This Ancient Crab Had Unusually Huge Eyes

A study of fossils from Colombia suggests that a prehistoric shellfish hunted prey with remarkably sharp vision.

#colombia, #crabs, #eyes-and-eyesight, #fossils, #iscience-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Japan’s Monkey Queen Faces Challenge to Her Reign: Mating Season

Yakei became a rare alpha female of a macaque troop in a nature reserve, but a kind of simian love triangle may endanger her grip on power.

#animal-behavior, #japan, #monkeys-and-apes, #reproduction-biological, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Checking Privilege in the Animal Kingdom

Researchers say the human concepts of intergenerational wealth and inequality are useful for studying some animals’ behavior.

#animal-behavior, #behavioral-ecology-journal, #income-inequality, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #squirrels, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘Major Discovery’ Beneath Antarctic Seas: A Giant Icefish Breeding Colony

Scientists discovered a mammoth nesting ground with an estimated 60 million icefish nests in the Weddell Sea.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #reproduction-biological, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Fossils of a Prehistoric Rainforest Hide in Australia’s Rusted Rocks

The find suggests overlooked rocks across the continent may contain more fossilized surprises.

#australia, #flowers-and-plants, #fossils, #insects, #paleontology, #research, #science-advances-journal, #spiders, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Hedgehogs Are a Source of Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Finds

Scientists chart how a battle between fungus and bacteria living on the skin of hedgehogs led to the emergence of a strain of MRSA that can infect cows and humans.

#antibiotics, #bacteria, #drug-resistance-microbial, #hedgehogs, #methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Ghost Wolves of Galveston Island

A population of strange canids in Texas could hold the key to reviving the highly endangered red wolf.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #breeding-of-animals, #coyotes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #galveston-tex, #galveston-island-tex, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #vonholdt-bridgett-m-1980, #wolves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

An Ichthyosaur With a Grand Piano-Size Head and a Big Appetite

Scientists have described a giant new species of ichthyosaur that evolved its 55-foot-long body size only a few million years after the lizards returned to the seas.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #nevada, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How to Catch a Polar Bear

First, spot the bear.

#animal-behavior, #arctic-regions, #norway, #photography, #polar-bears, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

The mosquitofish is wreaking havoc on native Australian marine life. In a new study, scientists tried to frighten it with a look-alike of its natural foe.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #invasive-species, #iscience-journal, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Bat Moms Give Bat Pups Their Sense of Direction

Scientists were surprised to discover that at least one bat species carries its young to an unsupervised drop-off point night after night.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #bats, #current-biology-journal, #israel, #navigation, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

This Dinosaur Found in Chile Had a Battle Ax for a Tail

While ankylosaurs are already known for their armor and club tails, this specimen from South America had a unique way of fighting predators.

#chile, #dinosaurs, #fossils, #nature-journal, #paleontology, #research, #tail, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why Was This Ancient Tusk 150 Miles From Land, 10,000 Feet Deep?

A discovery in the Pacific Ocean off California leads to “an ‘Indiana Jones’ mixed with ‘Jurassic Park’ moment.”

#fossils, #ice-age, #mammoths-animals, #monterey-bay-aquarium-research-institute, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #paleontology, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Bees Make This “Screaming” Sound When Attacked By Hornets

When threatened by giant hornets, Asian honeybees use their wings to make a noise that sounds like a cry for help.

#animal-behavior, #bees, #hanoi-vietnam, #hornets-insects, #insects, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

This Fish Loses 20 Teeth Each Day, Then Grows Them All Back

One fish, two fish. Green fish, blue fish. Outer teeth, inner teeth. These fish grow a lot of teeth.

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

As Earth Warms, Human History Is Melting Away

Climate change is revealing long-frozen artifacts and animals to archaeologists. But the window for study is slender and shrinking.

#alaska, #alps-mountains, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arctic-regions, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #austria, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #indigenous-people, #mammoths-animals, #mongolia, #norway, #paleontology, #siberia, #university-of-aberdeen, #yakutia-russia, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Shark Attacks May Be Explained by Case of ‘Mistaken Identity’

Researchers simulated a shark’s visual system to test the “mistaken identity theory” of unprovoked shark bites.

#eyes-and-eyesight, #journal-of-the-royal-society-interface, #research, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

An enormous new analysis of the wiring of the fruit fly brain is a milestone for the young field of modern connectomics, scientists say.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #brain, #elife-journal, #flies, #janelia-farm-research-campus-howard-hughes-medical-institute, #jayaraman-vivek-1971, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

It wriggles. It pulls. It falls apart and comes back together. It is everything you wish for and everything you fear.

#georgia-institute-of-technology, #peleg-orit, #physics, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #santa-fe-institute, #university-of-colorado, #worms, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Tuskless Elephants Escape Poachers, but May Evolve New Problems

Scientists identified the genes that played a role in many female elephants of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park being born without tusks.

#elephants, #evolution-biology, #genetics-and-heredity, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #ivory, #mozambique, #research, #science-journal, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Triassic’s Fearsome Dinosaur Was a Timid Plant Eater

A new analysis of fossilized footprints corrects what earlier scientists mistook for a very early carnivore in the dinosaur era.

#australia, #brisbane-australia, #dinosaurs, #historical-biology-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Hungry Sea Otters Affect the Sex Lives of Sea Grass

A habit that appeared damaging at first glance seems to make oceanic ecosystems more resilient, scientists found.

#animal-behavior, #british-columbia-canada, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #flowers-and-plants, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #science-journal, #sea-otters, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

When You Go to the Loo, a Bat Might Go Boo

Among roosting bats in parts of Africa, the inside of a drop toilet can be a lovely place to hang.

#animal-behavior, #bathrooms-and-toilets, #bats, #kenya, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #tanzania, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Old is the Maltese Dog Breed?

Many dog fanciers like to trace their favorite breed to antiquity, but the researchers who study the modern and ancient DNA of dogs have a different perspective.

#american-kennel-club, #aristotle, #boyko-adam-r, #breeding-of-animals, #dogs, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #larson-greger, #maltese, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Marvelous Physics of Swarming Midges

There’s more in that cloud of bugs than meets the eye.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #midges-insects, #physical-review-letters, #physics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

World’s Most Dangerous Birds Were Raised by People 18,000 Years Ago

Researchers studying ancient cassowary egg shells in New Guinea found signs that the sharp-taloned bird was being domesticated.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #australia, #birds, #breeding-of-animals, #eggs, #new-guinea, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Volcanic Eruptions Helped Dinosaurs Dominate Planet Earth

Massive eruptions transformed the climate in the Triassic era, creating the conditions in which dinosaurs diversified into many more species.

#dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #research, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Bruce Is a Parrot With a Broken Beak. So He Invented a Tool.

The bird is a kea from New Zealand, and his fabrication of an instrument to help him preen his feathers appears to be unique, researchers say.

#animal-behavior, #new-zealand, #parrots, #research, #rock-and-stone, #scientific-reports-journal, #tools, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Milkweed Butterflies Are More Murderous Than They Look

This behavior by the fluttering insects was so unusual that scientists had to invent a new word to describe it.

#butterflies-and-moths, #caterpillars, #ecology-journal, #indonesia, #insects, #research, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Komodo Dragons Are Now Endangered and ‘Moving Toward Extinction’

A top conservation organization updated the status of the fierce giant lizards on its Red List of threatened species.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flores-indonesia, #global-warming, #indonesia, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #komodo-dragons-lizards, #reptiles, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Fossil Reveals Hungry Predator of Ancient Oceans

Titanokorys gainesi, turned up in the Canadian Rockies, was among the largest known predators 500 million years ago.

#british-columbia-canada, #burgess-shale-canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Nania The Elephant Beat the Odds

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Grooviest Cocoons in the Insect Kingdom

Larvae of some paper wasp species use mysteriously fluorescent silk to weave the container in which they mature to adulthood.

#journal-of-the-royal-society-interface, #research, #ultraviolet-light, #vietnam, #wasps-insects, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Meet the Spotted Skunks. They’ve Been Keeping a Secret From Us.

New research using hundreds of DNA samples showed that there are seven species of these hand-standing, stink-spraying mammals.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #mexico, #molecular-phylogenetics-and-evolution-journal, #north-america, #reproduction-biological, #research, #skunks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Searching for Bird Life in a Former ‘Ocean of Forest’

A century after museum collectors surveyed Colombia’s avian fauna, a new generation of researchers returns to see what remains, and what has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-museum-of-natural-history, #animal-behavior, #birds, #collectors-and-collections, #colombia, #forests-and-forestry, #genetics-and-heredity, #museums, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Satellites Spot Oceans Aglow With Trillions of Organisms

A new generation of detectors let scientists identify a dozen large episodes of bioluminescence, one a hundred times larger than Manhattan — and that’s the smallest.

#bioluminescence, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #indian-ocean, #indonesia, #light, #marine-biology, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Female Hummingbirds Avoid Harassment by Looking Like Males

Among white-necked Jacobin hummingbirds, those with plumage that resembles colors found on males get harassed less.

#animal-behavior, #current-biology-journal, #hummingbirds, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Looks Like Bird Poop. But It’s Really a Predatory Spider.

Many creatures use mimicry to hide from predators. This one also uses it to lure in prey.

#camouflage, #current-zoology-journal, #evolution-biology, #research, #southeast-asia, #spiders, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘Totally Surprising and Rather Horrifying’: Giant Tortoises Eat Baby Birds

For the first time, scientists in the Seychelles captured footage of one of the hulking reptiles stalking and killing a helpless chick.

#animal-behavior, #anna-zora, #birds, #current-biology-journal, #galapagos-islands, #hunting-and-trapping, #justin-gerlach, #research, #seychelles-islands, #turtles-and-tortoises, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

This Rattlesnake Dares You to Call Its Bluff

Scientists designed a virtual reality experiment to understand just how tricky rattlesnakes can be.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #current-biology-journal, #evolution-biology, #research, #snakes, #virtual-reality-computers, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

When Sea Snakes Attack, Scientists Blame Sex Drive

Sea snakes aren’t angry when they aggressively swim at divers, scientists say. They’re just confused and looking to mate.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #reproduction-biological, #scientific-reports-journal, #snakes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

What If You Could Become Invisible to Mosquitoes?

Using Crispr, scientists have taken the first step toward creating a mosquito that is blind to human hosts.

#crispr-dna, #current-biology-journal, #eyes-and-eyesight, #global-warming, #mosquitoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

When Euphemisms (but Never Sharks) Attack

Plus, orphaned grizzlies, baby deer in the shower, hoot-owl restrictions and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

#extraterrestrial-life, #sharks, #young-men-and-fire-a-true-story-of-the-mann-gulch-fire-book, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Australia’s Trash Parrots Invent New Skill in Suburbs

Sydney’s clever and adaptable sulfur-crested cockatoos learn how to pry open garbage bins by watching one another.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #birds, #evolution-biology, #parrots, #research, #science-journal, #sydney-australia, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Cats Are Better Than Dogs (at Catching the Coronavirus)

Cats and dogs can be infected by the coronavirus — but cats are more susceptible to infection, a new study suggests.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Did a Cuttlefish Write This?

Octopuses and squid are full of cephalopod character. But more scientists are making the case that cuttlefish hold the key to unlocking evolutionary secrets about intelligence.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #cuttlefish, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #memory, #octopus, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray

Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.

#animal-behavior, #eels, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #mouth, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

These Brittle Stars Have Thousands of ‘Pig Snouts’ on Each Arm

Scientists have described a new family of brittle stars from a single specimen from a seamount off New Caledonia.

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

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