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December 7, 2019

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With a lot of ingenuity and a little luck, researchers monitored the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild. The measurement suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at ... read more

Dung Beetle Discovery Revises Biologists' Understanding of How Nature Innovates

The discovery that thoracic horns in dung beetles emerge from the same gene network as wings could revise how biologists understand 'innovation' in ... read more

First Evidence of Feathered Polar Dinosaurs Found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar ... read more

Miniature Fanged 'Deer' Rediscovered Tiptoeing Through Vietnam's Coastal Forests

Biologists have rediscovered a species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain -- a deer-like species that is the size of a ... read more
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Compound Eyes: The Visual Apparatus of Today's Horseshoe Crabs Goes Back 400 Million Years

The extinct sea scorpion species Jaekelopterus rhenaniae had eyes comparable to those of today's horseshoe crabs. The two-and-a-half-meter predator was particularly apt at perceiving contrasts ... read more

Most of America's National Parks Are Facing a Grave and Immediate Threat

More than half of America's national parks are facing a grave and immediate threat: the ongoing presence and spread of invasive animal species. The National Park Service has taken the first step ... read more

Through the Eyes of Animals

Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software ... read more

Female Fish Can Breed a New Species If They Aren't Choosy About Who Is Mr. Right

Female fish can breed a new species if they aren't choosy about who is Mr. Right. Fish will mate with a species outside their own if the male's coloring is attractive enough or if the ... read more

Whaling and Climate Change Led to 100 Years of Feast or Famine for Antarctic Penguins

New research reveals how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ... read more

Cats' Faces Hard to Read, Except for 'Cat Whisperers'

Women and those with veterinary experience were better at recognizing cats' expressions -- even those who reported no strong attachment to cats. The study involved more than 6,300 people from 85 ... read more

Monkeys Inform Group Members About Threats -- Following Principles of Cooperation

Humans are often faced with the choice of investing in the greater good or being selfish and letting others do the work. Animals that live in groups often encounter threats, and informing others ... read more

New Evolutionary Insights Into the Early Development of Songbirds

An international team has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the cells that hold genetic ... read more

New Vaccine Will Stop the Spread of Bovine TB

Scientists at the University of Surrey have developed a novel vaccine and complementary skin test to protect cattle against bovine tuberculosis (bovine ... read more

Shrewd Savannah Species Choose Friends With Benefits on the African Plains

For species trying to boost their chances of avoiding predation, it could be a classic case of 'it's not what you know, it's who you know that matters,' according to new ... read more

Animals Could Help Humans Monitor Oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic ... read more

Unique Sled Dogs Helped the Inuit Thrive in the North American Arctic

The legacy of these Inuit dogs survives today in Arctic sled dogs, making them one of the last remaining descendant populations of indigenous, pre-European dog lineages in the ... read more

A Carnivorous Dinosaur Species Regrew All Its Teeth Every Few Months

A meat-eating dinosaur species that lived in Madagascar some 70 million years ago replaced all its teeth every couple of months or so, a new study has found, surprising even the researchers. In fact, ... read more

Animal Embryos Evolved Before Animals

A new study has discovered that animal-like embryos evolved long before the first animals appear in the fossil ... read more

Habitat Restoration Alone Not Enough to Support Threatened Caribou

New research suggests restoring habitat may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou -- an iconic animal that's a major part of boreal forests in North America and a key part of the ... read more

Coastal Fog Linked to High Levels of Mercury Found in Mountain Lions, Study Finds

Researchers have discovered elevated levels of mercury in mountain lions, the latest indication that the neurotoxin is being carried in fog, deposited on the land, and making its way up the food ... read more

16-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows Springtails Hitchhiking on Winged Termite

A newly reported, 16-million-year-old fossil is shedding light on how a group of tiny arthropods may have traversed the globe -- by ... read more

Dinosaur Skull Turns Paleontology Assumptions on Their Head

A team of researchers has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull -- and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, ... read more

Unravelling the Venomous Bite of an Endangered Mammal

Highly similar venom toxins found in shrews and endangered Caribbean mammals, despite common ancestor over 70 million years ... read more

How Mantis Shrimp Make Sense of the World

A new study provides insight into how the small brains of mantis shrimp - fierce predators with keen vision that are among the fastest strikers in the animal kingdom - are able to make sense of a ... read more

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