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Paper Suggests Octopuses Came From Space: Here's Why Octopuses Are So Fascinating

Is it possible that octopuses really originated from outer space? Many scientists disagree, but the creatures are so unique, intelligent, and complex that they're really out of this world.

Animals May 21, 2018

33 Scientists Say That Octopuses Are Aliens From Space That Arrived To Earth On Icy Bodies

A new theory by 33 scientists suggests that octopuses are aliens that arrived to Earth on icy bodies. Many other scientists have criticized the theory and the entire concept of panspermia.

Animals May 17, 2018

Hippo Poop Can Literally Kill Fish In Rivers: Study

In the Mara River, more than 4,000 hippos excrete 9.3 tons of waste every day. When it decomposes, it depletes oxygen levels and creates chemicals toxic to fish, potentially killing them.

Animals May 17, 2018

Scientists Still Aren't Sure Why Lizards Developed Toxic Green Blood That Evolved 4 Times

A new study finds that green blood may have evolved independently in several lizards. Scientists are still not sure of the benefits of having green toxic blood.

Animals May 17, 2018

Small Island In The Philippines Has 4 New Species Of Worm-Eating Mice

Scientists have found that a small island in the Philippines was able to host four different species of mice that developed over time. It is the smallest space ever documented to have evolved new mammals.

Animals May 16, 2018

Scientists Transfer Memories From One Sea Slug Into Another Via Injection: How Are Memories Stored?

Scientists have achieved what seemed impossible, they have transferred a memory from one living organism to another. They were able to transplant the memories of sea slugs by moving genetic material from one to the other.

Animals May 15, 2018

Researchers Say Most Tropical Species In Latin America Originated In The Amazon

A May 2018 study discovered that most of the tropical species currently found throughout Latin America came from the Amazon rainforest. The species had to evolve over time to adapt.

Animals May 15, 2018

Australian Marsupials That Die After Sex Are Now Endangered, And Humans Share The Blame

Two species of antechinus, best known for males dying after reproduction, are now on the endangered list. However, it is not their suicidal reproduction method that is threatening their survival.

Animals May 20, 2018

Rare Dinosaur Skeleton Goes On Display At A Cincinnati Brewery

For the first time, the rare Galeamopus skeleton discovered in 2000 will be displayed for the public. The event at a brewery is in support of the Cincinnati Museum Center where the dinosaur will be housed in November.

Animals May 14, 2018

Scientists Successfully Transmits ‘Memories’ To 14 Marine Snails

A University of California at Los Angeles research team found a way to connect memories to sea creatures. The team used marine snails for the experiment because they believed that it shared some structural similarities with humans.

Animals May 14, 2018

First Known Case Of Conjoined Twin Deer Found In Minnesota Forest

Scientists are studying the first known case of a two-headed deer in its species. The twin fawns were already dead when they were found in a forest in Minnesota two years ago.

Animals May 14, 2018

Researchers Use YouTube Videos To Study Dog Bites

Researchers used YouTube videos to study dog bites. They were able to identify the breeds of dogs that commonly bite, as well as behaviors leading to bites.

Animals May 13, 2018

WATCH: Cheetahs Chase Family Of Five At Safari Park

A French family who got out of car at a drive-through safari park in the Netherlands was chased by cheetahs. One woman was carrying a small child when the incident happened.

Animals May 13, 2018

Jurassic Fossil Tail Could Be Missing Link In Crocodile Family Tree

A fossil tail dug up from a mountain in Hungary may have belonged to an intermediary species of crocodile that lived during the Jurassic period. What are this species's features?

Animals May 12, 2018

Fish With Human Teeth Caught Off South Carolina: Get To Know The Sheepshead Fish

A fish with human teeth, caught off the coast of South Carolina, had reportedly creeped people out. A biologist took to Facebook to educate people about the species.

Animals May 14, 2018

Lone Tree Frog Climbs Utility Pole, Causes Power Outage To Over 800 In Florida City

A Cuban tree frog did not survive when it made contact with high voltage electrical equipment, but it did cause power outage to over 800 customers. These voracious eaters occasionally wander onto utility poles when they forage for prey.

Animals May 12, 2018

34-million-year-old Skull From Antarctica Reveals Baleen Whales Had Teeth And Gums

A discovery of an ancient skull belonging to the Llanocetus denticrenatus revealed that whales used to have teeth and gums and behaved as vicious predators. Further analysis suggested that baleens of today’s whales have developed following a complex evolutionary process.

Animals May 12, 2018

Scientists Identify How Nest Temperature Determines Sex Of Turtle Hatchlings

For 50 years, scientists have tried to understand how temperature affects sex-determination in turtles and other reptiles. New research finds that a gene called Kdm6b significantly affects sex-determination during early development.

Animals May 11, 2018

Fungus Killing Frogs Traced Back To Korea, Raising Concerns On Pet Trade

Scientists traced the origins of the deadly chytrid fungus, which has attacked frog, toad, and salamander populations over recent decades, to the Korean peninsula. The discovery provides an additional argument against pet trade, particularly on amphibians coming from East Asia.

Animals May 10, 2018

New Study On Darwin’s Finches In The Galapagos Proves Theory Of Evolution By Natural Selection

Researchers found that the finches in the Galapagos were more likely to have originated from the Caribbean. Their finding also supported the theory of evolution by natural selection in which birds have evolved depending on the environmental conditions.

Animals May 10, 2018

Scientists Alarmed Over Predators Showing Up In Unconventional Places: Here’s What’s Really Happening

If you’ve seen an alligator showing up on your local beach lately, it might be because they’re returning to their original ecosystems. The same is true for killer whales, sea otters, and other predatory animals.

Animals May 9, 2018

Trained Regal Jumping Spider Unveils Secrets Of Arachnid Species' Extraordinary Leaps

The Regal jumping spider nicknamed Kim can leap six times the length of her body from a standing start. Here are the reasons why scientists trained her to jump on demand.

Animals May 8, 2018

Leopard That Snatched Toddler In Uganda Safari Park Remains At Large

A leopard that attacked a toddler remains roaming in the wild. Wildlife authorities said the animal needs to be transferred to a more tamed location because of the threat it poses.

Animals May 9, 2018

Carnivores In Captivity Have The Same Gestation And Birthing Season As Animals In The Wild

Researchers reported that the farther the animal is from the equator, the more seasonal its reproductive behaviors are. Carnivores in the zoo have almost the same reproductive seasonality with their counterparts in the wild.

Animals May 8, 2018

It's Normal For Alligators And Mountain Lions To Show Up In Unexpected Places, Study Says

A new study claims that it is normal to spot alligators on beaches and mountain lions away from mountains. The appearance of animals in unexpected places is caused by wildlife conservation efforts and is good for both animals and humans.

Animals May 8, 2018

Marine Protected Areas Face Risks Of Extinction Over Of Climate Change

Marine protected areas are under siege by no other than global warming. A startling new study predicts that most marine life won’t be able to adapt when drastic environmental changes occur over the next few decades.

Animals May 8, 2018

Drought Kills Nearly 200 Feral Horses On Navajo Land In Arizona

Drought and famine killed an estimated 191 feral horses in Gray Mountain on Navajo’s parched land in Arizona. The horses were found buried in the mud, dying in the process of digging the land for water.

Animals May 7, 2018

Scientists Studying The Poop Of 87 Gorillas Provide Insight Into The Diets Of Humans

Scientists conducted a research on the fecal matter of 87 gorillas from the Republic of Congo over three years. They discovered that the gastrointestinal microbes change based on the seasonal diets.

Animals May 5, 2018

Chinese-Funded Project Threatens World’s Rarest Orangutan Species To Possible Extinction

A new study called for urgent action to save the Tapanuli Orangutans from possibly going extinct. The species were discovered in 2017 and considered one of the rarest animals on Earth.

Animals May 5, 2018

Researchers Play Bach For Crocodiles During MRI To Study Their Brains

Researchers played classical music for 1-year-old Nile crocodiles during an MRI scan. As it turns out, crocodiles seem to like being inside the scanner as they remained rather calm and quiet.

Animals May 4, 2018

Footage Suggests Tourist Hauled Dying Dolphin Over His Shoulder To Bring It Home

A video showed a tourist hauling a dying dolphin over his shoulder. Witnesses said that the man put the struggling animal in his car and drove away. Authorities ensured that punishment is in place as soon as the tourist is identified.

Animals May 4, 2018

3D Construction Of Ancient Bird Fossils Offers Clue On How Dinosaurs Transitioned To Modern-Day Birds With Beaks

A three-dimensional representation of fossils of the Ichthyornis dispar revealed how the dinosaurs transitioned to modern-day birds with beaks. Most importantly, the 3D construction showed what the first bird beak looked like.

Animals May 3, 2018

Mantis Shrimp Have The Strangest Eyes In The Animal Kingdom, Says New Study

A new study determined that peacock mantis shrimp have a unique set of eyes that are constantly in motion. It also has four times the photoreceptor cells that a mammal has.

Animals May 2, 2018

Wildlife Photographer Disqualified After Using Stuffed Anteater To Stage Prize-Winning Photograph

A wildlife photographer was disqualified after it was found out that he used a stuffed anteater to stage the photo. The same anteater was later found at a museum in Brazil.

Animals April 30, 2018

Scientists Might Create Mammoth-Elephant Hybrid After 'Resurrecting' 44 Genes, Will Start With Mice First

Renowned geneticist George Church of Harvard University announced plans to create a mammoth-elephant hybrid. Researchers hope that this plan will save the elephant from possible extinction.

Animals April 30, 2018

Toxic Aquarium Coral That Releases Airborne Poison Nearly Kills Texas Family

A woman and her family were hospitalized after the palythoa coral in their fish tank released an airborne toxin called palytoxin. What causes these colorful creatures to release the poison?

Animals April 29, 2018

Disease-Free Population Of Tasmanian Devils In Australia May Save Marsupial Species From Extinction

A new population of Tasmanian devils was found untouched by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease that has brought the marsupial species to the brink of extinction. How did this newly found devils evade the disease?

Animals April 29, 2018

World’s Oldest Spider Discovered In Australian Outback Dies At Age 43

Australian researchers at Curtin University believed that they have discovered the oldest trapdoor spider in the world. The trapdoor matriarch, however, died while the researchers conducted their long-term population study of the species.

Animals April 28, 2018

Horses Have Lasting Memory Of A Person Based On Emotional Expressions Shown To Them

A new study found that horses can recognize people they initially saw in a photo when they finally meet them in person. The animals’ basis of recognition was the emotion that they first saw from the individual’s snapshot.

Animals April 27, 2018

Teeth Of Carnivorous Dinosaurs Reveal Their Hunting Strategy, Prey Choice

Do carnivorous dinosaurs have different prey choices? Evidently, while theropods' hunting methods are very similar, their teeth strength and shape may determine their prey choice.

Animals April 26, 2018

Promiscuous Monkeys Create Hybrids By Mating With Other Species, Research Says

An anthropology professor discovered a new species of monkeys in Tanzania, Africa. According to her research, the monkeys were products of two different species that had been mating for thousands of years.

Animals April 25, 2018

Scientists Are Proposing To Sequence DNA Of All Life On Earth As Part Of BioGenome Project

The Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence genomes of all known life on Earth. The project, which will invoke the help of scientists in the global scale, is expected to cost billions of dollars and take a decade to finish.

Animals April 24, 2018

Exploding Ants Of Borneo Protect Their Colony: Other Animals With Strange Defense Mechanisms

The Borneo ant protects its colony from predators by exploding its abdomen and then killing itself in the process. Sea cucumbers also have a strange behavior, which lets them expel their organs as a defense.

Animals April 23, 2018

Marine Biologists Discover Bizarre Deep-Sea Squid In The Gulf Of Mexico

A team from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discovered an unlikely sea creature. The bizarre crimson red squid lurks at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Animals April 21, 2018

27.5-Million-Year-Old Species Of Baleen Whale Found In New Zealand Is One Of Oldest

The ancient species of baleen whale named Toipahautea waitaki lived in New Zealand when the region was an island archipelago. How is this creature different from its modern-day cetacean kins?

Animals April 21, 2018

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