Animal Life news stories

Newfound brain structure explains why some birds are so smart—and maybe even self-aware
25th September 2020 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Researchers have found a previously unknown arrangement of microcircuits in the avian brain that may be analogous to the mammalian neocortex. And in a separate study, other researchers have linked this same region to conscious thought.

Ancient wolves that played with humans likely evolved into today’s friendly dogs
25th September 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors sought out wild canines with a frisky streak that lives on in modern dogs—particularly herding and hunting breeds.

Animals’ magnetic ‘sixth’ sense may come from bacteria, new paper suggests
15th September 2020 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A University of Central Florida researcher is co-author of a new paper that may help answer why some animals have a magnetic ‘sixth’ sense, such as sea turtles’ ability to return to the beach where they were born.

Evidence of hibernation-like state in Antarctic animal
27th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Researchers discover Fossil evidence of ‘hibernation-like’ state in tusks of 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal.

Millenary geoglyph destroyed by Amazon farming
27th August 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

For decades, researchers have been uncovering archaeological treasures that disprove any suggestion that complex civilizations did not exist in the Brazilian Amazon before colonialism.

Britain’s oldest artwork may depict mammoths from a drowned land
26th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Britain’s oldest artwork has been unearthed on the Channel Island of Jersey, showing what appear to be Ice Age scenes of mammoths in ancient lands now drowned by the sea.

A pup preserved in permafrost ate one of the last woolly rhinos on Earth
25th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Just before a tiny pup died during the last ice age, it ate a piece of meat from one of Earth’s last woolly rhinos.

Cliff collapse reveals 313-million-year-old fossil footprints in Grand Canyon National Park
24th August 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Paleontological research has confirmed a series of recently discovered fossils tracks are the oldest recorded tracks of their kind to date within Grand Canyon National Park.

What would happen to Earth if humans went extinct?
17th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

Deep within Guatemala’s rainforest sits one of the most famous remnants of the Maya civilization: a roughly 2,000-year-old citadel turned to ruins called Tikal.

New species of dinosaur discovered on Isle of Wight
12th August 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life

A new study by Palaeontologists at the University of Southampton suggests four bones recently found on the Isle of Wight belong to new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and modern-day birds.

99-million-year-old fight between ‘hell ant’ and its prey preserved in amber
11th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers say the only way prey could be captured in this position is for the ant’s mouthparts to move in a direction “unlike that of all living ants”.

Genomic Study Reveals New Zealand’s Tuatara Is Like No Other Animal on The Planet
11th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

In the evolutionary tree of life, the lizard-like tuatara from New Zealand is on a branch all to itself.

55 million-year-old owl with ‘murder feet’ unearthed
4th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life

This newfound species is one of the earliest known owls.

Take a tusk, drill holes, weave a rope – and change the course of history
4th August 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Forty thousand years ago, a stone-age toolmaker carved a curious instrument from mammoth tusk. Twenty centimetres long, the ivory strip has four holes drilled in it, each lined with precisely cut spiral incisions.

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires
4th August 2020 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Official figures from Brazil have shown a big increase in the number of fires in the Amazon region in July compared with the same month last year.

Microbes from millions of years ago
29th July 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Scientists studying sediments from the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand have found bacteria that appear to have survived since the time of the dinosaurs.

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