This Tiny Creature Survived 24,000 Years Frozen in Siberian Permafrost

The microscopic animals were frozen when woolly mammoths still roamed the planet, but were restored as though no time had passed.

#animals, #current-biology-journal, #microbiology, #research, #siberia, #temperature, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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On the Verge of Extinction, These Whales Are Also Shrinking

The few living North Atlantic right whales are smaller than previous generations, and some show signs of severely stunted development.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #atlantic-ocean, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

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The Last Creature You’d Expect Left Mysterious Trails on the Ocean Floor

Something with no legs, no feet and no skeleton is crawling around down there, scientists say.

#arctic-regions, #current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marine-biology, #norway, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Baby Mammoths Were Meals for These Saber-Tooth Cats

Fossils from a Texas site suggest that the predatory felines not only snatched mammoths from their herds, but dragged the remains back to their cave.

#cats, #caves-and-caverns, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #mammoths-animals, #paleontology, #san-antonio-tex, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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Meet the Sea Slugs That Chop Off Their Heads and Grow New Bodies

Their severed heads get around just fine until they regenerate perfectly functioning, parasite-free new bodies, scientists say.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #healing, #research, #your-feed-science

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Finally in 3-D: A Dinosaur’s All-Purpose Orifice

This cloaca is more than 100 million years old, and it did a lot of work for this extinct species.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #anus, #crocodiles, #current-biology-journal, #dinosaurs, #feces, #fossils, #paleontology, #reproduction-biological, #research

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A Wolf Pup Mummy From the Ancient Arctic

Melting permafrost yields secrets of how a 6-week-old wolf puppy lived and died.

#arctic-regions, #current-biology-journal, #global-warming, #ice-age, #mummies-and-mummification, #paleontology, #wolves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #yukon-beringia-interpretive-center, #yukon-territory

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Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade

A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #current-biology-journal, #elephants, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #namibia, #portugal, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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This Plant Evolved to Hide From a Predator. It Might Be Us.

While people deliberately breed plants, a team of researchers say humans have inadvertently prompted this one to develop camouflage.

#camouflage, #china, #current-biology-journal, #evolution-biology, #flowers-and-plants, #herbs, #research, #your-feed-science

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People With This Mutation Can’t Smell Stinky Fish

A very small percentage of people don’t mind the pungent odor of fish, a genetic study found.

#current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #genetics-and-heredity, #iceland, #research, #smell-olfaction, #your-feed-science

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Aromatherapy in the Apiary Is What Bees Need

Honeybees were better at pollinating crops after scent training.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #current-biology-journal, #flowers-and-plants, #research, #smells-and-odors, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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In This Woodpecker Kingdom, War Is a Spectator Sport

When prime habitat is up for grabs, acorn woodpeckers travel from all around to see who will win.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #california, #current-biology-journal, #mexico, #oregon, #research, #woodpeckers, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Fossil Reveals ‘One of the Cutest Dinosaurs’ Ever Found

While many fossils have been flattened by time and the elements, a titanosaur found in an egg was preserved in three dimensions.

#argentina, #current-biology-journal, #dinosaurs, #eggs, #eyes-and-eyesight, #fossils, #paleontology, #reproduction-biological, #skull-body-part, #smuggling, #your-feed-science

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Making Sense of ‘One of the Most Baffling Animals That Ever Lived’

Important mysteries have been solved about a reptile with a giraffe-like neck that hunted prey 242 million years ago.

#alps-mountains, #current-biology-journal, #neck, #paleontology, #reptiles, #research, #skull-body-part, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How a Fruit in Your Garden Gets Its Shiny Blue Color

Slabs of fat help give Viburnum tinus its gleam.

#color, #current-biology-journal, #flowers-and-plants, #fruit, #research, #your-feed-science

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There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.

A researcher fed beetles to frogs. The encounter did not end as expected.

#amphibians, #animal-behavior, #beetles, #current-biology-journal, #digestive-tract, #frogs, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Why Some Mosquitoes Prefer Humans

A few species find us irresistible; the rest are unimpressed. A three-year-long experiment offers an explanation for the difference in taste.

#africa, #current-biology-journal, #genetics-and-heredity, #mosquitoes, #urban-areas, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How Ultra-Black Fish Disappear in the Deepest Seas

Researchers have found fish that absorb more than 99.9 percent of the light that hits their skin.

#animals, #biology-and-biochemistry, #color, #current-biology-journal, #evolution-biology, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #research, #your-feed-animals

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Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.

Over 20 years, scientists tracked the transformation of the traditional trill of a common bird from western Canada to Ontario.

#alberta-canada, #animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #birds, #canada, #current-biology-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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See How Dolphins Learn This Eating Trick

A behavior called shelling is learned from peers, unlike other feeding strategies that are passed from mother to calf.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #current-biology-journal, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #research, #your-feed-science

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When Coral’s Colorful Show Is a Sign That It’s Sick

Under stress, certain coral species put on displays to try to re-attract symbiotic algae they need to survive.

#algae, #color, #coral, #current-biology-journal, #global-warming, #reefs, #research, #wiedenmann-jorg, #your-feed-science

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3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll

The men might have been among the earliest to be stolen from their homeland and brought to the Americas.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #bacteria, #barquera-rodrigo, #current-biology-journal, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #krause-johannes, #marquez-morfin-lourdes, #mexico-city-mexico, #research, #skeletons, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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