Animal Life news stories

In male dolphin alliances, ‘everybody knows your name’
7th June 2018 phys.org | Animal Life

Male dolphins often form long-lasting alliances with other males, sometimes for decades. Now it seems that they retain individual vocal labels rather than sharing a common call with their cooperative partners.

Researchers report the earliest fossil footprints
6th June 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Fossil footprints for animal appendages in the Ediacaran Period (about 635-541 million years ago) have been discovered in China. This is considered the earliest animal fossil footprint record.

Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap
5th June 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Aboriginal healing practices involve mindfulness and attention to relationships with all living things, as well as seeking the advice and treatments of traditional healers.

Ancient poo reveals extinct dogs crunched big bones
3rd June 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Fossil poo shows that dogs with a ferocious bite roamed North America 5 million years ago, crushing the skeletons of their prey in massive, muscular jaws.

New map of Alaska’s ancient coast supports theory that America’s first people arrived by boat
31st May 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The coast of southeastern Alaska was largely ice-free and full of plant and animal life 17,000 years ago—a welcoming environment for people venturing south.

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid
31st May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New research suggests that the crater was home to sea life less than a decade after impact, and it contained a thriving ecosystem within 30,000 years.

 

Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
31st May 2018 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Is it possible to bring these long gone reptiles back from the dead and, if we could, would we really want to?

Ants provide clues to why biodiversity is higher in the tropics
30th May 2018 phys.org | Animal Life

The paper suggests that tropical areas have had a much longer time to accumulate the diversity we see today. Given enough time, we could expect to see the same happen in other parts of the world.

Aboriginal People Held a Kangaroo Feast Around a Campfire 20,000 Years Ago
30th May 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The cave contained ancient tools, kangaroo bone and the remnants of the campfire, which has nearly 8 inches of fine, white ash and pieces of charcoal in it that researchers plan to radiocarbon-date.

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution
28th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Was there some catastrophic event 200,000 years ago that nearly wiped the slate clean?

Muscles Thought to Be Exclusively Human Have Just Been Found in Apes
25th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

It’s thought that humans have evolved certain muscles unique to us. Now those muscles have been found in other apes, our core perceptions about human evolution are challenged.

Modern birds evolved from ground-dwelling ancestor, after asteroid hit
25th May 2018 news.yale.edu | Ancient, Animal Life

A new study says all modern birds evolved from the same ground-dwelling, common ancestor, after an asteroid slammed into Earth millions of years ago and devastated the planet’s forests.

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered rapid global warming across Earth
25th May 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The asteroid that smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, also drove a persistent bout of lethal global warming.

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study
23rd May 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.

DID LIFE ON EARTH COME FROM SPACE?
21st May 2018 newsspaceflight.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

In recent research conducted by the scientists and as per the latest news published in a news article it has been claimed that octopuses and the likely cephalopods may have their origin on some different planet other than Earth.

Fossil record reveals changes in Earth’s movement and rotation
16th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers have found evidence that regular changes in the Earth’s orbit and axis of rotation caused significant changes in both the evolution and extinction rates of an extinct type of plankton.

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