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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What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database?

From tens of thousands of hours of observation, scientists have compiled a detailed library of African elephant behavior.

#africa, #animal-behavior, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #kenya, #malawi, #mozambique, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Elephant Trunks: Is There Anything They Can’t Do?

A new study highlights the impressive biomechanics and suction power of an elephant’s most defining appendage.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #journal-of-the-royal-society-interface, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Magic Tricks May Fool You, but These Birds Can See Through Them

A small experiment using sleights of hand and illusions offers insights into how birds and people perceive the world.

#animal-cognition, #birds, #cambridge-university, #magic-and-magicians, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How the ‘Wandering Meatloaf’ Got Its Rock-Hard Teeth

The dentition of the gumboot chiton, a lumbering mollusk, contains a rare mineral never before seen in a living animal.

#3-d-printers, #mollusks, #pnas-journal, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Latest Coronavirus Comes From Dogs

A newly identified coronavirus may not pose a serious threat, but the finding highlights the need to monitor animal viruses more proactively, scientists say.

#animals, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #malaysia, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #viruses, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health

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The Case of Long Island’s Disappearing Brood X Cicadas

The insect cohort known as Brood X may not emerge on Long Island, a sign of humanity’s effects on even nature’s most reliable periodic events.

#cicadas-insects, #environment, #long-island-ny, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The 1,000-Year Secret That Made Betta Fish Beautiful

Scientists found that the fish were gradually domesticated like dog breeds into the beautiful shapes and colors that turn up today in pet stores.

#biorxiv, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #southeast-asia, #thailand, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people.

#anus, #colon, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #mice, #oxygen, #pigs, #rats, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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At Mating Time, These Ants Carry Their Young Queen to a Neighbor’s Nest

The royal matchmaking service may help these insects avoid inbreeding.

#ants, #communications-biology-journal, #france, #genetics-and-heredity, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Price They Pay for Your Perfect Vacation Photo

Scientists are concerned about unregulated feeding of ocean wildlife by tour operators.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #bahama-islands, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #greece, #marine-biology, #philippines, #photography, #research, #sharks, #travel-and-vacations, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Birds and the Buoys: Using Googly Eyes to Avert Extinction

A pair of looming eyes could scare away seabirds from fishing nets in which they are often entangled.

#birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #innovation, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Meet the Other Social Influencers of the Animal Kingdom

Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #zambia

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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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Some Male Birds Fly Under False Colors to Attract Mates, Study Suggests

Elaborate feather microstructures allow male tanagers to enhance their colors, making them seem as if they are higher quality mates.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #color, #evolution-biology, #feathers, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How Many Tyrannosaurus Rexes Ever Lived on Earth? Here’s a New Clue.

An estimation of the iconic predator’s total population can teach us things about dinosaurs that fossils cannot.

#dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #north-america, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How the Largest Animals That Could Ever Fly Supported Giraffe-Like Necks

These pterosaurs had wingspans as long as 33 feet, and scans of fossilized remains reveal a surprise in their anatomy.

#dinosaurs, #fossils, #iscience-journal, #morocco, #neck, #paleontology, #pterosaurs, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Rocks Made a 1,000-Mile Trek. Did Dinosaurs Carry Them?

Researchers suggest a collection of prehistoric stones found in Wyoming journeyed from Wisconsin in the bellies of very large beasts.

#dinosaurs, #geology, #paleontology, #research, #rock-and-stone, #terra-nova-journal, #wisconsin, #wyoming, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Let Us Now Praise Tiny Ants

Even in the densest human habitations, there are orders of magnitude more ants than there are of us, doing the hard work of making our crumbs disappear.

#books-and-literature, #insects, #new-york-city, #photography, #wilson-edward-o, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New Study Sheds Light on Why Grasshoppers Flocked to Vegas

In a new study, ecologists document the impact that the world’s brightest city has on the insect population.

#biology-letters-journal, #grasshoppers, #las-vegas-nev, #lighting, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots

Divers practicing blackwater photography are helping marine scientists gain new insights into fish larvae.

#animal-migration, #diving-and-divers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #ichthyologyherpetology-journal, #marine-biology, #oceans-and-seas, #photography, #research, #smithsonian-national-museum-of-natural-history, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Some Elephants in Africa Are Just a Step From Extinction

A key conservation group counted the continent’s elephants as two species for the first time, highlighting the dire threat to forest elephants.

#africa, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Protecting Lions Helps the Whole Food Chain? Actually, We Don’t Know.

The assumption that adding apex predators to wildlife parks in South Africa benefits smaller animals is in need of more testing, scientists say.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #lions, #mammals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Power of Playing Dead

A study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — helps larvae of insects called antlions outlast hungry predators.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biology-letters-journal, #evolution-biology, #insects, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Largest Glowing Shark Species Discovered Near New Zealand

It’s the biggest bioluminescent vertebrate found on land or sea, so far.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #frontiers-in-marine-science-journal, #hormones, #light, #new-zealand, #research, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Outsized Influence of Teen T. Rex and Other Young Dinosaurs

A deep dive into dinosaur data suggests that teenage T. rexes and other juvenile carnivores shaped their ecosystems.

#children-and-childhood, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Manatees May Carry Half a Million Microscopic Hitchhikers

Unexpected species of nematodes, some of them new to science, were found living on the skin of the marine mammals.

#florida, #manatees, #microbiology, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #skin, #worms, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Octopuses Have a Secret Sense to Keep Their 8 Arms Out of Trouble

Even when an octopus can’t see light with its eyes, its arms seem to know it is there.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #light, #octopus, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Meet Elizabeth Ann, the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret

Her birth represents the first cloning of an endangered species native to North America, and may bring needed genetic diversity to the species.

#animals, #assn-of-zoosaquariums, #breeding-of-animals, #cryonics, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fort-collins-colo, #meeteetse-wyo, #ryder-oliver, #san-diego-zoo, #university-of-florida, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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Where Did the Dinosaur-Killing Impactor Come From?

A new study blames a comet fragment for the death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But most experts maintain that an asteroid caused this cataclysmic event.

#asteroids, #comets, #dinosaurs, #earth, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #yucatan-peninsula-mexico

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‘Our Goal is That No Lemurs Live Alone’

At the Duke Lemur Center, an innovative plan to keep the animals social late in life: pair them with lemurs of another species.

#duke-university, #durham-nc, #elderly, #friendship, #lemurs, #loneliness, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

The aquatic mammals’ sound waves penetrate into the rocks under the waves, which could assist seismologists’ surveys.

#earthquakes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Cannibalism May Be Key for These Cockroach Couples

Males and females of a species that mates monogamously complete their bond by gnawing off each other’s wings, a new study found.

#cannibalism, #cockroaches, #ethology, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction?

Scientists have found that sawfish are thriving in some habitats while vanishing from others.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #endangered-species-research-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Goats Don’t Vote

While some animals that rove in groups appear to cast a form of ballot about directions, goats mostly copy each other.

#animal-behavior, #goats, #namibia, #navigation, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before

A new review of the scientific literature confirms that anthropogenic noise is becoming unbearable for undersea life.

#acoustics, #animals, #biodiversity, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #reefs, #ships-and-shipping, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Mouse That Survived a Volcanic Apocalypse

Much as small mammals outlived the dinosaur extinction, this rodent beat the odds when Pinatubo blew its top in the Philippines in 1991.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #luzon-philippines, #mice, #philippines, #research, #rodents, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Lizards Have a Hot Trick to Escape Hungry Snakes

On some Japanese islands where lizards live, the ones that fear predators have higher body temperatures that help them run faster.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #ecology-letters-journal, #evolution-biology, #izu-islands-japan, #japan, #lizards, #miyake-island-japan, #research, #snakes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Skin-Deep Physics of Sidewinder Snakes

A close-up on snake skin helped scientists work out what might help certain snakes navigate sandy surfaces.

#deserts, #physics, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #sand-and-gravel, #skin, #snakes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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This Ammonite Was Fossilized Outside Its Shell

The bizarre fossil is one of very few records of soft tissue in a creature better known as a whorled shell.

#fossils, #germany, #paleontology, #squid, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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They Put the Bite in Trilobite

New research helps explain how some ancient species hunted and fed, and highlights the shell-crushing power of one large trilobite.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #paleontology, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #trilobites, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How an Eight-Sided ‘Egg’ Ended Up in a Robin’s Nest

An experiment by evolutionary biologists offers new insights into birds’ brains.

#3-d-printers, #animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #birds, #eggs, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The World’s Rarest Turtle Has a Shot at Escaping Extinction

Conservationists confirmed that a Swinhoe’s softshell turtle found in Vietnam is female, reigniting hope for saving the species.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hanoi-vietnam, #reproduction-biological, #turtles-and-tortoises, #vietnam, #wildlife-conservation-society, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Covid-19 Kept Tourists Away. Why Did These Seabirds Miss Them?

When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #shutdowns-institutional, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A Surprise in a 50 Million-Year-Old Assassin Bug Fossil: Its Genitals

Scientists were surprised to find the insect’s preserved penis, which suggests it was an unknown species.

#fossils, #insects, #paleontology, #papers-in-paleontology, #penis, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Electric Eels Hunt in Packs, Shocking Prey and Scientists

The behavior, used by wolves and orcas to run down fast prey, is rarely seen in fish.

#amazon-jungle, #animal-behavior, #brazil, #ecology-and-evolution-journal, #eels, #electric-light-and-power, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hunting-and-trapping, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New Bat Species With Orangutan Hue Discovered in West Africa

Scientists hope the rare discovery could be a catalyst for conserving the region’s biodiversity.

#american-museum-novitates, #bats, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #guinea, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Millipede Swarms Once Stopped Japanese Trains in Their Tracks

A team of scientists say they have figured out the cicada-like life cycles of the many-legged arthropods.

#animal-behavior, #arthropods, #cicadas-insects, #insects, #japan, #millipedes, #railroads, #reproduction-biological, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #seasons-and-months, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Snakes Found a New Way to Slither

The novel technique is great news for Guam’s brown tree snakes, bad news for the island’s nesting birds.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #guam, #snakes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Revealed: The Shipworm Sex Tapes

Nature’s weirdest clam surprises scientists once again, this time in video footage of its mating habits.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biology-letters-journal, #clams, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marine-borers-shipworms, #oregon, #reproduction-biological, #shipway-reuben, #sperm, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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