Animal Life news stories

Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels
22nd August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have found that increasing oxygen levels are linked to the rise of North American dinosaurs around 215 M years ago.

America’s Largest Asteroid Impact Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern United States
20th August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

America’s largest impact crater wreaked havoc on the land and water. Scientists are just beginning to understand it.

Paper Does NOT Mean 88% Of All Large Freshwater Creatures Are Gone
13th August 2019 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The investigation was limited to freshwater megafauna and included almost no data from South America, Africa, the Mediterranean, or the Middle East.

Earth’s largest freshwater creatures at risk of extinction
12th August 2019 | | Animal Life, Earth

Many of the world’s freshwater megafauna—including sumo-sized stingrays, colossal catfish, giant turtles, and gargantuan salamanders—may soon find themselves on the brink of extinction.

Fossil find reveals that the world’s largest parrot was over three feet tall
8th August 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life

Heracles inexpectatus lived in New Zealand 19 million years ago. It was over three feet tall and weighed greater than 15 kilos.

RNA recovered and sequenced from 14,000-year-old mummified wolf
1st August 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life

Sample from an ancient canid gives a first look at the new field of paleo-transcriptomics.

99 percent of species have gone extinct. A new study looks at our odds of avoiding that fate.
1st August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers use mathematical models to estimate extinction from natural causes.

Fossils reveal special relationship between humans, monkeys 12,000 years ago
15th July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

“What’s interesting is that as early as 12,000 years ago those Paleolithic people in Java already had the same concept of production of food that the Neolithic people would have later on.”

Ancient megafauna helped drive plant dispersal prior to domestication
12th July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Large grazing animals during the Pleistocene drove evolutionary changes in key grains like quinoa and buckwheat and these changes paved the way for domestication.

‘Giant wombat’ fossil discovered by council workers in Australia
1st July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Fossilised jaw of baby diprotodon, a type of megafauna extinct for millennia, extracted in NSW by Australian Museum.

These monkeys are 3,000 years into their own ‘Stone Age’
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

While capuchins won’t use tools like us any time soon, the species now “has its own individual archaeological record,” scientists report.

‘Lost City’ Hidden in Rainforest Reveals Treasure Trove of Rare And Unknown Creatures
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Doubts have swirled around disputed archaeological ‘discoveries’ of this La Ciudad Blanca, but one fact is finally clear: this rich environment, mythical or not, harbours a unique ecosystem of animal life.

‘We’re coming to liberate her’: The fight to free killer whale held captive for 50 years
24th June 2019 | | Animal Life, Humans

One of seven orcas captured using nets and explosives then sold to aquariums, Lolita lives out her days being forced to perform tricks twice a day for visitors.

A Mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines Has Been Unraveled by Ornithology
21st June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A crucial realization was that the birds in the geoglyphs are not naturally found near the locations of the lines. Hermits, for example, live on the eastern slope of the Andes and in the north near Ecuador.

DNA confirms a weird Greenland whale was a narwhal-beluga hybrid
21st June 2019 | | Animal Life

Genetic analysis of the animal’s skull shows it had a narwhal mom and beluga dad.

Bone-Crushing Hyenas Lived in Canada’s Arctic During the Last Ice Age
20th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The big finding — that ancient hyenas lived in the North American Arctic — is based on two tiny teeth, which archaeologists found in Canada’s northern Yukon Territory.

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