Humans Lived Alongside Fierce Dog-Like Creatures in Prehistoric Europe, Fossil Find Suggests

The remains are scarce—a distinct jawbone fragment (with several teeth still attached) and a lower first molar—but it was enough evidence for Saverio Bartolini-Lucenti, a paleontologist at the University of Florence in Italy, and his colleagues to assign it as belonging to the species Canis (Xenocyon) lycaonoides.

4 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Hyenas Left a Massive Pile of Bones in a Saudi Arabian Lava Tube

It was a feast to last a lifetime, and then many lifetimes after that, and the researchers who excavated the site believe they know the identity of the hungry species that amassed the bone bed.

17 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Animals


Freaky ‘Penis Snakes’ Have Finally Made It to the U.S., and of Course They Chose Florida

DNA analysis confirms that an eel-like creature pulled from a Florida canal two years ago is a caecilian, otherwise known as the “penis snake.” 

1 day, 10 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Animals


Wild Parrots in Australia Are Teaching Each Other How to Break Into Trash Bins

In a new study this week, they detail the recent emergence and spread of this learned behavior, which they say is a common but not always easily observed example of cultural change happening among non-human animals.

6 days, 10 hours ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Animals


Scientists Gave Sober Cows a Drunk Walking Test

One by one, the cows were then guided back and forward through a corridor about 230 feet long (one researcher trailed behind the cow to deter it from turning back but otherwise didn’t interact with it).

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Animals


For the First Time Ever, Scientists Witness Chimps Killing Gorillas

As the scientists speculate, increased food competition in Loango National Park and possibly elsewhere might be the result of climate change, though more research is needed to be sure.

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Animals


No One Knows What's Killing These Wild Songbirds

Geological Survey, emerged in late May from wildlife handlers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, as well as Washington D.C.; since then, similar reports from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana have come in.

2 weeks, 3 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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How Do We Know Birds Are Dinosaurs?

All non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out following the asteroid-induced mass extinction 66 million years ago, but some species of birds—probably ground-dwelling birds—managed to survive, and they wasted no time in taking over once their relatives were gone.

2 weeks, 5 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Fossil 'Pseudo-Horses' Found in Spain Had Short Legs and Weird Teeth

“Imagine animals similar to horses with three toes, the size of a fox terrier, a Great Dane and a donkey living in a subtropical landscape,” said Ainara Badiola, a paleontologist at the Universidad del País Vasco and a co-author of the study, in a University of the Basque Country press release.
 

2 weeks, 6 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Ancient Elephants Quickly Shrank Into Dwarfs on the Island of Sicily, DNA Suggests

As a result, studying islands has long given scientists, including Charles Darwin, key insights into how evolution works (this phenomenon also gave the creators of Pokemon a nifty concept for a pair of games). 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
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Newly Discovered Giant Rhino Fossil Defies the Imagination

Giant rhinos are among the largest mammals to have ever walked this great Earth, and a newly discovered species that lived in northwest China some 25 million years ago is revealing just how magnificent these creatures were. 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
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Paleontologists Study 9,000-Year-Old Aurochs Bones and Wonder if the Beasts Were Tamed

A team of paleontologists have now genetically sampled the Mesolithic remains, which were found in the 1990s near a human skeleton, and they believe that the DNA could help decipher the mystery of whether these aurochs were fully wild or tamed by people. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago by SAEID US
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Something Wiped Out Nearly All Sharks 19 Million Years Ago, New Research Suggests

Elizabeth Sibert, the first author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow from the Yale Institute for Biospheric Sciences at Yale University, detected evidence of the extinction event while studying fossilized fish teeth and shark scales. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago by SAEID US
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Hear the Table Manners of Canada Lynx in Stunningly Gruesome Detail

The instruments have given the researchers an intimate look at how the animals engage with their environments, from how they hunt down food to how they communicate with other members of their species. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago by SAEID US
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Volunteer Your Cat or Dog for a New 'If I Fits I Sits' Study

This week, scientists at Hunter College’s Thinking Dog Center sent out an open call for everyday cats and dogs, as well as their owners, to participate in a citizen science project. 

2 months ago by SAEID US
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Thousands of Unknown Viruses and Bacteria Are Living in Our Subways

But though the scientists have discovered lots of previously unknown species living in these subways, people shouldn’t be too worried about the tiny commuters that they’re spending time around. 

2 months ago by SAEID US
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Farmed Salmon Could Be Spreading a Deadly Disease to Their Wild Counterparts

If you’re the type who only buys wild fish to eat and would never touch the farmed stuff, just know the two may not be as separate as you think. 

2 months ago by SAEID US
Animals


A Shark, Eating a Squid, Eating a Lobster, in One Fossil

Over 174 million years ago, a squid-like creature was chowing down on an ancient crustacean, only to find itself scooped up as a meal by a prehistoric shark. 

2 months ago by SAEID US
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Giant Camels and More Treasures Discovered in Fossilized California Forest

Bit by bit over the past year, a team of paleontologists and geologists, among others, have uncovered the fossilized remains of a Miocene forest, from its gomphotheres and mastodons to the trees themselves. 

2 months ago by SAEID US
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World's Worst Flower Looks Like a Butt, Smells Like Dead Bugs

Nondescript on the forest floor, the flowering plant Aristolochia microstoma has developed an arresting means of self-preservation: It smells like dead bugs, which attracts the living bugs that act as the plant’s pollinators. 

2 months, 1 week ago by SAEID US
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