Animal Life news stories

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
10th December 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

While humans aren’t warming the Earth anywhere close to as much as what happened naturally 250 million years ago, “this puts our future into the category of contenders for true catastrophe.”

How Bronze Age Northern Mongolian Peoples Got Milk
10th December 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

The genomes of 22 individuals dating to the Late Bronze Age suggest that milk consumption was spread through cultural diffusion, not as a result of the migration of new peoples into the region.

229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018
5th December 2018 | Animal Life

The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, 7 flowering plants, 7 spiders, 4 eels, 3 sharks, 2 water bears, 1 frog, 1 snake, 1 seahorse, 1 moss, and 1 liverwort plant.

Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia
3rd December 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Teilhardina brandti is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that Teilhardina first appeared in China.

DNA of The Mysterious ‘Siberian Unicorn’ Has Been Analysed For The First Time
27th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The ancient rhinoceros didn’t die off 200,000 years ago, before the last Ice Age, as previously thought. The strange animals actually only disappeared as recently as 36,000 years ago.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The team’s research, published in Science, shows that early hominin species played little to no role in driving mammal extinctions in ancient African ecosystems.

It looks like an anchovy fillet but this ancient creature helps us understand how DNA works
26th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Because amphioxus “sits in the middle” between invertebrates and vertebrates, it can tell us about some of the steps and developments that took place as animals became more complex over millions of years of evolution.

New species of extinct ape discovered in tomb of ancient Chinese noblewoman
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Gibbon likely belonged to Lady Xia, grandmother of China’s first emperor, but its species appears to have been driven to extinction by deforestation.

Termites have been building hundreds of millions of huge mounds for 4,000 years – and now scientists know why
21st November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

‘Biological wonder’ of 200 million mounds saw soil equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza excavated by insects.

Ancient DNA Study Revealed The Evolution of a Mysterious Extinct Monkey of The Caribbean
16th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Different from any other monkey on Earth, Xenothrix was a slow-moving tree-dweller with few teeth and rodent-like leg bones.

40,000-year-old cave art in Borneo may be world’s oldest animal drawing
13th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The new dating suggests that these images are at least 40,000 years old, earning them the title of the earliest figurative cave paintings yet found.

Oldest evidence of dairying on the East Asian Steppe
7th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers have uncovered evidence that dairying arrived in Mongolia as early as 1300 BC through a process of cultural transmission rather than population replacement or migration.

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds
31st October 2018 | | Animal Life, Humans

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists.

“The Liquid Asteroid”–Event Equal to 10 Billion Hiroshima Bombs Made the Rise of Homo Sapiens Possible
29th October 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Space

“All these fossils occur in a layer no more than 10cm thick… It tells us this is a moment in geological time… They died suddenly and were buried quickly.”

Scientists call for ‘mega-mission’ to find ancient life on Mars
29th October 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Space, Tech

Space scientists have told Nasa they want the agency to “dream big” to ensure their new robot rover visits a maximum number of sites to increase chances of uncovering signs of ancient life on Mars.

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