Animal Life news stories

Aboriginal People Held a Kangaroo Feast Around a Campfire 20,000 Years Ago
30th May 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The cave contained ancient tools, kangaroo bone and the remnants of the campfire, which has nearly 8 inches of fine, white ash and pieces of charcoal in it that researchers plan to radiocarbon-date.

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution
28th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Was there some catastrophic event 200,000 years ago that nearly wiped the slate clean?

Muscles Thought to Be Exclusively Human Have Just Been Found in Apes
25th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

It’s thought that humans have evolved certain muscles unique to us. Now those muscles have been found in other apes, our core perceptions about human evolution are challenged.

Modern birds evolved from ground-dwelling ancestor, after asteroid hit
25th May 2018 news.yale.edu | Ancient, Animal Life

A new study says all modern birds evolved from the same ground-dwelling, common ancestor, after an asteroid slammed into Earth millions of years ago and devastated the planet’s forests.

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered rapid global warming across Earth
25th May 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The asteroid that smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, also drove a persistent bout of lethal global warming.

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study
23rd May 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.

DID LIFE ON EARTH COME FROM SPACE?
21st May 2018 newsspaceflight.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

In recent research conducted by the scientists and as per the latest news published in a news article it has been claimed that octopuses and the likely cephalopods may have their origin on some different planet other than Earth.

Fossil record reveals changes in Earth’s movement and rotation
16th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers have found evidence that regular changes in the Earth’s orbit and axis of rotation caused significant changes in both the evolution and extinction rates of an extinct type of plankton.

Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands
16th May 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

When animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. A family of worm-eating mice from a tiny island in the Philippines have set a new lower limit for island size and evolution.

Dinosaur parenting: How the ‘chickens from hell’ nested
16th May 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists believe the largest of these dinosaurs arranged their eggs around a central gap in the nest. This bore the parent’s weight, while allowing them to potentially provide body heat or protection to their developing young, without crushing the delicate eggs.

Memory transferred between snails, challenging standard theory of how the brain remembers
15th May 2018 | statnews.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

UCLA neuroscientists have reported that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA.

Could resurrecting mammoths help stop Arctic emissions?
15th May 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

Pleistocene Park is an epic experiment in the Siberian Arctic that has been underway since 1996. It is this park to which the Harvard team hope to deliver the first resurrected mammoth hybrid within the next decade.

‘Feel good’ factor not CO2 boosts global forest expansion
15th May 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The authors refute the idea that increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are the key cause of the spread of trees. As countries become better off, farmers focus on good quality soils and abandon marginal lands, the authors say.

These Asian hunter-gatherers may have been the first people to domesticate horses
11th May 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A new study of ancient DNA suggests that the Botai domesticated the horse first.

You probably don’t appreciate dinosaurs nearly enough
9th May 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs offers a convincing case as to why grownups should have more respect for the bird-like giants who stomped about prehistoric Earth.

Feeling the beat through the elephants feet
8th May 2018 | ox.ac.uk | Animal Life, Tech

A new Oxford University collaboration with Save The Elephants has shown that elephant behaviour can be determined in a new way: through the vibrations they create.

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