Animal Life news stories
The first nuclear genome for an extinct moa species begins a new chapter in research on these big bygone birds, possibly improving the chances that they will one day be resurrected.
Two species of ravens have spent between 1 to 2 million years evolving separately. The study suggests that these ravens are now in the process of lineage fusion.
When leopards stray into a city, people often fear them. But these big cats could be valuable neighbours: by preying on feral dogs in Mumbai, they are reducing the risk of people catching rabies.
Many distant relatives of elephants like mastodon and mammoths were able to survive changing environments because of the widespread interbreeding.
As governments convene throughout 2018 and beyond to discuss new and necessary ocean laws, we must give equal consideration to the perspectives of women.
The canine wouldn’t have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticism.
Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.
Cross breeding led to ancient elephants adapting and surviving in different regions across the world over time.
Scientists have assembled the first nearly complete genome of the little bush moa, a flightless bird that went extinct soon after Polynesians settled New Zealand in the late 13th century.
It’s been dubbed “the loneliest tree on the planet” because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.
‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.
The planet’s most successful species is also its most socially intelligent and complex. What set us on this course? What jumpstarted mankind’s divergence from primates?
The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists.
About 65,000 years ago, a large carnivore — perhaps a cave hyena — chomped down on the face of a (likely dead) Neanderthal. Then, that carnivore partially digested two of the hominin’s teeth before regurgitating them.