Animal Life news stories

Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth
11th June 2019 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What would happen if the hands of time were turned back to an arbitrary point in our evolutionary history and we restarted the clock?

Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of ‘bizarre’ sloths
11th June 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The studies suggest a land bridge connected the West Indies with South America 30 million years ago, allowing the slow-moving animals to reach the islands.

Whale intelligence continues to amaze and dumbfound scientists
5th June 2019 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

New studies show that humans are not the only intelligent organisms living on Earth, but we are still a long way from fully understanding how smart whales and dolphins really are.

In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography
4th June 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents.

Chimpanzees filmed eating tortoises after smashing their shells against a tree trunk
29th May 2019 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life

“Storing food and later on retrieving it is an indication that the animals are able to plan into the future,” said Tobias Deschner,  primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Tortoises rule on this isolated island
23rd May 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life, Earth

A photographer discovers a primordial paradise where he’s just part of the ecosystem.

We’re killing off our planet, and our enlightenment may come too late
9th May 2019 | washingtonpost.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

There are roughly 8 million plant and animal species in the world. One of them — homo sapiens — may soon wipe out a million of the rest. And we’re just getting started.

Bones of Giant Ice Age Bear And Ancient Humans Discovered in Underwater Mexican Cave
3rd May 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

An ancient graveyard buried at the bottom of an underwater cave in Mexico, has turned up the skull animals and a couple of humans more than 12,000-years-old.

Genes from an extinct “ghost ape” live on in modern bonobos
1st May 2019 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The fossil record for our closest relatives is poor, but genetic data could help.

Climate, grasses and teeth—the evolution of South America mammals
1st May 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Grass-eating mammals, including armadillos as big as Volkswagens, became more diverse in South America about 6 million years ago because shifts in atmospheric circulation drove changes in climate and vegetation.

Neanderthals may have trapped golden eagles 130,000 years ago
29th April 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Although rock dove and raven remains were the most numerous birds, the remains of golden eagles were also present at 26 sites.

Liquid blood and urine have been found inside a prehistoric 42,000-year-old foal
21st April 2019 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The animal’s body fluids were extracted during an autopsy and tested in the hope of cloning the extinct species.

Africa’s largest mammalian carnivore had canines ‘the size of bananas’
18th April 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life

Attached to them was an enormous jaw and other bone fragments dated to 23 million years ago.

The four-legged whale discovered off the coast of Peru: What was it like?
12th April 2019 bigthink.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The new fossil offers insight into when whales returned to the oceans millions of years ago.

How Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Grew ‘Genetically Similar’ in the Cold
11th April 2019 | inverse.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

“It is now possible to try to answer a question no one has asked before: Are there genetic similarities between evolutionary adaption paths in Neanderthals and mammoths?”

Ancient four-legged whale with webbed feet and hooves uncovered in Peru
5th April 2019 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Four legs, webbed feet and hooves on its toes: this new fossil discovery from Peru doesn’t sound like a typical whale.

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