Animal Life news stories

On the hunt for megafauna in North America
4th June 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Research from Curtin University has found that pre-historic climate change does not explain the extinction of megafauna in North America at the end of the last Ice Age.

Nevada home to 246M-year-old fossil of pregnant ichthyosaur
1st June 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Autumn was closing in fast on northern Nevada when Martin Sander took one last look around the excavation site in the Augusta Mountains 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Reno.

The grand old trees of the world are dying, leaving forests younger and shorter
29th May 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

CALIFORNIA’S GIANT SEQUOIAS can live for more than 3,000 years, their trunks stretching two car lengths in diameter, their branches reaching nearly 300 feet toward the clouds.

Image from Acroterion (Wiki Commons)

Snakestones: the myth, magic and science of ammonites
29th May 2020 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

We now know ammonites are extinct cephalopod molluscs…But before science had an answer, ammonite fossils were mysterious objects that gave rise to rich and fascinating folklore all over the world.

New pygmy seahorse discovered, first of its kind in Africa
29th May 2020 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“It’s like finding a kangaroo in Norway,” says a researcher of the new species of lentil-size fish, found 5,000 miles from its nearest cousins.

Image from Flickr: Pygmy Seahorse (Wiki Commons)

 

World’s Oldest Bug is Fossil Millipede from Scotland
29th May 2020 news.utexas.edu | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A 425-million-year-old millipede fossil from the Scottish island of Kerrera is the world’s oldest “bug” — older than any known fossil of an insect, arachnid or other related creepy-crawly, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Human speech has ‘ancient roots within primate communication’
28th May 2020 | sciencefocus.com | Animal Life, Humans

Lip smacks made by chimpanzees follow a rhythm similar to human speech, according to a new study.

Image from https://humanjourney.us/ (Wiki Commons)

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at ‘deadliest possible’ angle
28th May 2020 | imperial.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New simulations from Imperial College London have revealed the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs struck Earth at the ‘deadliest possible’ angle.

Australia’s megafauna roamed the tropics with first humans but then disappeared
28th May 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Giant wombats, six-metre-long goannas and the world’s largest kangaroos are among the enormous megafauna that inhabited Queensland between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago, but where did they go?

Image from Beclectic (Wiki Commons)

Bumblebees bite plants to make them flower early, surprising scientists
24th May 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life, Earth

BUMBLEBEES AREN’T MERELY bumbling around our gardens. They’re actively assessing the plants, determining which flowers have the most nectar and pollen, and leaving behind scent marks that tell them which blooms they’ve already visited.

Image by Alvesgaspar (Wikki Commons)

Humans did not drive Australia’s megafauna to extinction – climate change did
20th May 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

We now know people and megafauna overlapped by up to 20,000 years, until changes to vegetation, water and fire

A 300,000-year-old, nearly complete elephant skeleton from Schöningen
20th May 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Elephants ranged over Schöningen in Lower Saxony 300,000 years ago. In recent years, remains of at least ten elephants have been found at the Palaeolithic sites situated on the edges of the former opencast lignite mine.

Early humans thrived in this drowned South African landscape
18th May 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Early humans lived in South African river valleys with deep, fertile soils filled with grasslands, floodplains, woodlands, and wetlands that abounded with hippos, zebras, antelopes, and many other animals, some extinct for millennia.

Bizarre new species discovered… on Twitter
16th May 2020 phys.org | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

While many of us use social media to be tickled silly by cat videos or wowed by delectable cakes, others use them to discover new species.

200 million-year-old fossil shows oldest ‘squid attack’ on record
8th May 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An ancient squid-like creature with 10 arms covered in hooks had just crushed the skull of its prey in a vicious attack when disaster struck, killing both predator and prey, according to a Jurassic period fossil of the duo found on the southern coast of England.

How did ancient frogs move between America and Australia? Easy: They hopped across Antarctica.
6th May 2020 | popsci.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

It’s no secret that millions of years ago, the world looked wildly different than it does today. Continents now separated by massive oceans were once next-door neighbors, and today’s frozen wilderness was temperate and green.

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