Animal Life news stories

Wiggly’ fossils found in Canada may be oldest known sign of animal life
30th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Intricate patterns of tubular structures discovered in giant ancient reefs may be the remnants of prehistoric horny sponges and the oldest known fossils of animal life on Earth.

Incredible Fossil Discovery Shows Ancient Animal Brain From 310 Million Years Ago
30th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Charles Darwin famously discussed the “imperfections” of the geological record in his book On The Origin of Species. He correctly pointed out that unless conditions are just right, it’s unlikely for organisms to be preserved as fossils, even those with bones and shells.

‘Eye of Sauron’ volcano and other deep-sea structures discovered in underwater ‘Mordor’
26th July 2021 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Researchers exploring the Indian Ocean have discovered the remains of a collapsed underwater volcano with an uncanny resemblance to the all-seeing “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings,” as well as two other seafloor structures named after places in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky
21st July 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Around 74,000 years ago, a “supereruption” on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, blasted out an estimated 5,000 cubic kilometres of magma.

Oldest ever methane-cycling microfossils discovered
21st July 2021 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of 3.4-billion-year-old methane-cycling microbes that lived in a hydrothermal system beneath the ancient seafloor – the oldest microfossils of this type found to date.

‘Jurassic Pompeii’ yields thousands of ‘squiggly wiggly’ fossils
21st July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Palaeontologist Tim Ewin is standing in a quarry, recalling the calamity that’s written in the rocks under his mud-caked boots.

Dogs Innately Understand Humans in Ways That Wolves Can’t, Experiment Shows
16th July 2021 | | Animal Life, Humans

Dogs are born with an innate ability to read human gestures that is not apparent in their closest relative, wolves.

Why local legends about birds matter
15th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The stories of enigmatic birds told in indigenous folklore aren’t just fascinating tales, they may be a way to preserve languages and cultures at risk of extinction.

Sharing the menu: sharks take shifts
13th July 2021 | Animal Life

Large coastal sharks engage in ‘shift work’ to share their resources, according to a new study from Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute.

Technology boosts efforts to curb tree loss in Amazon
13th July 2021 | | Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Technology can help indigenous communities to significantly curb deforestation, according to a new study. Indigenous people living in the Peruvian Amazon were equipped by conservation groups with satellite data and smartphones.

DNA from dirt can offer new view of ancient life
13th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

For almost 2 decades, genomes isolated from fossils have galvanized the study of human evolution. Yet despite vast improvements in retrieving and analyzing that DNA, researchers have deciphered whole genomes from just 23 archaic humans, 18 of them Neanderthals. This week, however…

Changes in Earth’s orbit enabled the emergence of complex life
12th July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that changes in Earth’s orbit may have allowed complex life to emerge and thrive during the most hostile climate episode the planet has ever experienced.

Study challenges claim early human hunters killed off prehistoric elephants
3rd July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A new study suggests that prehistoric elephants like the mastodon and woolly mammoth were wiped out by waves of extreme global environmental change, rather than being hunted to extinction by early humans.

The dinosaurs were likely doomed before the asteroid struck
3rd July 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Dinosaurs were facing a crisis even before the asteroid hit, with extinctions outpacing the emergence of new species — a situation that made them “particularly prone to extinction,” a new study suggests.

Giant rhino fossils in China show new species was ‘taller than giraffe’
22nd June 2021 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A new species of the ancient giant rhino – among the largest mammals to walk on land – has been discovered in north-western China, researchers say.

Will humans ever learn to speak whale?
14th June 2021 | | Animal Life, Humans

Sperm whales are among the loudest living animals on the planet, producing creaking, knocking and staccato clicking sounds to communicate with other whales that are a few feet to even a few hundred miles away.

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