Animal Life news stories

Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought
27th December 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution.

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling
26th December 2018 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Humans

Japan will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern ocean.

Shark tooth embedded in neck of flying reptile reveals ancient airborne conflict
21st December 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

‘We now know sharks were hunting flying animals as long ago as 80 million years’

‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England
17th December 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints—made by at least seven different species—have been uncovered in East Sussex.

How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction
15th December 2018 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Humans

The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes.

Scientists Think an Exploding Star Helped Kill Off the Megalodon
15th December 2018 motherboard.vice.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

An Astrobiology study proposes that an ancient supernova could have exposed Megalodon and other large ocean animals to deadly muon radiation.

Cave diver finds prehistoric bones in ‘new room’ of underwater cave network
15th December 2018 | abc.net.au | Ancient, Animal Life

A cave diver has uncovered a globally significant collection of ancient bones from Australia’s prehistoric period in the dark depths of South Australia’s underwater caves.

DNA find: Tiny wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos
12th December 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

Australia’s pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which roamed the continent for millions of years, but died out about 40,000 years ago.

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
10th December 2018 canoe.com | 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 | forbes.com | 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 phys.org | 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 phys.org | 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 | sciencealert.com | 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 theconversation.com | 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 | eurekalert.org | 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 theconversation.com | 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.

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