Animal Life news stories

New computer analysis hints volcanism killed the dinosaurs, not an asteroid
2nd October 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

For decades, scientists have vigorously debated whether an asteroid strike or massive volcanic eruptions ended the reign of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago…Now, researchers have devised a new way to identify the true dino killer: Let computers take a crack at it. See the study here.

Mysterious and ‘beautifully carved’ life-size camel carvings discovered in Saudi Arabian desert
2nd October 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Life-size carvings of camels have been found in the Saudi Arabian desert, but archaeologists aren’t sure who created them and when….Radiocarbon dating of two trenches and two hearths nearby indicate that the Sahout site was repeatedly occupied between the Pleistocene (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago) and the Middle Holocene (7,000 to 5,000 years ago), according to the study.

Hippos in The Desert: Study Reveals Why And When The Sahara Desert Turned Green
25th September 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Our planet has changed a lot over billions of years, from the location of the continents to the makeup of the atmosphere, and a new study looks in detail at the history of the Sahara desert – which wasn’t always an arid wilderness.

Tiny sea creatures reveal the ancient origins of neurons
20th September 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A study in the journal Cell sheds new light on the evolution of neurons, focusing on the placozoans, a millimetre-sized marine animal. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona find evidence that specialized secretory cells found in these unique and ancient creatures may have given rise to neurons in more complex animals.

Vocal learning linked to problem solving skills and brain size
18th September 2023 | | Animal Life, Misc.

The European starling boasts a remarkable repertoire. Versatile songbirds that learn warbles, whistles, calls, and songs throughout their lives, starlings rank among the most advanced avian vocal learners. Now a new study published in Science finds that starlings, along with other complex vocal learners, are also superior problem solvers.

Archaeologists reveal largest paleolithic cave art site in Eastern Iberia
12th September 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

More than 100 ancient paintings and engravings, thought to be at least 24,000 years old, have been found in a 500-meter-long cave in “Cova Dones” or “Cueva Dones”—a site located in Millares near Valencia in Spain. See the research here.

Scientists Discover ‘Pure Math’ Is Written Into Evolutionary Genetics
5th September 2023 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A team of researchers has just uncovered another striking connection between math and nature: between one of the purest forms of mathematics, number theory, and the mechanisms governing the evolution of life on molecular scales, genetics. See the study here.

Missing topographical elements of Paleolithic rock art revealed by stereoscopic imaging
28th August 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Research led by Complutense University, Madrid, has discovered an array of ancient cave paintings hidden among previously described cave art. In a paper, “Animals hidden in plain sight: stereoscopic recording of Paleolithic rock art at La Pasiega cave, Cantabria,” published in Antiquity, the team fills in details missing from previous photographic images.

New ancient ape from Türkiye challenges the story of human origins
24th August 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A new fossil ape from an 8.7-million-year-old site in Türkiye is challenging long-accepted ideas of human origins and adding weight to the theory that the ancestors of African apes and humans evolved in Europe before migrating to Africa between nine and seven million years ago. See the study here.

An Ancient Fire Wiped Out Entire Species. It’s Happening Again, Scientists Fear
20th August 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

In a new study, published in August 2023, we sought to understand changes that were happening in California during the last major extinction event at the end of the Pleistocene, a time period known as the Ice Age.

Missing ‘body’ of ice age animal carving finally found — but nobody knows what the animal is
8th August 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeologists in Germany have discovered the missing piece of an ice age carving deep in a cave. But the new addition of the ivory carving, originally thought to depict a horse, has actually complicated matters: Now, researchers aren’t sure if it portrays a cave lion or a cave bear.

Man finds 8,000-year-old dolphin bones in back garden
4th August 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The bottlenose dolphin is thought to have washed up on an ancient shoreline after the last Ice Age. Archaeologists have described the prehistoric discovery in Causewayhead, Stirling, as “the find of a lifetime”.

Oldest species of swimming jellyfish discovered in 505m-year-old fossils
4th August 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The new species, which has been named Burgessomedusa phasmiformis,resembles a large, swimming jellyfish with a saucer or bell-shaped body up to 20cm high. Its roughly 90 short tentacles would have allowed it to capture sizeable prey.

Scientists Discover The Genetic Switch to Induce ‘Virgin Births’ in Fruit Flies
31st July 2023 | | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

Scientists said on Friday they have genetically engineered female fruit flies that can have offspring without needing a male, marking the first time ‘virgin birth” has been induced in an animal. See the study here.

‘Not always king’: fossil shows mammal sinking teeth into dinosaur
19th July 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Experts revealed the 125m-year-old fossil that froze in time after being taken on by a small mammal a third of its size. They are tangled together, the mammal’s teeth sunk into the beaked dinosaur’s ribs, its left paw clasping the beast’s lower jaw. See research here.

Giant sloth pendants indicate humans settled Americas earlier than thought
13th July 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

New research suggests humans lived in South America at the same time as now extinct giant sloths, bolstering evidence that people arrived in the Americas earlier than once thought.

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