Animal Life news stories

Analysis of ancient DNA reveals a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that once roamed North America
28th November 2017 | Ancient, Animal Life

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.

Ancient DNA Explains How Chickens Got To The Americas
24th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Chickens were likely first domesticated about 5,400 years ago in Southeast Asia, although archaeological evidence of wild chickens goes back even further, to a 12,000-year-old site in northern China. One of the main research questions, however, remains: how did they get to the Americas?

Headless Skeleton of Enormous Extinct Sea Cow Has Been Unearthed in Siberia
22nd November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The massive bones unearthed on an isolated Bering island belong to an animal that’s been extinct for nearly 250 years – the giant Steller’s sea cow. And the skeleton’s excellent condition has researchers excited to learn more about the long-gone species.

Megafauna mega-find: the extraordinary discoveries at Diamond Valley Lake
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Why haven’t mastodons been found further inland in that part of the country? Clearly, the stories from Diamond Valley Lake have only just begun to emerge.

Blue Planet II: what have we learned so far?
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The documentary’s marvels are not just new to television – many are new to science as well. From hyper-intelligent fish to the origin of life itself, we round up the series’s biggest discoveries.

Life on Earth arrived on super-fast clouds of cosmic dust, study suggests
21st November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

An investigation by the University of Edinburgh discovered that fast-moving streams of interplanetary dust are capable of delivering tiny organisms able to survive in outer space.

This 8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is The Earliest Depiction of Domesticated Dogs
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Prehistoric rock art found in Saudi Arabia shows humans hunting with dogs on leashes – and it looks like those pictures could be at least 8,000 years old, making them the earliest art depicting dogs.

Cave Lion Mummy May Not Be What It Seems
15th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

If the kitten is a lynx, it would be only the second species of its kind from the last ice age to be uncovered in Beringia, a region encompassing parts of Russia, Alaska and Canada, said Olga Potapova, the collections curator and manager at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, who is helping with the logistics of studying the new specimen.

Scientists Have Engineered Beetles With a Fully Functional Third Eye
14th November 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead.

Dinosaurs Might Have Survived the Asteroid, Had It Hit Almost Anywhere Else
12th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

The age of dinosaurs met an unlikely end — because had the cosmic impact that doomed it hit just about anywhere else on the planet, the “terrible lizards” might still roam the Earth, a new study finds.

Fish ‘could be as intelligent as primates’, scientists predict
11th November 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth

Blue Planet II footage shows collaboration between fish and octopus to hunt.

Mammoth blunders: males were just less savvy than their female counterparts
11th November 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth

Scientists believe that male mammoths were more likely to get themselves stuck in places where their corpses would be frozen or fossilised for posterity.

Buried For Up to 50,000 Years, a Perfectly Frozen Cave Lion Cub Was Just Found in Siberia
10th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

With its head resting on its paw, the remains of a cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia could have been sleeping in the permafrost for up to 50,000 years.

Sheep learn to recognise celebrity faces from different angles
8th November 2017 | | Animal Life

Sheep have shown an unexpected capacity to recognise straight mugshots of four celebrities, but then to identify those same megastars in side profiles they’d not seen before.

The Earliest Known Human Ancestor is a What?!
8th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

For those that believe human beings were created in God’s own image, the idea that we have monkeys in our evolutionary history is a little hard to swallow, so it is likely to cause even more upset than scientists have now announced they’ve found the earliest known ancestor, and it’s a rat!

Hear the ‘minimalist’ way baby birds learn songs
7th November 2017 | | Animal Life

Songbirds are minimalists when it comes to learning a new song, research shows. The birds’ learning strategy resembles the methods that computer scientists use for document comparison.

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