Animal Life news stories

Two Traps Where Woolly Mammoths Were Driven to Their Death Found in Mexico
9th November 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers announced the discovery this week, saying that it lends “unprecedented context” to experts’ understanding of how ancient humans hunted woolly mammoths.

How This Decade of Archaeology Changed What We Know About Human Origins
8th November 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

With the discovery of each new skull fragment, femur, and stone tool, archaeologists are methodically piecing together the fractured history of our species and other hominins closely related to us.

Ancient ape offers clues to evolution of two-legged walking
7th November 2019 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists say they have found the remains of a previously unknown ancient ape that could stand upright almost 12 million years ago.

Richard Cerutti, whose mastodon discovery shook up the archaeology world, dies
7th November 2019 | latimes.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Cerutti knew from an early age that he wanted to be an explorer of the past. What began as a curiosity became an obsession that lead to the most contentious discoveries in North American archaeology.

Did an Extraterrestrial Impact Trigger the Extinction of Ice-Age Animals?
30th October 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Archaeologist Christopher Moore and 16 colleagues present further evidence of a cosmic impact based on research done at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina.

Remarkable Fossils Capture Mammals’ Recovery After the Dino-Killing Asteroid
28th October 2019 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Survivors grew from the size of a rat to that of a wolf within 700,000 years of the impact.

Canadians Were Better at Clamming 3,500 Years Ago
23rd October 2019 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

New research has found that indigenous clam gardens are more productive than current practices.

We Need to Understand the Culture of Whales So We Can Save Them
21st October 2019 theconversation.com | Animal Life, Humans

As evidence of the existence of culture in animal groups emerges, humans need to rethink what it means to have culture. We must accept that what we have long considered our own might be shared.

Huge New ‘Shark Toothed’ Dinosaur Found
10th October 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Dating back more than 113 million years, the fossils belong to “one of the most important Thai dinosaurs ever found,” paleontologists say.

Microscopic Evidence Sheds Light on the Disappearance of the World’s Largest Mammals
4th October 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

New, state-of-the-art methods provide detailed insights into the timing and causes of ‘megafauna’ extinctions in the past.

New Research Turns Tasmanian Aboriginal History on its Head. The Results Will Help Care for the Land
4th October 2019 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The way Tasmanian Aboriginal people hunted, gathered and used fire influenced today’s plant and animal communities. This has big implications for conservation today.

The Quiet Disappearance of Birds in North America
21st September 2019 | theatlantic.com | Animal Life

Though the continent has 3 billion fewer birds than it did in 1970, those losses are hard to glean because it’s the commonest species that have been hit hardest.

Dainty 500,000-Year-Old Blades Show Man Used Finesse to Chow Down on Elephants
21st September 2019 | timesofisrael.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Tel Aviv University team shows early man intentionally upcycled flint byproducts of stone knapping to efficiently butcher elephants and suck the marrow out of life.

Asteroid that Killed the Dinosaurs Was as Strong as 10 Billion Atomic Bombs
15th September 2019 bgr.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Close examination of the rock layers revealed that the crater was already packed with debris within the first 24 hours, with an estimated 425 feet of material filling the gaping hole within that first day.

Scientists Extract Oldest Ever Genetic Information from 1.7 Million-Year-Old Rhino Tooth
12th September 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have extracted the oldest genetic information ever found, using a technique that could revolutionise our understanding of evolution.

Oldest Parasite DNA Yet Recorded Found in Prehistoric Puma Poo
29th August 2019 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Coprolite reveals felines in southern Andes had roundworm 17,000 years ago, long before humans got there.

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