Animal Life news stories

Study: Humans and Climate Change Drove Australian Megafauna to Extinction
3rd December 2019 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ancient Australia’s super-sized animals, the megafauna, became extinct about 42,000 years ago, but the role of humans in their demise has been debated for decades.

Mummified Pup Died in Siberia 18,000 Years Ago … And Might Be a Wolf (or Something Else)
3rd December 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A young pup that spent 18,000 years buried in Siberian permafrost looks remarkably lifelike and pettable — for a freeze-dried mummy.

Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age
3rd December 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth.

Species in Danger as Humans Hack at Tree of Life
2nd December 2019 goodmenproject.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Humankind is now extinguishing animal and plant species so swiftly that evolution cannot keep up, according to new research.

The Bizarre Hypothesis of the Aquatic Ape
26th November 2019 mysteriousuniverse.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Throughout history there have been theories that have either driven us forward or become historical oddities. It is all part of our stumbling quest to feel our way through this morass of mysteries….

African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis
25th November 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago.

Orangutan Connected Directly to Extinct Giant Ape
19th November 2019 | technologynetworks.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between an ancient giant primate and orangutan. This allows the researchers to reconstruct evolutionary processes way beyond the known limits.

UM pair aid research on when humans reached N. America
17th November 2019 valliantnews.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeological evidence points to human arrival in America less than 15,000 years ago but the discovery a prehistoric mastodon is prompting some scientists to push back the time frame by 100,000 years.

It wasn’t an instant goodnight for all when the asteroid hit
17th November 2019 | abc.net.au | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

It measured 10Km across. It hit at a speed of 20Km/second. Everything within one thousand kilometres would have been incinerated. This was the asteroid which impacted with Earth 66 million years ago.

Radar reveals ancient ‘ghost’ human footprints — in mammoth footprints
15th November 2019 | zmescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Footprint evidence of human-megafauna interactions is extremely rare. Researchers from Cornell used a method called ground-penetrating radar to “see” potential footprints.

Two Traps Where Woolly Mammoths Were Driven to Their Death Found in Mexico
9th November 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers announced the discovery this week, saying that it lends “unprecedented context” to experts’ understanding of how ancient humans hunted woolly mammoths.

How This Decade of Archaeology Changed What We Know About Human Origins
8th November 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

With the discovery of each new skull fragment, femur, and stone tool, archaeologists are methodically piecing together the fractured history of our species and other hominins closely related to us.

Ancient ape offers clues to evolution of two-legged walking
7th November 2019 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists say they have found the remains of a previously unknown ancient ape that could stand upright almost 12 million years ago.

Richard Cerutti, whose mastodon discovery shook up the archaeology world, dies
7th November 2019 | latimes.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Cerutti knew from an early age that he wanted to be an explorer of the past. What began as a curiosity became an obsession that lead to the most contentious discoveries in North American archaeology.

Did an Extraterrestrial Impact Trigger the Extinction of Ice-Age Animals?
30th October 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Archaeologist Christopher Moore and 16 colleagues present further evidence of a cosmic impact based on research done at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina.

Remarkable Fossils Capture Mammals’ Recovery After the Dino-Killing Asteroid
28th October 2019 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Survivors grew from the size of a rat to that of a wolf within 700,000 years of the impact.

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