Human Genome Contains Genes Common To Hundreds Of Species

Researchers discovered that the human genome shares genes with at least 750 other species. This sharing of genes across species is actually common and has helped fuel evolution.

Animals July 10, 2018

Fossil In Argentina Suggests Giant Dinosaurs Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought

Fossils of the creature called Ingentia prima, a species of sauropodomorph, suggest that dinosaurs grew in size 30 million years earlier than previously thought. What are the features of this prehistoric creature?

Animals July 10, 2018

Drunken Seagulls Found Lurching On Beaches: What Happens When Birds Consume Alcohol?

The number of drunken seagulls brought to an animal charity in the United Kingdom increased in the past two weeks. Authorities suspected that the birds might have consumed alcohol from the waste products of local breweries.

Animals July 7, 2018

New Breed Of Wasp With Exceptionally Large Stinger Discovered In The Amazon

Scientists discovered a new breed of wasp in the Amazonian rainforest that have exceptionally long stinger. The stinger is used not only to inject venom to the enemy but also to lay eggs.

Animals July 7, 2018

Genes Of Pure American Dog Breeds Survived Merely As Tumors After European Breeds Took Over

A study found that the very first American dogs were mostly wiped out by the European breeds brought by the colonizers. What was left of these ancient American dogs was a gene that survived as a cancer tumor among dogs.

Animals July 6, 2018

Rhino Poachers Believed To Be Eaten By Lions At Nature Reserve In South Africa

The human remains discovered at a South African nature reserve are believed to be the bodies of poachers who attempted to kill rhinos. Rhino poaching for horns remains to be a major wildlife issue in South Africa.

Animals July 6, 2018

Spiders Fly Using Silk Balloons, And Earth's Electric Fields Give Them A Boost

Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.

Animals July 6, 2018

Hybrid Test Tube ‘Baby’ Rhinos Are Now Being Grown In The Lab

A team of scientists designed a hybrid embryo with the DNA of the nearly extinct northern white rhino. The team said their ultimate goal is to see the first northern white rhino calf born in three years.

Animals July 6, 2018

Gray Wolves From Chernobyl Nuclear Zone Could Spread Mutant Genes

A team of researchers puts GPS tracker to several gray wolves living in Chernobyl exclusion zone. Their findings now raised the question of whether wolves venturing out from the zone could spread mutant genes.

Animals July 6, 2018

Here’s Why Parrots Are Intelligent According To Neuroscientists

Neuroscientists found that a region of parrot brains functions similarly with a specific part of human brains. They called this convergent evolution and suspected that this might be the reason why parrots are more intelligent than other bird species.

Animals July 4, 2018

World’s Oldest Evidence of Horse Dentistry Found In Mongolia

A team of researchers unearthed what they believed was evidence of the earliest horse dental care procedure ever performed. The horse remains were collected from ancient burials associated with the ancient Deer Stone-Khirigsuur culture.

Animals July 3, 2018

World’s First Animals Caused Global Warming That Eventually Killed Them

A new study found that earliest animals sparked a global warming that lasted for 100 million years. The researchers warned that the environmental impact caused by these ancient animals was similar to the impact of the ‘human animals’ today.

Animals July 3, 2018

Virus From Koi Goldfish Linked To Fish Kill In Minnesota Lakes

The koi herpes virus from a colored variety of carp native to East Asia is behind the massive number of dead carp in a southern Minnesota lake. The DNR blames the illegal introduction of the goldfish into the wild.

Animals July 2, 2018

Orangutans Have Spent The Past 70,000 Years Adapting To Humans Trying To Kill Them

A new study discovered that humans have greatly influenced orangutans over 70,000 years. This study could teach humans how to save orangutans from extinction.

Animals June 29, 2018

Rhino-Like Mammals Roamed African Savannah Long Before Giraffes And Hippos

The analysis of 55-Million-year-old Moroccan teeth fossil offered an answer to the question regarding the true origin of a certain species that roamed right after the dinosaurs went extinct. These animals are called the embrithopods.

Animals June 29, 2018

How A Vending Machine Experiment Proved That Crows Can Create Tools From Memory

A new study found that crows can use their memories to remember how to make tools and they can pass on that information. An experiment with a vending machine and paper was used to discover this.

Animals June 28, 2018

Australian Cats Eat 649 Million Reptiles A Year, Pushing Endangered Species To Possible Extinction

A study found that Australian cats were killing reptiles in staggering amount. Still, even with the present study, the researchers believed that they failed to determine the actual damage that these cats have brought the entire reptilian species in the country.

Animals June 27, 2018

Beluga Whales Will Have A New Sanctuary In Iceland

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the Sea Life Trust are building a new sanctuary for beluga whales in Iceland. The first two beluga whales are expected to move into the facility in 2019.

Animals June 26, 2018

In The Name Of Conservation, Animals Now Have Their Own Facebook

Wildlife conservation found an ally in Wildbook, an open-source software that tracks and collects wildlife data from sites such as YouTube and Flickr. The AI-powered tool enhances research collaboration and efforts to prevent species extinction.

Animals June 26, 2018

Lobsters Are Not Immortal, They Actually Die An Exhausting Death

A Twitter thread had gotten viral for explaining why lobsters are not immortal despite having the ability to live for hundreds of years. The thread discussed how the species actually died of exhaustion performing a process called ‘molting.’

Animals June 25, 2018

Scientists Use Gene Editing Tool CRISPR To Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly PRRS Disease

Using CRISPR, scientists removed a small section of a gene that makes pigs vulnerable to PRRS, a disease that causes costly pig deaths and reduced productivity. Scientists said that the gene-edited animals showed complete immunity.

Animals June 25, 2018

Smithsonian National Zoo's Panda House Closed For Possible Pregnancy Of Mei Xiang Giant Panda

Smithsonian's National Zoo announced it is closing its giant panda habitat because the female panda Mei Xiang shows symptoms of pregnancy and pseudopregnancy such as building a nest and sleeping more. What is pseudopregnancy?

Animals June 24, 2018

Bill Gates Finances Plan To Eradicate Malaria With Mosquitoes That Kill Each Other During Sex

Bill Gates donated $4 million to kill mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. The plan involves genetically modified mosquitoes having sex and transmitting a self-limiting gene.

Animals June 22, 2018

Sign Language Icon Koko The Gorilla Passes Away At 46-Years-Old

The Gorilla Foundation released a tragic news regarding their beloved gorilla, Koko. The 46-year-old gorilla, who mastered over 2,000 English words in American Sign Language, died in her sleep.

Animals June 22, 2018

Grandmother Of China's First Emperor May Have Kept This Extinct Gibbon As Pet

An extinct species of gibbon was likely kept as pet by Lady Xia, grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang. What caused the extinction of this ape long before the industrial age?

Animals June 22, 2018

Bogong Moths Travel 600 Miles At Night With The Help Of Earth's Magnetic Field

Scientists have proven that Bogong moths use the Earth's magnetic field as a compass in navigating long-distance migrations. This ability allows the insects to find specific caves in the Australian Alps even if they have no memory of the place.

Animals June 22, 2018

April The Giraffe Could Be Pregnant Again With Her Fifth Child

April The Giraffe could be pregnant for the fifth time. Zookeepers at the Animal Adventure Park gathered 30 days of her feces and will send it to another zoo’s laboratory to determine if she’s pregnant.

Animals June 21, 2018

Study Proves That The T. Rex Could Not Stick Its Tongue Out Because It Was Stuck In Its Mouth

Scientists revealed that many dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus rex, could not stick their tongues out. They examined the hyoid fossils of dinosaurs to determine this.

Animals June 20, 2018

The World’s Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies In Australia Zoo At 62-Years-Old

The Perth Zoo in Australia was forced to say farewell to its oldest Sumatran Orangutans, Puan. She spent a majority of her life at the zoo and has over 54 descendants living around the world.

Animals June 19, 2018

Scientists Identify 19 Gestures Used By Dogs Communicating With Humans

Scientists have identified 47 potential gestures through which dogs communicate with humans, and have translated 19 of them. Here are the gestures, and what dog are trying to say when they do them.

Animals June 19, 2018

World’s First Known Manta Ray Nursery Discovered Off Texas Coast

For years, the actual way of life of baby manta rays had remained elusive from experts. Finally, a nursery of juvenile manta rays was discovered and will soon open the door for a deeper understanding of the species.

Animals June 19, 2018

22,000-Year-Old Jaw Fossil Reveals Ancient Breed Of Giant Panda

Anthropologists unearthed the oldest known fossil of the giant panda in a cave in Southern China. The remains belonged to a long-lost relative of the beloved bear.

Animals June 19, 2018

Extinct Frog Trapped In Amber Hints Where These Amphibians Lived During Cretaceous Period

Frogs today commonly live in wet tropical forests. A prehistoric frog trapped in amber holds clue to the habitat of these amphibians before the mass extinction at the end of Cretaceous Period.

Animals June 17, 2018

Pooping Creates The Same Pain As Childbirth For Sloths, And It Is Dangerous

Sloths only poop once a week because of slow metabolism and it is painful. These animals defecate on the floor of the forest, where predators are lurking.

Animals June 16, 2018

Scientists Recreate Cow With Bulldog Face That Fascinated Charles Darwin 180 Years Ago

Scientists used advanced computer modeling techniques to reconstruct a cow with bulldog face that Charles Darwin studied during his time. The team found that unlike with some bulldogs, the cow did not have breathing issues.

Animals June 16, 2018

Mammals Becoming Nocturnal Because Of Human Activity

Just how much can humans affect wildlife? Researchers found that mammals worldwide, even those that are not nocturnal, are shifting to more nocturnal behavior to avoid human disturbance.

Animals June 15, 2018

Spiders Can Fly: This Is How And When They Take Off

Scientists have found that spiders float in the wind by releasing nanoscale silks that are thinner than light. As it turned out, spiders could even assess if the wind condition is favorable for ‘flying.’

Animals June 15, 2018

Trainer Puts Lipstick On Beluga Whale To Make It Prettier

A marine park trainer was seen putting lipstick on a beluga whale to make it prettier for the park’s visitors. People, however, reacted negatively and condemned the park for the act.

Animals June 13, 2018

New Shrimp Species With Hairy Feet Named After ‘The Hobbit’ Bilbo Baggins

Two new shrimp species were discovered living inside tunicates or sea squirts in Indonesia. One of them has hairy feet comparable to Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit character in one of JRR Tolkien’s novels.

Animals June 13, 2018

500-Million-Year-Old Predator Baby Had Face Claws And Radiating Teeth

Paleontologists discovered the fossil of a baby sea creature that was born to kill. The predator baby had serrated teeth around a circular mouth and a face with claws.

Animals June 13, 2018

Man Finds Woolly Mammoth Bone While Strolling On A Beach

A man discovered a piece of a mammoth leg bone on a shore of one of the beaches in Scotland. His discovery could be the first ever confirmed mammoth bone found in his country.

Animals June 12, 2018

Pit Bull Puppy Saves Family From Fire, Tries To Drag Baby Outside By Diaper

The family's pet dog Sasha barked 'like crazy' when fire broke out in the building. The pit bull also attempted to save the baby by dragging her off her bed by diaper.

Animals June 11, 2018

Devonian Fossils Found In South Africa Suggest Tetrapods Evolved In Antarctica

South African fossils of prehistoric tetrapods offered new insight on how life started on land. The discovery of the fossils revealed that four-legged vertebrates evolved anywhere in the world and not exclusively in tropical regions as what was previously thought.

Animals June 9, 2018

Michigan Authorities Recommend Banning Deer Feeding And Baiting To Prevent 'Zombie Deer' Disease

Michigan authorities recommend banning deer feeding and the use of deer urine-based baits to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. Their aggressive actions are intended to mitigate or even eliminate CWD in the state.

Animals June 9, 2018

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Trafficking Of Sperm Whale Teeth From Ukraine

A Connecticut man admitted to illegal whale teeth trafficking between 2004 and 2008. Sperm whales are considered an endangered species and are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Animals June 8, 2018

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