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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.