Animal Life news stories

Reconstructed Moa Genome May Move the Meaty Bird Closer to De-Extinction
9th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

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.

2 Raven Species Merge Through Evolutionary Process ‘Speciation Reversal’
8th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

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.

Leopards that live in cities are protecting people from rabies
8th March 2018 | | Animal Life, Humans

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.

5th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Many distant relatives of elephants like mastodon and mammoths were able to survive changing environments because of the widespread interbreeding.

To Help Save Our Oceans, Include Women In The Conversation
3rd March 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

As governments convene throughout 2018 and beyond to discuss new and necessary ocean laws, we must give equal consideration to the perspectives of women.

A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Help
2nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The canine wouldn’t have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticism.

Paleoproteomics Opens a Window into the Past
2nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.

Ancient mammoths and mastodons survived the changing environment because of inter species breeding
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Cross breeding led to ancient elephants adapting and surviving in different regions across the world over time.

With DNA from a museum specimen, scientists reconstruct the genome of a bird extinct for 700 years
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

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.

Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers piece together a 43,000-years-old tableau of an injured adult and concerned young.

‘Loneliest tree’ records human epoch
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

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.

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘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.


More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse
17th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life
Now mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomic studies support the idea that there was only one species of North American Pleistocene horse, which belongs to a new genus.
Brain chemistry explains humans’ early evolutionary advantage
11th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

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?

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study
8th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

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.

An Ancient Hyena May Have Chomped Down on This Neanderthal’s Face
7th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

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.

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