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Animal Life news stories

Bird family tree shaken by discovery of feathered fossil
27th June 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

The fact the remains were unearthed in North America shows the distribution of different birds around the globe would have been very different in the past.

Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here’s the Science.
24th June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Weird

“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world.”

Ancient Royal Tomb Yields Strange New Ape Species
22nd June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

This discovery provides strong evidence of early human exploitation of creatures, helping scientists understand the extent of our influence on past primate extinctions.

Long-Lost Panda Relative Revealed by 22,000-Year-Old Fossil
19th June 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The weathered remains from a cave in China contain the world’s oldest sample of panda DNA.

How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories
17th June 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.

Ancient mammal ancestor found and identified in China
15th June 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

The well-preserved (and nearly complete) skeleton was unearthed in Yixian County, has been dated to approximately 126 million years ago, and has been identified as eutherian.

Earliest Rainforest Frogs Preserved in Amber
14th June 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers just found four frogs preserved in amber at nearly 100 million years old suggesting frogs have been hanging out in the rainforest much longer than previously shown.

Victory for Native Americans on salmon fishing
14th June 2018 | ntnews.com.au | Animal Life, Humans

The court tied 4-4 in a case pitting Washington state against the northwestern state’s 21 Native American tribes.

One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction
13th June 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life

The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research.

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between How Animals And Humans Talk to Each Other
8th June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans

According to a comprehensive new study, many species take turns in their conversations, just like we do.

Deadly behavior-modifying weapon identified in insect-world chemical arms race
7th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

New research joins the dots between zombie ants, an insect-world arms race and the search for new antibiotics.

Big data little help in megafauna mysteries
7th June 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Too many meta-analyses of extinctions of giant kangaroos or huge sloths use data that are poor or poorly understood, warn Gilbert J. Price and colleagues.

In male dolphin alliances, ‘everybody knows your name’
7th June 2018 phys.org | Animal Life

Male dolphins often form long-lasting alliances with other males, sometimes for decades. Now it seems that they retain individual vocal labels rather than sharing a common call with their cooperative partners.

Researchers report the earliest fossil footprints
6th June 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Fossil footprints for animal appendages in the Ediacaran Period (about 635-541 million years ago) have been discovered in China. This is considered the earliest animal fossil footprint record.

Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap
5th June 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Aboriginal healing practices involve mindfulness and attention to relationships with all living things, as well as seeking the advice and treatments of traditional healers.

Ancient poo reveals extinct dogs crunched big bones
3rd June 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Fossil poo shows that dogs with a ferocious bite roamed North America 5 million years ago, crushing the skeletons of their prey in massive, muscular jaws.

News stories covering Animal Science, bacterial life, DNA.