Animal Life news stories

The orca uprising: whales are ramming boats – but are they inspired by revenge, grief or memory?
12th July 2023 | | Animal Life, Humans

A pod in the strait of Gibraltar has sunk three boats and damaged dozens of others, and their story has captivated the world. What explains this unprecedented behaviour?

Women Hunt in Most Foraging Societies, Using Their Own Tools And Strategies
29th June 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Hunter-gatherer roles in human society are not nearly as gendered as anthropologists and archaeologists have traditionally believed, with narratives of ‘man the hunter’ and ‘woman the gatherer’ crumbling in the face of new evidence. The study was published in PLOS ONE.

Bottlenose dolphin moms use baby talk with their calves
27th June 2023 | | Animal Life, Humans

Bottlenose dolphin moms modify their individually distinctive whistles when their babies are nearby, researchers report June 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This “parentese” might enhance attention, bonding and vocal learning in calves, as it seems to do in humans.

Fossil-rich site in China offers new insights into early mammal evolution in the Jurassic
21st June 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers studying the sites have determined that the Yanliao Biota date back to between 164 million and 157 million years ago. Their results are published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

New Study shows Early Native Americans in Alaska were freshwater fishermen 13,000 years ago
16th June 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers has discovered the earliest known evidence that Native Americans living in present-day central Alaska may have begun freshwater fishing around 13,000 years ago during the last ice age. See the study here.

3.2 million-year-old human ancestor ‘Lucy’ had massive leg muscles to stand up straight and climb trees
15th June 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Our 3.2 million-year-old ancestor “Lucy” could stand and walk upright just like modern humans do, new 3D muscle modeling reveals. The study was published Wednesday (June 14) in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Study: Paleo-Americans hunted mastodons, mammoths and other megafauna in eastern North America 13,000 years ago
15th June 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Just how implicated should humans be in the extinction of these ice-age animals? In a new study, forensic techniques more commonly used to identify blood on objects at crime scenes are used to investigate this question. Our study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Researchers discover 12,000-year-old flutes made from bird bones
10th June 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A team of researchers, including a Virginia Commonwealth University professor, has discovered rare prehistoric instruments made from the bones of birds dating back more than 12,000 years, according to findings published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports

Scientists say world’s oldest-known burial site found in S Africa
10th June 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Palaeontologists in South Africa said they have found the oldest-known burial site in the world, containing remains of a small-brained distant relative of humans previously thought incapable of complex behaviour.

Octopuses Can Rewire Their ‘Brains’ by Editing Their Own RNA on The Fly
10th June 2023 | | Animal Life, Earth

Octopuses have found an incredible way to protect the more delicate features of their nervous system against radically changing temperatures.

Stars could be invisible within 20 years as light pollution brightens night skies
30th May 2023 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The increased use of light-emitting diodes is obscuring our view of the Milky Way as well as taking a toll on human and wildlife health.

More than 5,000 new species found in ‘pristine’ deep-sea wilderness. But they could soon be wiped out.
25th May 2023 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Weird

More than 5,000 undescribed animal species have been discovered in the depths of a massive “pristine wilderness” in the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows. But researchers warn they could soon be wiped out by deep-sea mining.


Saddle unearthed in China may be oldest ever found
25th May 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

An international team of archaeologists has found what may be the earliest known saddle at a dig site in China. In their paper published in the journal Archaeological Research in Asia, the group describes where the ancient saddle was found, its condition and how it was made.

The Sonoran Desert toad can alter your mind — it’s not the only animal
15th May 2023 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

We at Science News heard the PSA loud and clear: Just leave this toad alone. But we couldn’t help but wonder: What other amazing animals may have psychedelic potential? Join us on a tour, by land and sea, of some of the world’s mind-altering fauna.

Rhino-like ‘thunder beasts’ grew massive in the evolutionary blink of an eye after dinos died off
12th May 2023 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Rhino-like horse relatives that had lived in the shadow of the dinosaurs became gigantic “thunder beasts” as suddenly as an evolutionary lightning strike,  new research published Thursday (May 11) in the journal Science shows.

Researchers discover largest ‘raptor’ dinosaurs lived millions of years earlier than we knew
5th May 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A geological study of the rock formation that encased a fossilized example of the world’s biggest “raptor” shows it’s 10 million years older than previously understood.

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