Animal Life news stories

Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands
16th May 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life

When animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. A family of worm-eating mice from a tiny island in the Philippines have set a new lower limit for island size and evolution.

Dinosaur parenting: How the ‘chickens from hell’ nested
16th May 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists believe the largest of these dinosaurs arranged their eggs around a central gap in the nest. This bore the parent’s weight, while allowing them to potentially provide body heat or protection to their developing young, without crushing the delicate eggs.

Memory transferred between snails, challenging standard theory of how the brain remembers
15th May 2018 | statnews.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

UCLA neuroscientists have reported that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA.

Could resurrecting mammoths help stop Arctic emissions?
15th May 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

Pleistocene Park is an epic experiment in the Siberian Arctic that has been underway since 1996. It is this park to which the Harvard team hope to deliver the first resurrected mammoth hybrid within the next decade.

‘Feel good’ factor not CO2 boosts global forest expansion
15th May 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The authors refute the idea that increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are the key cause of the spread of trees. As countries become better off, farmers focus on good quality soils and abandon marginal lands, the authors say.

These Asian hunter-gatherers may have been the first people to domesticate horses
11th May 2018 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A new study of ancient DNA suggests that the Botai domesticated the horse first.

You probably don’t appreciate dinosaurs nearly enough
9th May 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs offers a convincing case as to why grownups should have more respect for the bird-like giants who stomped about prehistoric Earth.

Feeling the beat through the elephants feet
8th May 2018 | ox.ac.uk | Animal Life, Tech

A new Oxford University collaboration with Save The Elephants has shown that elephant behaviour can be determined in a new way: through the vibrations they create.

Utah Family Unearths Ice Age Horse Fossil In Their Backyard
4th May 2018 | inquisitr.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The 16,000-year-old fossil dates back to the Late Pleistocene and is believed to belong to some type of ancient Shetland pony.

How birds got their beaks – new fossil evidence
3rd May 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have pieced together the skull of a strange ancient bird, revealing a primitive beak lined with teeth.

Horses Can Read and Remember People’s Emotions
29th April 2018 | popularmechanics.com | Animal Life, Humans

Scientists discovered that the animals can not only recognize humans, but remember their expressions.

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People
27th April 2018 e360.yale.edu | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Tech

From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Ancient Entombed Horse Was So Well Loved It Still Has Hair on Its Legs
27th April 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The entombed horse, found in Tombos in northern Sudan and shown to have lived around 950 B.C., reveals the growing influence of the Kingdom of Kush in Nubia.

How to hunt a giant sloth—according to ancient human footprints
26th April 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Our ancestors used misdirection to gain the upper hand in close-quarter combat with this deadly creature.

Asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth
26th April 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Shooting small rocks from a high-speed cannon showed that some asteroids could have brought water to the early Earth — without all the water boiling away on impact, a new study finds.

Earliest Bone Arrowhead, 61,700 Years Old, Found in South Africa
26th April 2018 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Early humans in southern Africa figured out that stabbing large animals close up is silly, so honed pieces of bone into projectile weaponry.

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