Earliest evidence for dog breeding found on remote Siberian island
 
Published: 09/18/2017

Now it appears these ancient Arctic dwellers did something even more remarkable: They may have been among the first humans to breed dogs for a particular purpose. An analysis of canine bones from Zhokhov suggests…


First warm-blooded lizards switch on mystery heat source at will
 
Published: 08/15/2017

The first known warm-blooded lizard, the tegu, can heat itself to as much as 10 °C above its surroundings – making it unique among reptiles.

But bizarrely, it only switches on its heating system at…


Pollution Is Turning Sea Snakes Black—for a Surprising Reason
 
Published: 08/14/2017

The turtle-headed sea snake usually sports beautiful bands of alternating black and white. But for decades, researchers have been puzzled by populations living near Pacific Ocean cities that seem to have lost their stripes.


Brothers Unexpectedly Discover Fossil of Japan’s Oldest Water Bird
 
Published: 08/11/2017

When two brothers were walking near a reservoir in a small town in northern Japan, one noticed something peculiar in the ground. The brothers collected a few of the intriguing pieces and took them to paleontologists at…


Five Awesome Facts For Bat Appreciation Day
 
Published: 04/17/2017

With over 1000 living species, bats are actually one of the largest groups of mammals (besides rodents) and make up 20% of known mammal species. They range in size from the less-than-one-ounce bumblebee bat to the 2.6-pound…


Sperm whale’s skin comes off during mass ‘scratchathon’
 
Published: 02/22/2017

IT LOOKS like a plastic bag floating in the ocean, but it’s something much stranger: a transparent chunk of skin from a sperm whale. It got rubbed off during a mass “scratchathon”...

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Frozen semen, guinea pig tumors and spare organs help zoo save and preserve lives
 
Published: 12/7/2016

The St. Louis Zoo’s frozen zoo is like a bank, an important depository of tools that researchers can use to help animals now and in the future. It’s housed in the Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary…


Office pets lighten mood at Delaware County treasurer’s office
 
Published: 12/7/2016

[Delaware County Treasurer Jon] Peterson learned about axolotl, also known as Mexican salamander, from Brittany Hollingsworth, a deputy treasurer in the office. Her 4-year-old son's specimen is named Maxine. It's…


Bird Wearing Tiny Aviator Goggles Flies Through Lasers for Science
 
Published: 12/6/2016

Obi the parrotlet readies for takeoff. Wearing his mini protective goggles, he waits patiently for a signal: a decisive finger point to a target perch. The finger moves in a flash and so does Obi, right to the directed…


African elephants are being born without tusks due to poaching, researchers say
 
Published: 11/28/2016

An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally altering the gene pool.

In some areas 98 per cent…