Animal Life news stories

Ancient Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Oblivion in the Mediterranean
12th July 2018 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Romans hunted gray and right whales to extinction in local waters, archaeologists postulate after studying mysterious bones in ancient Roman fish-salting factories in Gibraltar.

Scientists in Argentina discover ‘first giant’ dinosaur, pushing evolution of gigantism back 30 million years
10th July 2018 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

The find, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, has prompted paleontologists to rethink the evolution of dinosaurs.

Monsanto ‘bullied scientists’ and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court
10th July 2018 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

As ill California man’s landmark case begins, attorney attacks Roundup maker’s response to researchers’ findings.

Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
9th July 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Far from just being the product of our parents, widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today’s mammals, and been an important driver of evolution.

New wasp species with a giant stinger discovered in Amazonia
6th July 2018 phys.org | Animal Life

The new insect, which is found in the extremely diverse transitional zone between the Andes and the Amazonian lowland rainforest, uses its stinger both for laying eggs and injecting venom.

56-million-year-old fossils complicate long-held theories about mammalian body size
6th July 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

The discovery of a new species of mammal in Alberta’s fossil record has shaken up some long-held beliefs about other species in its lineage.

Contagious cancer could have wiped out America’s first dogs
5th July 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ancient-genome study finds that indigenous dogs in North and South America split from other domestic canines around 15,000 years ago.

Animals accorded same rights as humans in Indian state
5th July 2018 | telegraph.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

In a landmark ruling, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday accorded the status of “legal person or entity” to animals in the northern state.

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions
3rd July 2018 | techtimes.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The Hera spacecraft mission, proposed by the European Space Agency, is heading to a binary asteroid to support NASA’s planetary defense plan against potential asteroid collision.

Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Myth
3rd July 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The skeletons of deer killed 120,000 years ago offer more evidence of cooperative behavior and risk-taking among our hominin relatives.

Village dog DNA reveals genetic changes caused by domestication
3rd July 2018 blogs.biomedcentral.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Free-ranging village dogs serve as rich genetic resources, giving scientists a glimpse at the full range of genetic diversity and what it really means to be a dog.

Researchers identify two new ancient mammals in Bolivia dig
3rd July 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

The animals, which look similar to small moose or deer in a paleoartist’s rendering, are being dubbed Theosodon arozquetai and Llullataruca shockeyi, ungulates native only to Bolivia.

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.

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