninsula is threatened by habitat loss due to climate change.

Animals December 13, 2018

Scientists Crown Tiny Ant As Having The "Fastest Animal Movement" On The Planet

A Dracula ant unseated cheetahs as the fastest animal in the world. The insects' jaws can move up to 200 mph or 5,000 times faster than a blink of an eye.

Animals December 12, 2018

Prehistoric Shark Megalodon May Have Gone Extinct Because Of Its Body Temperature

The megalodon, one of the largest marine predators that ever lived, had higher body temperature than modern-day sharks. How did this contribute to the extinction of the species 2.6 million years ago?

Animals December 12, 2018

City Frog Calls More Attractive To Females Compared To Frogs From Less Urban Environments

A new study found that male city túngara frogs have more complex mating calls that female túngara frogs find more appealing. Researchers revealed that lack of predators and more competition drove city male city túngara frogs to adapt.

Animals December 11, 2018

Gemstones Retrieved From Opal Field Turn Out To Be Dinosaur Fossils

Gemstone retrieved by Australian miners turned out to be the opal-filled fossils of a previously unknown dinosaur species. The creature's teeth and jaw size suggests the fossils belonged to a group of bipedal herbivores called ornithopod.

Animals December 9, 2018

Scientists Find Remarkably Well-Preserved Fossil Of Ancient Sea Monster Ichthyosaur

The researchers found blubber, a layer of fat under the skin, on the fossilized remains of the ichthyosaur. They believe this finding revealed new details about the reptiles that lived 180 million years ago.

Animals December 8, 2018

Scientists Discover How Geckos Walk On Water

How do geckos walk on water? Researchers found that it is actually a combination of the utilization of surface tension, and strategic movement of their bodies, legs, and tails.

Animals December 7, 2018

'Eels In Noses': Young Seal Gets Eel Stuck In Its Nose

A seal was found with a spotted eel stuck inside its nose. Although researchers have only started seeing the 'eels in noses' phenomenon in recent years, they have already seen it three to four times.

Animals December 7, 2018

Baboon Lives Half A Year After Pig Heart Transplant

Is xenotransplantation the future? An experiment involving baboons was deemed a success when a baboon survived for a total of 195 days after it had received a pig heart transplant.

Animals December 6, 2018

Giant Salamander With Leopard Spots Found In Florida

Scientists were finally able to officially name and describe a creature that has long been the subject of rumors. The reticulated siren lives in muddy waters in Florida and Alabama.

Animals December 6, 2018

LOOK: Rescued Golden Possum Looks Like Pikachu

Has a veterinary clinic in Australia found the real Pikachu? A rescued common brushtail possum's golden color makes it look quite like the popular character from the 'Pokemon' series.

Animals December 4, 2018

51 Pilot Whales Die In Third New Zealand Mass Stranding In A Week

In just a week, over 200 whales have died in three mass strandings in New Zealand. Some of them had to be euthanized as there were no more chances of successfully saving them.

Animals December 3, 2018

Puppy Unearths 13,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Tooth In Family Backyard

The dog named Scout was paying close attention to something that looked like a rock in the backyard. It turned out that the object was part of a tooth of an extinct woolly mammoth.

Animals November 30, 2018

Jumping Spider Moms Nurse Their Babies With 'Spider Milk': Study

Lactation is typically attributed to mammals, but do spiders nurse their young, too? Researchers found that mothers of a jumping spider species actually nurse their young with 'spider milk' long after they hatch.

Animals November 29, 2018

Newly Identified Wasp Turns Spiders Into Zombie Slaves

Researchers have found a more complex behavior of newly discovered wasps on social spiders. These parasitic creatures lay eggs on the arachnids and when these hatch, they feed on the host.

Animals November 28, 2018

Scientists Discover Extinct Giant Herbivore Species Related To Mammals

Scientists were astounded to discover a giant herbivore, which lived in the Triassic period, is a relative of mammals. The creature called Lisowicia bojani lived together with long-necked dinosaurs at the time.

Animals November 26, 2018

Scientists Figure Out How Scratchy Tongues Keep Cats Clean

Scientists found that cats have the world's best detanglers. In a new study, scientists from Georgia Tech looked at the spines on tongues of cats to answer why they are so effective at cleaning dirt or flea from fur.

Animals November 23, 2018

Britain-Sized Cluster Of Termite Mounds Found In Brazil

Researchers discovered 4,000-year-old termite mounds in a recently-cleared portion of a caatinga forest in Brazil. The termite mounds cover a vast area that it can be seen from space.

Animals November 21, 2018

Paleontologists Find First Ever Oregon Dinosaur Fossil

The University of Oregon scientists found the first and, possibly, the only dinosaur bone in the state. Oregon was submerged underwater for the most part of the dinosaur period and, therefore, had no dinosaur fossils.

Animals November 19, 2018

New App Lets People Listen To Orca Sounds From The Pacific

Citizen scientists can aid the monitoring of orcas by using a web-based app that broadcasts the audio from the marine mammals. Called Orcasounds, the app has been relaunched this month.

Animals November 19, 2018

Scientists Figure Out Why Wombats Have Cube Shaped Poop

Wombats are the only known creature to organically produce something cube and scientists finally know how. In a new study, a team of researchers looked at the intestines of dead wombats from Australia.

Animals November 19, 2018

Climate Change Could Have Damaging Effect On Male Insect Fertility Says Study

A new study discovered evidence that climate change is contributing to the collapse of biodiversity worldwide. After scientists had exposed the beetles to heatwaves, they found that the insects produced less sperm and fewer offsprings.

Animals November 14, 2018

Study Sheds Light On How Plants Evolved To Take Advantage Of Ants

Some plants have specific structures that serve as habitat for ants. A new study revealed that, in turn, plants have evolved to use ants to spread seeds and attack predators.

Animals November 13, 2018

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