Animal Life news stories

Octopus Brains Evolved to Share a Surprising Trait in With Our Brains
27th November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Our glorious little blue marble of a planet is filled with an astonishingly diverse array of lifeforms, but some are definitely more peculiar than others.

Rare Fossil of Extinct American Lion Discovered Thanks to The Mississippi Drying Up
24th November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Misc.

At the end of October, a Mississippi resident made a rare discovery along the drought-stricken Mississippi River – a fossilized jawbone from an American lion that roamed the area roughly 11,000 years ago, according to McClatchy News

Biologists Uncover New Information About Earth’s First Animals
23rd November 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

According to a recent study, the amazing survival techniques of polar marine creatures may help to explain how the earliest animals on Earth may have evolved earlier than the oldest fossils suggest

1,700-year-old spider monkey remains discovered in Teotihuacán, Mexico
22nd November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The complete skeletal remains of a spider monkey — seen as an exotic curiosity in pre-Hispanic Mexico — grants researchers new evidence regarding social-political ties between two ancient powerhouses: Teotihuacán and Maya Indigenous rulers.

Scientists Have – Literally – Unearthed a Whole New Species of Tardigrade
21st November 2022 | | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Tardigrades are tiny, incredibly tough animals that can withstand a wide range of dangers, including many that would obliterate most other creatures known to science.

Scientists just found a hidden 6th mass extinction in Earth’s ancient past
16th November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A global drop in oxygen levels about 550 million years ago led to Earth’s first known mass extinction, new evidence suggests.

Wild chimpanzees show others objects simply to share attention
15th November 2022 | Animal Life, Humans

Researchers have observed a wild chimpanzee showing an object to its mother simply for sharing’s sake—social behavior previously thought to be unique to humans.

These Mysterious Rocks Are The Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth, Scientists Say
15th November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Tracking down the oldest traces of life on Earth isn’t easy. Smoosh a bunch of microbes between layers of rock and let them ripen for billions of years; what you end up with is going to resemble rock more than an ancient life form.

Slaves to the rhythm: rats can’t resist a good beat, researchers say
13th November 2022 | | Animal Life, Humans

Study finds rats instinctively move in time to music – an ability previously thought to be uniquely human.

Incredible Discovery Has Finally Revealed The First Animals to Grow a Skeleton
8th November 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Before life on Earth exploded in diversity some 540 million years ago, the first primitive animal skeletons were already starting to form.

Seals can perceive rhythm early in life
31st October 2022 | | Animal Life, Humans

A team of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics has tested the rhythmic abilities of harbor seals, a species of animals known to be capable of rhythmic learning. The analyses revealed that seals also have a sense of rhythm, being able to discriminate between rhythmic and non-rhythmic sequences early in life without any training or rewards.

Why Humans Have Always Been Fascinated by Snakes—From Ayahuasceros to Egyptians
31st October 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

There are few animals as frightening and as fascinating as the snake. So why exactly have we obsessed over them for 70,000 years?

Ancient Snail From 99 Million Years Ago Discovered With Hairs Growing on Shell
31st October 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A snail preserved in amber with an intact fringe of tiny delicate bristles along its shell is helping biologists better understand why one of the world’s slimiest animals might evolve such a groovin’ hairstyle.

Insects Can Produce As Much Atmospheric Electric Charge as a Thunderstorm Cloud
27th October 2022 | Animal Life, Earth

Researchers measured the electrical fields near swarming honeybees and discovered that insects can produce as much atmospheric electric charge as a thunderstorm cloud.

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered global mega-tsunami
26th October 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

It is no surprise that a 14km-wide asteroid slamming into the Gulf of Mexico would generate one hell of a tsunami, but this is the first time anyone has worked out how big and how far-reaching it would have been.

Proposal to grant the ocean rights calls for a sea change in legal framework
18th October 2022 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The idea is simple but ambitious: protect the ocean by giving it the same kind of rights a person might have. No such legal mechanism is currently in place, but support for this concept is growing as experts increasingly recognize that the ocean is in dire need of defense.

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