Animal Life news stories

Africa’s three biggest elephant poaching cartels exposed using DNA from illegal ivory shipments
24th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

Evidence from genetic analysis of tusks in major shipments will help link individual criminals to wider networks and bring them to justice.

Ancient Pets Got Proper Burials
19th September 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient pet burials dating as far back as 14,000 years, from the dawn of animal domestication. Interred animals occur in at least some cultures and time periods on every continent except Antarctica.

Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread
17th September 2018 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Cheese may have helped fuel the spread of agriculture across Europe.

Spectacular ice age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada
17th September 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life

It is extremely rare for fur, skin and muscle tissues to be preserved in the fossil record, but all three are present on these specimens, which have been radiocarbon-dated to more than 50,000 years old.

Reviving Japan’s Ancient Ama Fisherwomen Culture
14th September 2018 robbreport.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ohno is part of an elite group of women known as ama uminchu, who for thousands of years have hunted for seafood and pearls in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

North American Indigenous Peoples Used Turtle Shells as Symbolic Musical Instruments
14th September 2018 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

According to a new study, turtles served as more than tasty treats for Native American tribes throughout North America; in fact, turtle shells were used as rattles and other musical instruments.

New find clears Madagascar’s first settlers of wiping out world’s largest bird
14th September 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers report that ancient butchered bones show people made their home on the lush island of Madagascar 10,500 years ago, an astonishing 8 millennia earlier than once thought.

Hints of 7,200-Year-Old Cheese Create a Scientific Stink
9th September 2018 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Traces of fats on pottery from Croatia may be the region’s oldest known cheese, but the controversial claim has some experts holding their noses.

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools
9th September 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Carnivores and bush pigs appear not to have been selected for tool manufacture despite their remains being found in archaeological sites. Their apparent avoidance may have to do with cultural taboos.

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Are About to Fly Free in Africa
6th September 2018 futurism.com | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

The move is part of a long-term plan to eradicate a malaria-transmitting species. This will be the first release of any genetically modified animals into the African wild.

Conservation project to offset Ichthys-INPEX gas pipeline damage ‘years behind schedule’
2nd September 2018 | abc.net.au | Animal Life, Humans

Professor Booth said the large-scale marine megafauna project — designed to protect whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks — was too important to delay.

The Revolution That Rewrote Life’s History
30th August 2018 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Your high-school biology book needs an update.

Rare Fossils-Inside-Fossils Show Prehistoric Parasites
30th August 2018 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The finds offer an unprecedented look into the lives and deaths of ancient insects.

Extinct Cave Bear DNA Found in Living Bears
28th August 2018 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The discovery is the first of its kind outside the human lineage.

Dinosaur DNA clues unpicked by researchers at University of Kent
28th August 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers at the University of Kent say their work uncovers the genetic secret behind why dinosaurs came in such a variety of shapes and sizes.

Indigenous people hunted bison using fire – and clever manipulation of the landscape
1st August 2018 | cbc.ca | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Great Plains people were skilled hunters — and savvy environmental managers.

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