Animal Life news stories
The massive bones unearthed on an isolated Bering island belong to an animal that’s been extinct for nearly 250 years – the giant Steller’s sea cow. And the skeleton’s excellent condition has researchers excited to learn more about the long-gone species.
Why haven’t mastodons been found further inland in that part of the country? Clearly, the stories from Diamond Valley Lake have only just begun to emerge.
An investigation by the University of Edinburgh discovered that fast-moving streams of interplanetary dust are capable of delivering tiny organisms able to survive in outer space.
Prehistoric rock art found in Saudi Arabia shows humans hunting with dogs on leashes – and it looks like those pictures could be at least 8,000 years old, making them the earliest art depicting dogs.
If the kitten is a lynx, it would be only the second species of its kind from the last ice age to be uncovered in Beringia, a region encompassing parts of Russia, Alaska and Canada, said Olga Potapova, the collections curator and manager at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, who is helping with the logistics of studying the new specimen.
Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead.
The age of dinosaurs met an unlikely end — because had the cosmic impact that doomed it hit just about anywhere else on the planet, the “terrible lizards” might still roam the Earth, a new study finds.
Scientists believe that male mammoths were more likely to get themselves stuck in places where their corpses would be frozen or fossilised for posterity.
With its head resting on its paw, the remains of a cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia could have been sleeping in the permafrost for up to 50,000 years.
Sheep have shown an unexpected capacity to recognise straight mugshots of four celebrities, but then to identify those same megastars in side profiles they’d not seen before.
For those that believe human beings were created in God’s own image, the idea that we have monkeys in our evolutionary history is a little hard to swallow, so it is likely to cause even more upset than scientists have now announced they’ve found the earliest known ancestor, and it’s a rat!
Songbirds are minimalists when it comes to learning a new song, research shows. The birds’ learning strategy resembles the methods that computer scientists use for document comparison.
I jumped at the chance to join a team from the BBC on an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula for Blue Planet II, to help them as a scientific guide. Thanks to the crew of the research ship Alucia, we dived in minisubmarines to 1km deep in the Antarctic for the first time. And while we didn’t face anything like the physical hardships endured by early polar explorers on land, those dives did give us the opportunity for some unique science.
A whale that was living close to a pod of bottlenose dolphins has learnt to speak their language, according to new research.