Animals

Walking whale ancestor named after Egyptian god of death

The semiaquatic whale walked on land and swam in water. A semiaquatic whale that lived 43 million years ago was...
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‘Real-life dragon’ in Cretaceous Australia was huge, toothy and a ‘savage’ hunter

Thapunngaka shawi was Australia's biggest known pterosaur. About 110 million years ago in what is now Australia, a flying "dragon"...
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Why do turtles live so long?

It's all in their biology. On the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, there lives a creature that...
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Woolly mammoth’s epic 50,000-mile journey retraced

A preserved tusk revealed how far the animal ranged during its 28-year lifetime. A mammoth that lived in Alaska about...
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Fish with ‘human teeth’ caught in North Carolina

Meet the sheepshead fish, a common Atlantic coast swimmer with a very crunchy diet. Last week (Aug 3), anglers at...
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New images clarify how glasswing butterflies make their wings transparent

Sparse, spindly scales and a waxy membrane coating are behind the insect’s transparency. Most butterflies sport colorful, eye-catching patterns on...
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Giant tortoise thought extinct for a century discovered on Galapagos island

Her nickname is "Fernanda." A giant tortoise in the Galápagos Islands that was thought to have gone extinct over a...
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Florida airport monkeys are the descendants of zoo escapees

A colony of wild African green monkeys living near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport finally gets an origin story. Much-beloved...
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Strange single-celled life-form has a truly bizarre genome

A single-celled creature known as a dinoflagellate may have one of the weirdest genomes on Earth, The Scientist reported. Life...
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Baby minke whale euthanized after getting trapped in Thames River

The baby whale was alone and hundreds of miles from home. An injured baby minke whale stranded in the River...
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All hail ‘Emperor Dumbo,’ the newest species of deep-dwelling octopus

This is the first time a new octopus has been described using completely non-invasive imaging. A new species of Dumbo...
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Tiny dinosaur that looked like an owl hunted like one, too

Like many owls, it was probably a nighttime predator. A tiny, meat-eating dinosaur had superb low-light vision and hearing that...
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Do snakes have ears?

Can they hear predators or prey? Snakes are unique animals, with their limbless bodies, flicking tongues and the ability to...
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‘Crazy worms’ have invaded the forests of 15 states, and scientists are worried

They look like normal earthworms, but can writhe, jump and even shed their tails to escape danger. Some call them...
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Mosasaurus: Apex ocean predator of the dinosaur age

Mosasaurus and other mosasaurs ruled the seas for millions of years. Mosasaurus was a ferocious predator in the ancient oceans...
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300 million-year-old ‘Godzilla shark’ identified as new species, gets a new name

The monster-like shark was first discovered in 2013. A 300 million-year-old shark relative, nicknamed the Godzilla shark after its discovery...
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Beached sperm whale in Australia shows scars from tussle with a giant squid

It's unknown how the whale actually died.   A huge dead whale rotting away on an island Down Under is...
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A rope bridge restored a highway through the trees for endangered gibbons

Simple artificial structures could help reconnect forests fragmented by human activities With acrobatic leaps, Hainan gibbons can cross a great...
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Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50.

It is not often that a comedian gives an astrophysicist goose bumps when discussing the laws of physics. But comic...
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Pipsqueak animals show off Marvel-like superpowers in ‘Tiny World’ docuseries

Nature documentaries showcase the most exciting moments of daily life in the natural world, and a new series reveals that...
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