Animal Life news stories

‘Lost City’ Hidden in Rainforest Reveals Treasure Trove of Rare And Unknown Creatures
28th June 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Doubts have swirled around disputed archaeological ‘discoveries’ of this La Ciudad Blanca, but one fact is finally clear: this rich environment, mythical or not, harbours a unique ecosystem of animal life.

‘We’re coming to liberate her’: The fight to free killer whale held captive for 50 years
24th June 2019 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

One of seven orcas captured using nets and explosives then sold to aquariums, Lolita lives out her days being forced to perform tricks twice a day for visitors.

A Mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines Has Been Unraveled by Ornithology
21st June 2019 | inverse.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A crucial realization was that the birds in the geoglyphs are not naturally found near the locations of the lines. Hermits, for example, live on the eastern slope of the Andes and in the north near Ecuador.

DNA confirms a weird Greenland whale was a narwhal-beluga hybrid
21st June 2019 | sciencenews.org | Animal Life

Genetic analysis of the animal’s skull shows it had a narwhal mom and beluga dad.

Bone-Crushing Hyenas Lived in Canada’s Arctic During the Last Ice Age
20th June 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The big finding — that ancient hyenas lived in the North American Arctic — is based on two tiny teeth, which archaeologists found in Canada’s northern Yukon Territory.

Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth
11th June 2019 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What would happen if the hands of time were turned back to an arbitrary point in our evolutionary history and we restarted the clock?

Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of ‘bizarre’ sloths
11th June 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The studies suggest a land bridge connected the West Indies with South America 30 million years ago, allowing the slow-moving animals to reach the islands.

Whale intelligence continues to amaze and dumbfound scientists
5th June 2019 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

New studies show that humans are not the only intelligent organisms living on Earth, but we are still a long way from fully understanding how smart whales and dolphins really are.

In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography
4th June 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents.

Chimpanzees filmed eating tortoises after smashing their shells against a tree trunk
29th May 2019 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life

“Storing food and later on retrieving it is an indication that the animals are able to plan into the future,” said Tobias Deschner,  primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Tortoises rule on this isolated island
23rd May 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life, Earth

A photographer discovers a primordial paradise where he’s just part of the ecosystem.

We’re killing off our planet, and our enlightenment may come too late
9th May 2019 | washingtonpost.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

There are roughly 8 million plant and animal species in the world. One of them — homo sapiens — may soon wipe out a million of the rest. And we’re just getting started.

Bones of Giant Ice Age Bear And Ancient Humans Discovered in Underwater Mexican Cave
3rd May 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

An ancient graveyard buried at the bottom of an underwater cave in Mexico, has turned up the skull animals and a couple of humans more than 12,000-years-old.

Genes from an extinct “ghost ape” live on in modern bonobos
1st May 2019 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The fossil record for our closest relatives is poor, but genetic data could help.

Climate, grasses and teeth—the evolution of South America mammals
1st May 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Grass-eating mammals, including armadillos as big as Volkswagens, became more diverse in South America about 6 million years ago because shifts in atmospheric circulation drove changes in climate and vegetation.

Neanderthals may have trapped golden eagles 130,000 years ago
29th April 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Although rock dove and raven remains were the most numerous birds, the remains of golden eagles were also present at 26 sites.

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