Animal Life news stories

Fossilized seashells show signs of ocean acidification before dinosaur-annihilating asteroid
8th January 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New evidence gleaned from Antarctic seashells confirms that Earth was already unstable before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

New Discovery of 96-Million-Year Old Turtle Species and Hints at Intercontinental Migrations
27th December 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New 96-million-year old turtles from Texas connect North America with Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting vast intercontinental migrations during this time.

Earth’s Atmosphere Had Terrifying Mercury Pollution Even Before The Killer Asteroid
18th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Even before the Chicxulub asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago, dinosaurs and other life forms were dealing with toxic mercury levels, a new study suggests.

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan
16th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists have calculated the lifespans of extinct animals, including ancient humans, from the DNA they left behind.

Did a million years of rain jump-start dinosaur evolution?
10th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An extended bout of warm wet weather 232 million years ago may have profoundly altered life on Earth.

The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Octopuses, MDMA and Healing Social Injury
8th December 2019 | | Animal Life, Humans, Misc.

In this first interview of our series exploring the Neuroscience of Psychedelics, we talk to Johns Hopkins Associate Professor Gul Dölen, who has spent years exploring the effects of MDMA on the mammalian (and more recently, cephalopod) brain.

How did animals survive ‘Snowball Earth’?
8th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A new study examines how early animals endured the worst ice age in Earth’s history, and why it might have set the stage for our existence.

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed
8th December 2019 | | Animal Life, Weird

Plants are usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first time, they have been recorded making airborne sounds when stressed.

Study: Humans and Climate Change Drove Australian Megafauna to Extinction
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ancient Australia’s super-sized animals, the megafauna, became extinct about 42,000 years ago, but the role of humans in their demise has been debated for decades.

Mummified Pup Died in Siberia 18,000 Years Ago … And Might Be a Wolf (or Something Else)
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A young pup that spent 18,000 years buried in Siberian permafrost looks remarkably lifelike and pettable — for a freeze-dried mummy.

Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age
3rd December 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth.

Species in Danger as Humans Hack at Tree of Life
2nd December 2019 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Humankind is now extinguishing animal and plant species so swiftly that evolution cannot keep up, according to new research.

The Bizarre Hypothesis of the Aquatic Ape
26th November 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Throughout history there have been theories that have either driven us forward or become historical oddities. It is all part of our stumbling quest to feel our way through this morass of mysteries….

African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis
25th November 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago.

Orangutan Connected Directly to Extinct Giant Ape
19th November 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between an ancient giant primate and orangutan. This allows the researchers to reconstruct evolutionary processes way beyond the known limits.

UM pair aid research on when humans reached N. America
17th November 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeological evidence points to human arrival in America less than 15,000 years ago but the discovery a prehistoric mastodon is prompting some scientists to push back the time frame by 100,000 years.

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