Animal Life news stories

It looks like an anchovy fillet but this ancient creature helps us understand how DNA works
26th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Because amphioxus “sits in the middle” between invertebrates and vertebrates, it can tell us about some of the steps and developments that took place as animals became more complex over millions of years of evolution.

New species of extinct ape discovered in tomb of ancient Chinese noblewoman
22nd November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Gibbon likely belonged to Lady Xia, grandmother of China’s first emperor, but its species appears to have been driven to extinction by deforestation.

Termites have been building hundreds of millions of huge mounds for 4,000 years – and now scientists know why
21st November 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

‘Biological wonder’ of 200 million mounds saw soil equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza excavated by insects.

Ancient DNA Study Revealed The Evolution of a Mysterious Extinct Monkey of The Caribbean
16th November 2018 canadianhomesteading.ca | Ancient, Animal Life

Different from any other monkey on Earth, Xenothrix was a slow-moving tree-dweller with few teeth and rodent-like leg bones.

40,000-year-old cave art in Borneo may be world’s oldest animal drawing
13th November 2018 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The new dating suggests that these images are at least 40,000 years old, earning them the title of the earliest figurative cave paintings yet found.

Oldest evidence of dairying on the East Asian Steppe
7th November 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers have uncovered evidence that dairying arrived in Mongolia as early as 1300 BC through a process of cultural transmission rather than population replacement or migration.

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds
31st October 2018 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Humans

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists.

“The Liquid Asteroid”–Event Equal to 10 Billion Hiroshima Bombs Made the Rise of Homo Sapiens Possible
29th October 2018 dailygalaxy.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Space

“All these fossils occur in a layer no more than 10cm thick… It tells us this is a moment in geological time… They died suddenly and were buried quickly.”

Scientists call for ‘mega-mission’ to find ancient life on Mars
29th October 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Space, Tech

Space scientists have told Nasa they want the agency to “dream big” to ensure their new robot rover visits a maximum number of sites to increase chances of uncovering signs of ancient life on Mars.

New Caledonian crows can create compound tools
24th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Animal Life

The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid.

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament
24th October 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.

Insects Are Rapidly Disappearing Around The World, Leaving Scientists Horrified
19th October 2018 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations.

Clues from a Somalian cavefish about modern mammals’ dark past
12th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

After millions of years living in darkness, a species of blind cavefish has lost an ancient system of DNA repair.

Bees Go Silent during Total Solar Eclipses, New Research Shows
11th October 2018 | sci-news.com | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

The results were clear and consistent at locations across North America: bees stopped flying during the period of total solar eclipse.

Oldest Hominid Bones Found In Poland Belonged To Neanderthal Child Whose Fingers Were Chewed By Giant Bird
8th October 2018 | inquisitr.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The discovery of the 115,000 year old Neanderthal was made at the Jaskinia Ciemna cave in southern Poland.

The Problem with Ice Age Overkill
8th October 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The question of what happened to our Ice Age megafauna does not fall under the purview of a single discipline. It’s a mystery at the intersection of various sciences.

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