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Bramble Cay Melomys Become First Mammal Wiped Out By Human-Caused Climate Change

The bramble cay melomys have become the first mammals to be lost due to human-caused climate change. They were last seen alive in 2009, and are said to be wiped out by sea-level rise.

Animals March 23, 2019

Car-Sized Great White Shark Pregnant With 14 Pups Sold At Fish Market In Taiwan

A great white shark pregnant with record number of pups were caught and sold in Taiwan. It measured 15 feet long, which is bigger than a small car.

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Canada's Scotty Dinosaur Identified As World's Largest And Oldest T-Rex

Scotty the T-rex is the world's oldest and biggest dinosaur. Its leg bones suggest it was more than 19,400 pounds when it walked Saskatchewan in prehistoric times.

Animals March 23, 2019

Safari Tourists Scare Elephants And Make Them More Violent: Study

Researchers found that elephants get scared and show violent behaviors when more tourists are present in the safari. The study demonstrated that tourism can have a big impact on animals' welfare in the wild.

Animals March 21, 2019

Water Bears May Offer Clues To Human Health And Survival

Tardigrades are much tinier than a speck, yet they are among the most resilient creatures that ever lived on Earth. Humans could learn a thing or two about preservation and survival from these water bears.

Animals March 21, 2019

Invasive Species In Yellowstone Lake Impacted Bald Eagles And Other Creatures In The Region

Lake trout introduced decades ago have been wreaking havoc on Yellowstone National Park's other animal inhabitants. Some of the affected species include bears, otters, and bald eagles, among others.

Animals March 21, 2019

Mammals Had Developed Unique Arms Before The Dinosaurs Existed

Scientists in the United States may have found an explanation as to how mammals ended up with diverse sets of arms. They believe the animals already had this trait some 30 million years before the earliest dinosaurs even existed.

Animals March 20, 2019

US Watchdog Says USDA Experiments Fed Euthanized Dog And Cat Remains To Healthy Lab Kittens

In a new report, the White Coat Waste Project said hundreds of dogs and cats were euthanized to become lab food. Organs of the animals from other countries were reportedly fed to cats in the USDA lab.

Animals March 20, 2019

Scientists Revive Ancients Cells From 28,000-year-old Woolly Mammoth Yuka

Scientists from Japan and Russia successfully reactivate the ancient cells of a 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth. With more advanced equipment and well-preserved samples, this could pave the way for a mammoth-elephant hybrid, researchers said.

Animals March 20, 2019

Massive Painted Lady Butterfly Migration Leaves California Residents In Awe

Residents of Southern California were surprised to witness millions of painted lady butterflies migrating to the north. Experts explained that the increased rainfall in the desert fueled the large swarms this year.

Animals March 18, 2019

Ram Semen Stored Frozen In 1968 Successfully Impregnates 34 Sheep

Australian researchers successfully impregnated 34 sheep using a ram’s semen that was frozen and preserved for 50 years. The researchers compared this success rate to recently preserved semen and found no difference between the two.

Animals March 18, 2019

Critically Endangered Porpoise Found Dead, Conservationists Say Possibly Less Than 10 Of Species Left Alive

The carcass found by conservationists is believed to be that of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. It is possible that only 10 of the species remain alive.

Animals March 15, 2019

New Spider Species Named After 'Star Wars' Stormtroopers

A team of scientists in Colombia discovered a new species of spiders and named it after the fictional soldiers from the 'Star Wars' movie. Now called 'Stormtropis,' the new species had never been seen in the country before.

Animals March 15, 2019

Horses Wearing Striped Pajamas Shed Light On How Zebras Avoid Biting Flies

Zebras and their stripes have long left scientists puzzled. A new study observed zebras, horses, and horses dressed as zebras in an attempt to discover the reason behind the unique striped coat.

Animals March 12, 2019

New Study Proves Family Ties Between Horseshoe Crabs And Spiders

Evolutionary biologists identified the creature that has been crawling the earth for nearly 500 million years belong to the Ricinulei group, the arachnids known as hooded tick spiders. Today, the number of horseshoe crabs are diminishing due to the acidification of the oceans.

Animals March 12, 2019

FDA Lifts US Import Alert On Genetically Modified Salmon 'Frankenfish'

AquaAdvantage Salmon eggs can now be imported to a facility in Indiana, where these will be raised into salmon for food. The FDA has deemed the genetically engineered fish safe to eat.

Animals March 9, 2019

Museum Exhibit Shows How T. Rex Would've Looked Like With Feathers

The American Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibit to showcase the T. rex as it has never been seen before. The exhibit will feature life-size recreation of the predator complete with patches of feathers on its head.

Animals March 9, 2019

Lack Of Large Carnivores Reshaped Ecology Of African Wildlife Park

A Princeton University ecological study highlighted the significant impact of missing large carnivores in an African wildlife park. Justine Atkins and her colleagues proved it could change animal behavior, introducing a landscape of fearlessness.

Animals March 9, 2019

Study Shows Wikipedia Could Serve As Early Warning Device For Species Extinction

Internet traffic could reflect the presence of certain species in the wild. Researchers found that trends in Wikipedia views could be used to determine which species could be on the verge of extinction.

Animals March 6, 2019

Rare Giant Sunfish Washes Ashore In California

A rare hoodwinker sunfish that washed ashore in California was initially thought of as a common ocean sunfish. It is the first record of the species in the Northern Hemisphere.

Animals March 3, 2019

Singing Mice Study May Lead To New Speech Disorder Treatments

Unlike other lab animals, Alston's singing mice from Costa Rica take turns in a duet. Studying this mouse species helped researchers better understand how human brains engage in a conversation.

Animals March 1, 2019

LOOK: Amazon Spiders And Centipedes Prey On Opossum, Snakes

Researchers of a new study released footage of spiders in the Amazon preying on forest vertebrates. They were preying on snakes, opossum, frogs, lizards, and tadpoles.

Animals February 28, 2019

Giant Sloth Fossil Reveals How Creature Lived 27,000 Years Ago

The tooth of a giant sloth that grew to about 4 meters tall was discovered in Central America. In a study, scientists discovered that the creature lived through a long dry season in its final year.

Animals February 28, 2019

Internet Sensation Cat Lil Bub Has Genome Sequenced

A crowd-funded new study sequenced the whole genome of one of the internet's most famous cats, Lil Bub. Researchers found that the furry celebrity owes its unique traits to two surprising mutations.

Animals February 27, 2019

Mountain Pygmy Possums Starve As Main Food Source Is Almost Gone

Bogong moths thrive in caves and cracks in the Australian alpine mountains. But severe droughts have forced these insects to leave their habitat, making mountain pygmy possums hungry and unable to feed their young.

Animals February 26, 2019

Controversial Hippo Culling In Zambia To Commence In May

A controversial hippo culling is scheduled to happen in Zalbie this May. Activists and animal rights groups are protesting the plan, asking the government to immediately stop it.

Animals February 24, 2019

South Carolina Woman Dies After Being Mauled By Her Own Dogs

52-year-old Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke was wrestling with her dogs when they became aggressive and started to bite her arms. She died from too much blood loss from the dog bites.

Animals February 24, 2019

New Study Sheds Light On How Fruit Flies Live Without Sleeping

In new research, scientists provided proof that sleep is not as necessary for survival as previously believed. The study findings suggested that sleep may not be crucial to perform basic biological functions the way food does.

Animals February 23, 2019

Botswana Mulls Lifting Elephant Hunting Ban And Turning Animal's Meat Into Pet Food

Climate change forced elephants to move out of their natural habitats in search for food and water. This poses greater risks on the destruction of crops and human lives.

Animals February 24, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Mary The Stickleback Fish That Had 'Virgin Birth'

Scientists may have solved the mystery of the so-called virgin birth of Mary the stickleback fish. Evidently, the rare phenomenon may actually be just accidental.

Animals February 23, 2019

Squid Teeth-Inspired Proteins May Provide Eco-Friendly Plastic Alternative

Researchers found that the proteins in squid teeth may be used to create useful items from plastic alternatives to smart clothes and self-healing fabrics. Fortunately, these proteins can be created in a laboratory without harming squid.

Animals February 22, 2019

World's Biggest Bee Believed To Be Extinct Found Alive In Indonesia

The world's biggest bee was thought to be extinct for the last 38 years. Scientists found them alive in the wild at an island in Indonesia.

Animals February 22, 2019

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released In High-Security Lab

Genetically modified female mosquitoes will become sterile that they no longer have the ability to bite humans. This trait will be passed on to future generations of a particular species; thus, eradicating malaria in Africa.

Animals February 20, 2019

New Avian Study Could Rewrite What We Know About Bird Evolution

New research argued that ancestry and behavior, not diet, are the primary drivers of the evolutionary changes in avian skulls. In the biggest study of its kind, researchers analyzed a total of 352 bird skulls.

Animals February 20, 2019

Lobster Bellies Could Inspire High-Tech Full Body Armor For Humans

The soft membrane of the lobster could improve human body armor used in law enforcement. The researchers at MIT found that the natural hydrogel that connects the exoskeleton is as tough as industrial rubber but remains flexible to movement.

Animals February 21, 2019

Prehistoric Spiders Dead For 110 Million Years Still Have Glowing Eyes

Fossilized remains of spiders that died 110 million years ago were found trapped in a rock in South Korea. The two specimens still have eyes that glow in the dark.

Animals February 19, 2019

The Great White Shark’s Decoded Genome Shows Promise In Wound And Cancer Protection

Scientists have decoded the entire great white shark genome, a groundbreaking step in the field of marine science. Analysis showed that huge-bodied sharks do not acquire cancer as frequently as humans or other animal species.

Animals February 19, 2019

Bees Are Math Geniuses According To Study

Honeybees were taught to add or subtract numbers in a new experiment by scientists at the RMIT University in Australia. They found that big brains do not necessarily mean intelligence.

Animals February 7, 2019

Dinosaur With Spiky Spine Discovered In Argentina

The newly-discovered dinosaurs called Bajadasaurus pronuspinax were unearthed in Argentina. Scientists believe that their long, thin, and sharp spikes that grew on the back of their necks might have been used for defense to fend off predators.

Animals February 6, 2019

Feather Fossil Long Thought To Be From Archaeopteryx Bird Belonged To Unknown Dinosaur

Imaging technology revealed the missing quill of a 150-million-year-old fossilized feather discovered in Germany in 1861. Analyses revealed the feather did not belong to the Archaeopteryx bird.

Animals February 5, 2019

UK Fish And Chip Shops Serve Endangered Shark Species, Study Claims

A study finds that a majority of fish and chip takeaways in England are actually made from threatened and endangered sharks. The scientists identified species such as spiny dogfish and scaloped hammerhead.

Animals February 2, 2019

Microplastics Found In All 50 Marine Mammals Involved In Study

All of the marine mammals involved in a study were found to have microplastics in them. Most of the particles were synthetic fibers that can come from a variety of sources.

Animals February 1, 2019

Discovered 'Antarctic King' Fossil Is Iguana-Sized Dinosaur Relative

The fossilized remains of an iguana-sized reptile was found to be a cousin of dinosaurs. It lived in Antarctica when it wasn't yet a frozen wasteland.

Animals January 31, 2019

Fossilized Feathers Of Winged Dinosaur Anchiornis Offer Clues To How Birds Evolved To Fly

The fossilized feathers of the Anchiornis, a winged dinosaur that lived in China 10 million years before the Archaeopteryx, contain both β-keratins and α-keratins.What does this tell about the transition of dinosaurs to birds?

Animals January 29, 2019

Bug Bombs Leave Toxic Residues But Still Ineffective At Killing Cockroaches At Home

Bug bombs are not effective at killing cockroaches indoors because they do not reach places where these pests are most often found. Researchers found a more effective and safer way to kill cockroaches.

Animals January 28, 2019

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