Animal Life news stories

New Caledonian crows can create compound tools
24th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Animal Life

The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid.

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament
24th October 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.

Insects Are Rapidly Disappearing Around The World, Leaving Scientists Horrified
19th October 2018 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations.

Clues from a Somalian cavefish about modern mammals’ dark past
12th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

After millions of years living in darkness, a species of blind cavefish has lost an ancient system of DNA repair.

Bees Go Silent during Total Solar Eclipses, New Research Shows
11th October 2018 | sci-news.com | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

The results were clear and consistent at locations across North America: bees stopped flying during the period of total solar eclipse.

Oldest Hominid Bones Found In Poland Belonged To Neanderthal Child Whose Fingers Were Chewed By Giant Bird
8th October 2018 | inquisitr.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The discovery of the 115,000 year old Neanderthal was made at the Jaskinia Ciemna cave in southern Poland.

The Problem with Ice Age Overkill
8th October 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The question of what happened to our Ice Age megafauna does not fall under the purview of a single discipline. It’s a mystery at the intersection of various sciences.

Africa’s three biggest elephant poaching cartels exposed using DNA from illegal ivory shipments
24th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

Evidence from genetic analysis of tusks in major shipments will help link individual criminals to wider networks and bring them to justice.

Ancient Pets Got Proper Burials
19th September 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient pet burials dating as far back as 14,000 years, from the dawn of animal domestication. Interred animals occur in at least some cultures and time periods on every continent except Antarctica.

Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread
17th September 2018 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Cheese may have helped fuel the spread of agriculture across Europe.

Spectacular ice age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada
17th September 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life

It is extremely rare for fur, skin and muscle tissues to be preserved in the fossil record, but all three are present on these specimens, which have been radiocarbon-dated to more than 50,000 years old.

Reviving Japan’s Ancient Ama Fisherwomen Culture
14th September 2018 robbreport.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ohno is part of an elite group of women known as ama uminchu, who for thousands of years have hunted for seafood and pearls in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

North American Indigenous Peoples Used Turtle Shells as Symbolic Musical Instruments
14th September 2018 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

According to a new study, turtles served as more than tasty treats for Native American tribes throughout North America; in fact, turtle shells were used as rattles and other musical instruments.

New find clears Madagascar’s first settlers of wiping out world’s largest bird
14th September 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers report that ancient butchered bones show people made their home on the lush island of Madagascar 10,500 years ago, an astonishing 8 millennia earlier than once thought.

Hints of 7,200-Year-Old Cheese Create a Scientific Stink
9th September 2018 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Traces of fats on pottery from Croatia may be the region’s oldest known cheese, but the controversial claim has some experts holding their noses.

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools
9th September 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Carnivores and bush pigs appear not to have been selected for tool manufacture despite their remains being found in archaeological sites. Their apparent avoidance may have to do with cultural taboos.

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