Animals

Alien hammerhead flatworm named after pandemic

Hammerhead flatworms are often described outside their native range. Scientists have discovered an alien hammerhead flatworm species that looks a...
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Scientists Spent 4 Years Identifying a New Wasp That Only Leaves Its Home For 2 Days

Parasitic gall wasps don't get out much. For the vast majority of their year-long lives, from eggs to larvae, pupae...
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Birds Use Earth’s Magnetic Field For ‘Stop Signs’ When They Migrate

Thanks to a combination of sensing the Earth's magnetic field through vision and an in-built compass that allows them to...
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Brown bear wakes up from hibernation and kills 38 reindeer calves

Some bears are more aggressive than others, researchers say. A "highly predatory" brown bear woke up from hibernation and killed...
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An Arctic hare traveled at least 388 kilometers in a record-breaking journey

The trek is the longest ever recorded among hares and their relatives Arctic hares can go the distance. A member...
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Hippos unleash poop tornado in response to stranger danger

Hippos respond differently to the calls of familiar and unfamiliar hippos. The thunderous calls of common hippos can be heard...
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Pod of orcas frees a humpback whale from certain death. Was it intentional?

Were these "jerks of the sea" acting kindly? In a strange encounter off the coast of western Australia, a pod...
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Animals Health

Pig Kidneys Transplanted to Human in Milestone Experiment

Experts predict that such nonhuman-to-human “xenotransplants” may become a viable option within the next decade It’s an exciting time to...
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Which animals have the longest arms?

Which animals have the longest arms? Based on size alone, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) would easily crush all other competition...
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Animals History

1st bioengineered hybrid animals discovered — in ancient Mesopotamia

Skeletons of "kungas" discovered in a princely burial. Mesopotamians were using hybrids of domesticated donkeys and wild asses to pull...
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Largest fish nursery discovered beneath Weddell Sea in Antarctica

They found 60 million icefish nests. Scientists onboard an icebreaker in Antarctica were blown away when they spied a trove...
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What’s it like inside a kangaroo pouch?

And how does mama clean it when it gets dirty? Although many marsupials raise their young in pouches — including...
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Some wasps’ nests glow green under ultraviolet light

Fluorescent homes may help wayward insects find their way in the dim twilight Beam a black light into some Vietnamese...
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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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Animals

‘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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Viruses can kill wasp larvae that grow inside infected caterpillars

A new study is a take on the adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” When parasitic wasps...
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Near-invincible tardigrades may see only in black and white

A genetic analysis hints that the critters lack the right light-sensing proteins to see color Next time you’re looking at...
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