Animal Life news stories

Not just T. rex: Why do giant dinosaurs have tiny arms?
13th July 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life

Predatory dinosaurs with big skulls tend to have tiny arms. Researchers propose there might be a direct link between those traits.

Who Are We and What Does It Mean to Be Human Anymore?
13th July 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Neanderthals and Denisovans in our genes, sentient mollusks, and speaking cats and bats. We are not what we thought we were. Nor were other human species, we have been discovering over the last 20 years.

Great auks and seal-headed men: a window into ice age Provence
3rd July 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The Cosquer cave near Marseille astonished the diver who discovered it with its ancient depictions of sea and land animals. Now it has been painstakingly recreated in the French port for all to enjoy

Explosion of life on Earth linked to heavy metal act at planet’s centre
3rd July 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Formation of solid iron core 550m years ago restored magnetic field and protected surface.

Rise of the dinosaurs traced back to their adaptation to cold
2nd July 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Fossil hunters have traced the rise of the dinosaurs back to the freezing winters the beasts endured while roaming around the far north

Ancient kangaroo species from Papua New Guinea jumps into view
30th June 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life

The extinct animal is not as closely related to Australian roos as once thought.

Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed
30th June 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ancient DNA, including that of wolves preserved in permafrost for tens of thousands of years, is shedding some light on how wild wolves became some of our best non-human friends.

Do we need a new theory of evolution?
29th June 2022 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory needs an urgent overhaul. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careerists – and the conflict may determine the future of biology.

World’s oldest trees reveal the largest solar storm in history
29th June 2022 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space
While humanity reckons with many problems here on Earth — war, political turmoil, an ongoing pandemic, all alongside the energy, climate, and water crises — it’s important to remember just how relentless the Universe can be.
Ancient microbes may help us find extraterrestrial life forms
29th June 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Using light-capturing proteins in living microbes, scientists have reconstructed what life was like for some of Earth’s earliest organisms. These efforts could help us recognize signs of life on other planets, whose atmospheres may more closely resemble our pre-oxygen planet.

How many ice ages has the Earth had, and could humans live through one?
28th June 2022 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

We know that the Earth has had at least five major ice ages. The first one happened about 2 billion years ago and lasted about 300 million years. The most recent one started about 2.6 million years ago, and in fact, we are still technically in it.

The octopus’ brain and the human brain share the same “jumping genes”
27th June 2022 | | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

A new study has identified an important molecular analogy that could explain the remarkable intelligence of these invertebrates

Gold miner in Canada finds mummified 35,000-year-old woolly mammoth
27th June 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

It was a young miner, digging through the northern Canadian permafrost in the seemingly aptly named Eureka Creek, who sounded the alarm when his front-end loader struck something unexpected in the Klondike gold fields

Life Has Been Found in a Low-Oxygen, Super-Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring
24th June 2022 | | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Fed by waters that pass through 600 meters (1,970 ft) of permafrost, the sub-zero, salty, virtually oxygen-free Lost Hammer Spring in the Canadian Arctic is one of the harshest places on Earth. Even here, however, life finds a way.

Terrawatch: saltier oceans could have prevented Earth from freezing
22nd June 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The Sun shone 20% less brightly on early Earth, and yet fossil evidence shows that our planet had warm shallow seas where stromatolites – microbial mats – thrived.

Life will find a way: could scientists make Jurassic Park a reality?
21st June 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Weird

What Alida Bailleul saw through the microscope made no sense. She was examining thin sections of fossilised skull from a young hadrosaur, a duck-billed, plant-eating beast that roamed what is now Montana 75m years ago, when she spotted features that made her draw a breath.

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