Animal Life news stories

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.


More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse
17th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life
Now mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomic studies support the idea that there was only one species of North American Pleistocene horse, which belongs to a new genus.
Brain chemistry explains humans’ early evolutionary advantage
11th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The planet’s most successful species is also its most socially intelligent and complex. What set us on this course? What jumpstarted mankind’s divergence from primates?

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study
8th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists.

An Ancient Hyena May Have Chomped Down on This Neanderthal’s Face
7th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

About 65,000 years ago, a large carnivore — perhaps a cave hyena — chomped down on the face of a (likely dead) Neanderthal. Then, that carnivore partially digested two of the hominin’s teeth before regurgitating them.

Dinosaurs ‘too successful for their own good’
6th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

UK researchers believe they were already in decline before the killer asteroid hit because they had occupied every habitat on Earth.

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs
5th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth’s surface suddenly became covered in roaring fires at a point some 12,800 years ago.

Crocodile Mummy Genes Confirm an Ancient Egyptian Hypothesis
3rd February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech
Naked Mole Rats Defy Mortality Mathematics
30th January 2018 | Animal Life, Weird

When the world is an ashen wasteland, there’s a good chance naked mole rats will still be around to keep the cockroaches company.

Egyptian sauropod reveals ancient link between Africa, Europe
30th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists have found a new dinosaur species in Egypt, a discovery that promises new insights into Late Cretaceous dinosaur evolution in Africa.

Frozen in time: Glacial archaeology on the roof of Norway
24th January 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What could have caused the chronological patterning of artifacts – human activity and/or past climate change? These questions are the focus of a new study published today.

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship
18th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey
10th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

This is not news to Aboriginal groups, who have reported about Firehawks in oral traditions for millennia.

The people of the whale
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The Inupiat are an indigenous community from North Slope Alaska, whose lifestyle and culture is dependent on subsistence harvest of marine mammals. The Inupiat have a rich spiritual life that centres around the gift of the whale to the community.

130 million-year-old nest of perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs discovered in China
31st December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The eggs were found by workers who were excavating the ground for the construction of a school in Jiangxi province.

Plants Are Better at Complex Decision-Making Than We Ever Realised
28th December 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth

We know that plants can learn, and make decisions, and we now have a new level of insight into the decision-making process plants go through when put under pressure.

News stories covering Animal Science, bacterial life, DNA.