Animal Life news stories

Humans Are Eating Most of Earth’s Largest Animals to Extinction
9th February 2019 | | Animal Life

Beyond being awesome in every sense of the word, these mammoth species are crucial to keeping their respective ecosystems balanced — and about 60 percent of them are hopelessly doomed.

The giant panda’s unusual diet may be the result of human pressure
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Civilisation’s rise drove it into China’s bamboo forests.

Bees can learn the difference between European and Australian Indigenous art styles in a single afternoon
31st January 2019 | Animal Life

Honey bees also have excellent navigation skills, they communicate symbolically through dance, and they can learn abstract concepts.

Ants build superhighways without bosses or blueprints
23rd January 2019 | | Animal Life

The construction and clearing of their sophisticated highways, it turns out, relies mainly on independent efforts that add up to unintentional teamwork.

Antarctic expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient ‘water bears’
21st January 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lake.

Ant Colonies Have Memories That Their Individual Members Don’t Have
17th January 2019 | | Animal Life

Like a brain, an ant colony operates without central control. Each is a set of interacting individuals, either neurons or ants, using simple chemical interactions that in the aggregate generate their behaviour.

New Evidence Suggests Dogs Reached North America 10,000 Years Ago
11th January 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life

The remains, which had been stored at the Illinois State Museum, hadn’t been properly dated using modern techniques.

Surprise Discovery Reveals an Ancient, Extinct Giant Hidden Among Ivory in Cambodia
11th January 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

As melting permafrost gives up the bones of long extinct megafauna, a new breed of ivory hunter is cashing in on the remnants of creatures that vanished millennia ago.

Ancient DNA from Viking Graves Proves the Fierce Fighters Rode Male Horses
9th January 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists conducted the first ancient DNA analysis of bones from 19 horses in Viking graves, and found that nearly all of the animals were male, a tantalizing clue about vanished Viking culture.

The Animal Kingdom’s “Universal Code” for Monogamy Has Been Discovered
9th January 2019 | | Animal Life

Monogamy, it’s revealed, is embedded in shared molecules across various amphibians, birds, mammals, and fish.

This 2,300-Year-Old Egyptian Fortress Had an Unusual Task: Guarding a Port That Sent Elephants to War
4th January 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Constructed at a time when Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemies, the fortifications are sizable.

4th January 2019 | | Animal Life, Humans

Attenborough commented that those in “the comfortable west” are often untouched by the effects of global warming, caused by a number of industries, including animal agriculture.

Extraordinary treefrog discovered in the Andes of Ecuador
3rd January 2019 | | Animal Life

The new species has an extraordinary characteristic, the presence of claw-like appendages at the base of the thumbs.

Scientists Just Drilled Through Thousands of Feet of Ice Into a ‘Lost’ Antarctic Lake
2nd January 2019 | | Animal Life, Earth

Researchers can now conduct experiments that tell us about the geology and hydrology of a hidden subglacial world, and maybe even find a unique species or two along the way.

Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought
27th December 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution.

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling
26th December 2018 | | Animal Life, Humans

Japan will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern ocean.

News stories covering Animal Science, bacterial life, DNA.