Animal Life news stories

Liquid blood and urine have been found inside a prehistoric 42,000-year-old foal
21st April 2019 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The animal’s body fluids were extracted during an autopsy and tested in the hope of cloning the extinct species.

Africa’s largest mammalian carnivore had canines ‘the size of bananas’
18th April 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life

Attached to them was an enormous jaw and other bone fragments dated to 23 million years ago.

The four-legged whale discovered off the coast of Peru: What was it like?
12th April 2019 bigthink.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The new fossil offers insight into when whales returned to the oceans millions of years ago.

How Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Grew ‘Genetically Similar’ in the Cold
11th April 2019 | inverse.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

“It is now possible to try to answer a question no one has asked before: Are there genetic similarities between evolutionary adaption paths in Neanderthals and mammoths?”

Ancient four-legged whale with webbed feet and hooves uncovered in Peru
5th April 2019 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Four legs, webbed feet and hooves on its toes: this new fossil discovery from Peru doesn’t sound like a typical whale.

New Type of Arctic Dinosaur Discovered in Alaska
5th April 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The duck-billed, crested lambeosaurine shows that a diverse array of dinos lived in the warmer but still harsh Arctic 70 million years ago.

69 Million Years Ago, Crested Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Roamed the Warm, Forested Arctic
3rd April 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur fossil in Alaska’s North Slope that reveals that these animals were more diverse than previously believed.

Prehistoric ‘graveyard’ left by dinosaur-killing asteroid unearthed by scientists
1st April 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A fossil site has captured the moments just after the asteroid thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs collided with Earth, palaeontologists have claimed.

Last of the giants: What killed off Madagascar’s megafauna a thousand years ago?
30th March 2019 images.theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life

What’s remarkable about the megafaunal crash in Madagascar is that it occurred not tens of thousands of years ago but just over 1,000 years ago, between A.D. 700 and 1000.

Countries demand their fossils back, forcing natural history museums to confront their past
28th March 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Repatriation requests are prompting new questions about the stories of “discovery” that many museums have traditionally told.

This Newly Discovered Mastodon Species Roamed California for Millions of Years
28th March 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Animal Life

A new species of mastodon specific to a small segment of the North American West has been discovered. It is the first new North American mastodon species to be recognized in 50 years.

Fossil barnacles reveal whales have followed same migration routes for hundreds of millennia
26th March 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Chemical traces in fossils allow scientists to track movements of ancient ocean giants.

Fossil Treasure Trove of Ancient Animals Unearthed in China
22nd March 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The fossils from the Cambrian Period include dozens of new species and provide a window into life more than 500 million years ago.

Scientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech Experiment
13th March 2019 | geek.com | Ancient, Animal Life

While there won’t be any woolly mammoths rising from the grave soon, the experiment could help scientists explore alternative resurrection methods in the future.

Rare ‘Portable’ Paleolithic Art Depicts a Mysterious Scene Involving Birds and Humans
13th March 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Dating back more than 12,000 years, this extraordinary example of rock art features a scene involving birds and humans—a rarity for the Paleolithic Period on several accounts.

Would dinosaurs have died without an asteroid strike?
8th March 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Maybe not, according to a new study that says dinosaurs still had plenty of vim and vigor leading up to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.

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