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Amelia Earhart Mystery: Giant Coconut Crabs May Have Carted Off Remains Of Lost Pilot

Amelia Earhart disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937. One theory proposes that her remains were carted off and eaten by the world’s biggest land-dwelling arthropod: coconut crabs.

Animals November 14, 2017

Climate Change Is Causing Critically Endangered Lemurs To Starve

Researchers find that the greater bamboo lemurs of Madagascar resort to eating hard culm when the rain doesn't come and bamboo doesn't grow. Their habitats are also threatened by massive deforestation.

Animals October 29, 2017

Shrews Shrink Their Skull To Survive Winter: Study

Scientists have found that shrews shrink the size of their bodies and skulls during winter. A study implies that shrews go through this shrinkage as a way of survival during winter.

Animals October 25, 2017

Most Complete Tyrannosaur Fossil Found In Utah

A nearly-complete dinosaur fossil believed to be that of a Tyrannosaur species has been unearthed. The discovery was made in the GSENM area in southwestern United States.

Animals October 24, 2017

Fear Of Spiders And Snakes Stems From Our Ancestors

Our ancestors coexisted with spiders and snakes for 40 to 60 million years. As a result, we evidently evolved an innate aversion to such creatures.

Animals October 22, 2017

This New Zealand Bird Gets Aggressive Toward Rivals That Are Better Singers

Tui are notoriously aggressive songbirds with loud voices. According to new research, their strong reaction to other birds intensifies when they are capable of singing longer and more complex songs.

Animals October 21, 2017

Canadian Monster? New Eight-Legged Species Found Underneath Arctic Ice

A new 'monster' species was discovered in the waters of the Canadian Arctic. Such creatures are hard to find, but this discovery was actually unintentional.

Animals October 21, 2017

Death Of Pet Dog Literally Broke Texas Woman's Heart

A woman was left literally 'broken-hearted' after her Yorkshire terrier died as a result of congestive heart failure. Joanie Simpson was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with 'Broken-heart syndrome'.

Animals October 20, 2017

Dogs Use Facial Expressions To Communicate With Humans

A new research finds that dogs' facial expressions are not mere involuntary reactions to stimulus. Their responses to human attention show possible deliberate attempts to communicate with humans.

Animals October 20, 2017

British Great Tits Are Evolving Longer Beaks Because Of Bird Feeders

The said British national pastime of bird feeding may have caused British tits to rapidly develop longer beaks. The birds with the longer beaks evidently visit automated bird feeders more often that those with shorter beaks.

Animals October 19, 2017

Population Of Flying Insects Drops By 75 Percent Over 27 Years

A new study shows that the population of flying insects in Germany’s nature reserves has dropped significantly by 75 percent over a period of 27 years. Scientists say the drop could place ecosystems in jeopardy.

Animals October 20, 2017

Scientists Document American Alligators Eating Sharks And Stingrays

A new study documented that American alligators are eating sharks and stingrays. This is the first scientific study indicating the widespread interaction of predators.

Animals October 19, 2017

Penguin Disaster In Antarctica: Two Chicks Survive From Colony Of 40,000

A catastrophic event in an Antarctica colony has left thousands of Adélie penguins dead with only two survivors. The disaster was caused by unusual environmental conditions.

Animals October 15, 2017

Captive Orcas Chew On Concrete And Steel Out Of Boredom And Anxiety

Researchers found that orcas in captivity incurred significant damage to their teeth from chewing on concrete and steel. The behavior is likely amplified by boredom and anxiety from captivity.

Animals October 13, 2017

Extremely Rare Or Non-Existent? World's Most Elusive Bird May Not Have Existed After All

The Liberian Greenbul is thought to be one of the world's most poorly known bird species. As it turns out, the Liberian Greenbul species does not exist as it may just be a variant of an already named species.

Animals October 8, 2017

Lake Vampire: Invasive Sea Lampreys Abundant In Lakes Superior And Erie

Populations of invasive sea lampreys continue to thrive in Lakes Erie and Superior. Authorities are continuous in their efforts to save the lakes and the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry.

Animals October 8, 2017

LOOK: This Stick Insect Thought To Be Extinct Still Exists

The Lord Howe Island stick insect was believed to be extinct for three decades after black rats eradicated their population. Rock climbers found them in another island and they are on their way to returning home.

Animals October 7, 2017

75 Percent Of World's Honey Contaminated With Bee-Harming Pesticide

Honey samples from all over the world were found to be contaminated with pesticide chemicals harmful to bee health. North American samples showed the highest contamination frequency.

Animals October 6, 2017

Whales And Dolphins Have Human-Like Societies Due To Big And Complex Brains

Cetaceans, which include whales and dolphins, have human-like societies. Scientists said that the social and cultural characteristics of these marine animals are due to having evolved big brains.

Animals October 17, 2017

Cambodian Farm Breeds Mutant Pigs With Double Muscles: PETA

PETA revealed that a farm in Cambodia breeds super-muscular pigs. What are the potential problems associated with producing these large and genetically altered animals to produce more meat?

Animals September 30, 2017

Mickey Mouse Will Go Nuts: This Giant Rat In Solomon Islands Cracks Coconuts

A new rat species has just been discovered in the Solomon Islands. The rodent, called Uromys vika, lives on trees, weighs four times as heavy as normal rats, and apparently likes nuts.

Animals September 27, 2017

The Diprotodon, The Largest Marsupial Ever, Used To Migrate Across Australia: Here's Why That Matters

The Diprotodon, the largest marsupial that ever lived with a weight of 3 tons, was discovered to be a migratory species. The findings were based on a fossilized tooth, which showed that the ancient animal consumed plants in different locations.

Animals September 27, 2017

Jellyfish Prove That You Don't Need A Brain To Sleep: So What?

Three CalTech graduate students proved through research that even brainless jellyfish also need to sleep. They discovered that a genus of jellyfish known as the Cassiopea displayed sleep-like behavior similar to humans at night.

Animals September 22, 2017

Fossilized Poop Of Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Reveals They Sometimes Ate Crabs

Researchers found traces of crustacean within the 75-million-year-old fossilized feces of a megaherbivore. The fossilized feces contains excellent insight regarding the life and possibly more diverse diets of the hadrosaurs.

Animals September 22, 2017

Size Does Matter When It Comes To Animal Extinction Risk

The smallest and largest of animals are the most vulnerable to extinction risk, a study of 27,000 vertebrate species revealed. The research also showed there are species being overlooked in terms of conservation efforts.

Animals September 19, 2017

Octlantis: Marine Biologists Discover Underwater City Of Gloomy Octopuses With Complex Social Behaviors

Up to 15 gloomy octopuses congregate in an underwater site in Jervis Bay, Australia. The cephalopods at Octlantis showed complex social behaviors and were observed communicating, mating and chasing away unwanted octopuses.

Animals September 19, 2017

Ancient Amphibians Had Fangs And Thousands Of Tiny Teeth

Ancient amphibians were found to have thousands of tiny teeth protruding from the roof of their mouths. The tiny teeth have a hook-like structure that points backward into the mouth.

Animals September 16, 2017

LOOK: 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Comes To Life In 3D Sculpture

A 500-million-year-old miniscule creature was brought to life in the form of an extremely detailed 3D sculpture. Now people will be able to see in detail the 1-centimeter sea creature that scientists love for many reasons.

Animals September 16, 2017

Farming Fish: Parrotfish Harvest From Their Favorite Corals

Parrotfish allow their favorite feeding spots to grow before making another harvest. This is not just beneficial to the fish, but to the coral reef as well.

Animals September 16, 2017

Experts Name New Species Of Prehistoric Crocodile From Texas

Researchers describe a new species of a massive prehistoric dinosaur that was found in a prime fossil area in Texas. The Deltasuchus motherali was so large it could grow up to 20 feet.

Animals September 15, 2017

Climate Change Threatens One Third Of All Parasites: Why This Is Bad

A third of all parasite species could be wiped out by the year 2070, according to researchers. Losing a significant amount of the species could spell bad news for the ecosystem.

Animals September 10, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Could Be At Risk Of Extinction

The number of migrating western monarch butterflies has dropped from millions to just approximately 300,000. Is it time for the monarch butterfly species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act?

Animals September 8, 2017

'Ghost' Lobster Caught By Fisherman From Ocean Off Maine

Maine lobsterman Alex Todd caught a translucent white lobster in a trap. Experts said that the weird-looking crustacean is not an albino. It has a genetic condition called Leucism.

Animals September 4, 2017

Royal Diet: How Honeybee Diet Determines Development Of Queen Bees And Worker Bees

Researchers found that the early diet of honeybees can determine which bee will become the queen of the colony. Do plants have anything to do with this?

Animals September 2, 2017

Coral Reef Fish Can Adapt To Fluctuating Carbon Dioxide Levels: Study

Researchers found that coral reef fish are actually more resilient to fluctuating carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. However, the discovered resilience still has a limit.

Animals September 1, 2017

Largest Ichthyosaurus In Fossil Record Was Pregnant At Death

The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen was found in the mid-1990s. Analysis revealed it was pregnant with the third known embryo for Ichthyosaurus when it died in the Early Jurassic period.

Animals August 29, 2017

Zebrafish Willingly Work To Get Opioid Doses: Study

Researchers experimented on zebrafish to observe the science of drug addiction and withdrawal. The addicted fish voluntarily worked harder to gain access and self-administer opioids.

Animals August 26, 2017

US, Canada To Team Up To Find Out What Is Killing Whales

The NOAA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are teaming up to investigate the deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales this year. The agencies aim to investigate the 'unusual mortality event' and to look for possible solutions.

Animals August 26, 2017

Topeka Zoo Gorilla Tiffany Dies Of Ovarian Cancer After Constipation Surgery

Forty-nine-year-old Tiffany the Gorilla of Topeka Zoo in Kansas was euthanized after veterinarians discovered she has ovarian cancer that has spread. The lowland gorilla underwent a colon surgery prior to her death.

Animals August 21, 2017

How Did The First Animals Appear On Earth? Algae Blooms May Have The Answer

How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.

Animals August 17, 2017

‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ Emerges As Missing Link In Dino Evolution

The Chilesaurus dinosaur, dubbed the Frankenstein dinosaur, is considered the missing piece of the puzzle of dinosaur evolution. Learn how it establishes the link between plant-eating dinos and carnivorous ones.

Animals August 17, 2017

Goldfish Get Drunk On Themselves To Survive Frozen Waters

Survival of the fittest means getting drunk in frozen waters for goldfish. Researchers discovered that goldfish produce alcohol from their cells to survive in low-oxygen waters.

Animals August 12, 2017

Pilot Whale Released Back To Sea After Rehabilitation At SeaWorld

A pilot whale affectionately called Gale was returned to the sea after five weeks of rehabilitation in SeaWorld Orlando. Bringing her back to her natural habitat was achieved with the help of SeaWorld Orlando, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Animals August 12, 2017

Fossil Discovered In China Hints Oldest Winged Mammal From Jurassic Period

The discovery of 160-year-old fossils in China shows the existence of early mammals during the Jurassic era. Their long arms, skin membrane, and joints suggest that the long-extinct creatures were capable of flight.

Animals August 12, 2017

Scientists Create First Mutant Ants Using CRISPR Gene Editing To Study Social Behavior

Researchers used CRISPR to remove a gene in ants that allow them to sense the pheromones they also use to communicate with other ants. Without it, the mutant ants were less sociable, were strange in behavior, and had altered brain shapes.

Animals August 11, 2017

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