Animal Life news stories

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today
24th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Studies show that traditional uses of the landscape should be valued highly, and that Amazonian communities can support themselves without extensive deforestation.

Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’
21st April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

A hole in the skull of a Stone Age cow was likely made by humans about 5,000 years ago, probably by a veterinarian or trainee surgeon.

Going, going, gone. Soon the largest creature on Earth will be a cow
20th April 2018 | Animal Life, Humans

Modelling finds that in a human world, big animals run the greatest risk of extinction.

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
20th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Humans may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size — by way of extinction — at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Dogs lived and died with humans 10,000 years ago in the Americas
17th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest known domesticated canines in the Americas.

Mass extinction crisis triggered expansion of dinosaurs
16th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists show that the key expansion of dinosaurs was also triggered by a crisis – a mass extinction that happened 232 million years ago.

A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted
16th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers.

Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century
14th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The decision could provide more legal ammunition for those supporting recent tribal movements in support of Bears Ears or to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
10th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

A new elephant has been added to the mix: the palaeoloxodan antiquus, which roamed Europe and western Asia about 400,000 years ago, has been extinct for 120,000 years.

Strange Eye Proteins Allow Birds to Actually See Earth’s Magnetic Field
7th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth

A protein found in birds’ eyes that’s linked to circadian rhythms called cryptochrome lets birds see the earth’s magnetic field as another layer of their vision, an ability called magnetoreception.

Still believe an asteroid killed the dinosaurs? Think again—new theory suggests
4th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Toxic plants combined with dinosaurs’ inability to associate the taste of certain foods with danger may have already caused their numbers to drastically decrease when the asteroid hit.


Bowhead whales, the ‘jazz musicians’ of the Arctic, sing many different songs
4th April 2018 | Animal Life

A University of Washington study has published the largest set of recordings for bowhead whales, to discover that these marine mammals have a surprisingly diverse, constantly shifting vocal repertoire.

Hint of ancient mammoth skeleton fuels mystery: Is it real? And where is it?
3rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A former Navy diver who sells fossils on the internet said he isn’t talking until the state gives him a binding legal document that provides him rights to half the value of the mammoth bones.

Warragamba dam wall plan ‘would flood 50 Aboriginal heritage sites’
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Green groups join traditional owners to oppose plan which they say would also wipe out pockets of threatened plants.

Extent of cross-breeding between wild wolves and domestic dogs across Europe and Asia
21st March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

The results suggest that wolf-dog hybridisation has been geographically widespread in Europe and Asia, has been occurring for centuries, yet is seen less frequently in wild wolf populations of North America.

A star disturbed the comets of the solar system in prehistory
20th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

About 70,000 years ago, when the human species was already on Earth, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids.

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