Animal Life news stories
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 will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern ocean.
More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints—made by at least seven different species—have been uncovered in East Sussex.
An Astrobiology study proposes that an ancient supernova could have exposed Megalodon and other large ocean animals to deadly muon radiation.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Teilhardina brandti is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that Teilhardina first appeared in China.
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.
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.
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.
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.