Animal Life news stories

Giant sand worm discovery proves truth is stranger than fiction
22nd January 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Weird

Simon Fraser University researchers have found evidence that large ambush-predatory worms–some as long as two metres–roamed the ocean floor near Taiwan over 20 million years ago.

Natural wonder: Wing ‘clap’ solves mystery of butterfly flight
21st January 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

The fluttering flight patterns of butterflies have long inspired poets but baffled scientists.

Animal magnetism is real
15th January 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Animal Life

Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by all living things – at least, that seems to be the case with these snakes.

Dire wolves were real—and even stranger than we thought
14th January 2021 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

A study of extinct dire wolf DNA reveals surprises, including that the carnivores, made famous as fictional pets in Game of Thrones, weren’t closely related to wolves.

Image from: Flickr: Dire Wolf Skeleton (Wiki Commons)

45,500-year-old rock painting of pigs in Indonesia is the oldest-known art depicting real, recognisable objects
14th January 2021 | abc.net.au | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

More than 45,500 years ago, perched on a ledge at the back of an Indonesian cave, an artist was at work.

Fossils shed light on puzzle that vexed Darwin
13th January 2021 | ed.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Remarkably well-preserved fossils are helping scientists unravel a mystery about the origins of early animals that puzzled Charles Darwin.

Here’s What Happens When Animals Eat LSD
11th January 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Animal Life, Humans, Misc.

Hippies and other early psychonauts weren’t the only ones dropping acid back in the Sixties and Seventies. Several animals also had the experience of dabbling with LSD, courtesy of the scientists who wanted to see what effects it would have on various species. The results of those tests ranged from bizarre to tragic.

How did crocodiles survive asteroid strike which wiped out the dinosaurs? New study offers insight
10th January 2021 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Having survived the meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago, crocodiles are one of the most resilient animals on Earth.

The indigenous tribes fighting the curse of xawara in the Amazon
10th January 2021 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Isolated in the heart of the Amazon, Dario Kopenawa Yanomami’s father is working with shamans and the spirits of the forest to weaken the xawara, the word Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami community uses for epidemics brought in by outsiders.

Image from: NASA  (Wiki Commons)

Scientists observe live cells responding to magnetic fields for first time
7th January 2021 newatlas.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

One of the most remarkable “sixth” senses in the animal kingdom is magnetoreception – the ability to detect magnetic fields – but exactly how it works remains a mystery.

Image from: BanduG (Wiki Commons)

There’s Mounting Evidence That Life on Earth Started With More Than Just RNA
2nd January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

How life originated on Earth continues to fascinate scientists, but it’s not easy peering back billions of years into the past. Now, evidence is growing for a relatively new hypothesis of how life began: with a very precise mix of RNA and DNA.

Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic
31st December 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The remarkably preserved carcass of an Ice Age-era woolly rhino has been unearthed by locals in eastern Siberia, researchers have said.

Atlantic discovery: 12 new species ‘hiding in the deep’
28th December 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth

Almost five years of studying the deep Atlantic in unprecedented detail has revealed 12 species new to science.

57,000 year-old wolf puppy found frozen in Yukon permafrost
23rd December 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The preserved pup is helping researchers understand how wolves migrated across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Image from: http://www.nps.gov (Wiki Commons)

New Law Threatens to Gut the Brazilian Amazon
18th December 2020 doubleblindmag.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Brazil’s Congress is about to vote on a policy that would legalize mining and other industries in the rainforest, whilst denying indigenous people the right to object.

Humans have dogs, fish have shrimp
18th December 2020 cosmosmagazine.com | Animal Life

Researchers have discovered that a species of coral fish uses shrimp to help fertilise its algae farms, which, they suggest, is the first evidence of a non-human vertebrate domesticating another species.

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