Animal Life news stories

Huge New ‘Shark Toothed’ Dinosaur Found
10th October 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Dating back more than 113 million years, the fossils belong to “one of the most important Thai dinosaurs ever found,” paleontologists say.

Microscopic Evidence Sheds Light on the Disappearance of the World’s Largest Mammals
4th October 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

New, state-of-the-art methods provide detailed insights into the timing and causes of ‘megafauna’ extinctions in the past.

New Research Turns Tasmanian Aboriginal History on its Head. The Results Will Help Care for the Land
4th October 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The way Tasmanian Aboriginal people hunted, gathered and used fire influenced today’s plant and animal communities. This has big implications for conservation today.

The Quiet Disappearance of Birds in North America
21st September 2019 | | Animal Life

Though the continent has 3 billion fewer birds than it did in 1970, those losses are hard to glean because it’s the commonest species that have been hit hardest.

Dainty 500,000-Year-Old Blades Show Man Used Finesse to Chow Down on Elephants
21st September 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Tel Aviv University team shows early man intentionally upcycled flint byproducts of stone knapping to efficiently butcher elephants and suck the marrow out of life.

Asteroid that Killed the Dinosaurs Was as Strong as 10 Billion Atomic Bombs
15th September 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Close examination of the rock layers revealed that the crater was already packed with debris within the first 24 hours, with an estimated 425 feet of material filling the gaping hole within that first day.

Scientists Extract Oldest Ever Genetic Information from 1.7 Million-Year-Old Rhino Tooth
12th September 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have extracted the oldest genetic information ever found, using a technique that could revolutionise our understanding of evolution.

Oldest Parasite DNA Yet Recorded Found in Prehistoric Puma Poo
29th August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Coprolite reveals felines in southern Andes had roundworm 17,000 years ago, long before humans got there.

Siberian Puppy Frozen in Permafrost for 14,300 Years Gives Scientists Major RNA Breakthrough
27th August 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The puppy found preserved in permafrost in Tumat in 2015 was either a wolf or a domesticated wolf-dog hybrid. In other words, this Pleistocene canid may have been an ancient pet.

Manta Rays Form Social Bonds With Each Other
27th August 2019 | Animal Life

These social communities were quite differently structured, one being made up of mostly mature female rays, and the other a mix of males, females and juveniles.

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.

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