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The giant ancestors of today's sloths stood 10 feet tall and ate meat, a new study found

An artistic reconstruction of the South American giant ground sloth feeding on the carcass of a prehistoric herbivore related to modern llamas. Jorge Blanco Ground sloths occupied South America during the last ice age before going extinct 10,000 years ago. Scientists thought these giant creatures ate plants like their modern, tree-climbing counterparts. But a study found one ground sloth species also ate meat, scavenging from carcasses when it could. We think of sloths as slow-moving, gent...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Diet, Animals, Berlin, Trends, South America, American Museum of Natural History, Natural History Museum, Paleontology, Mylodon, Tejada, Aylin Woodward, Giant Sloth, Sloths


The best wildlife photos of the year show a curious grizzly, dueling reindeer, and fish swimming through a cloud of sperm

Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest awards images that showcase the diversity and fragility of life. This year, the contest drew a record of more than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 countries. The winning photos show reindeer fighting over mates, seals giving birth, and a mountain gorilla enjoying the rain. The camouflage grouper is declining due to overfishing, but each July, beneath...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, News, California, Animals, Africa, US, Trends, Uganda, Wildlife, Alaska, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Natural History Museum, Virunga, Svalbard


The best wildlife photos of 2021 capture a rare Iberian lynx, a snake strangling a gecko, and a lion dripping with blood

Sergio Marijuán/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest celebrates the diversity and fragility of life. This year the contest drew a record of more than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 countries. The frontrunners' photos show wild cats overcoming great odds, narwhal shrimps loitering in the coral, and an orphaned bat on the mend. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Iberian lynx almost...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Science, London, News, Australia, California, France, Animals, Trends, Spain, Earth, Wildlife, Alaska, Portugal, Switzerland


'Dragon Man,' a mysterious new human species found in China, could be a closer relative of ours than Neanderthals

An artist's concept of Homo longi, or "Dragon Man." Chuang Zhao Anthropologists found a 146,000-year-old human ancestor called Homo longi, or "Dragon Man," in China. These hunter-gatherers were widespread in the region and may have interbred with ancient humans. New research suggests Homo longi could be more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals. See more stories on Insider's business page. About 146,000 years ago, a hunter died in the forests of what is now northern ...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Science, London, News, China, Trends, American Museum of Natural History, Natural History Museum, Fossils, Neanderthals, East Asia, Harbin, Heilongjiang, Arabian Peninsula, Homo


Prehistoric megalodon sharks might have been even bigger than previously thought. The chance discovery was made thanks to high schoolers.

An illustration of a megalodon. Shutterstock A new calculation for megalodon length suggests they were bigger than previously thought. Scientists designed a new formula after students on found the previous one was inaccurate. It led to estimates being revised up from 60ft to 65ft, four times that of a great white shark. See more stories on Insider's business page. A high-school trip prompted a scientific discovery when students found that a long-standing calculation to determine the...
Tags: Science, Maryland, California, Trends, News UK, Natural History Museum, Megalodon, Paleontology, Perez, Leipzig Germany, University of Swansea, Florida Museum of Natural History, Victor Perez, Leder, Calvert Marine Museum, Marianne Guenot


Neanderthals died out after Earth's magnetic poles flipped, causing a climate crisis 42,000 years ago, a study says

An exhibit shows a Neanderthal family at the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia, in February 2010. Reuters/Nikola Solic Earth's magnetic poles flipped 42,000 years ago, which may have triggered a global climate crisis, a new study found. The resulting changes in temperatures and radiation levels may have killed off many large mammals. The event may have ultimately contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Earth saw a lot of ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, News, Climate Change, Australia, Russia, Southeast Asia, Trends, Spain, History, Earth, The Guardian, North, Npr, University of Florida


A genetic advantage inherited from Neanderthals could give some people a 22% lower risk of severe COVID-19

A model of a Neanderthal male in his twenties on display at the Natural History Museum in London in September 2014. Will Oliver/PA Images/Getty Some people may have genes inherited from Neanderthals that reduce their risk of severe COVID-19 by 22%, a study found. But the same researchers previously found that Neanderthal DNA can also put people at higher risk of respiratory failure due to COVID-19.  The inherited genes are more common in Europe and Asia. Visit the Business section of Insid...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, London, News, Sweden, New York City, Africa, Trends, Croatia, Siberia, Natural History Museum, South Asia, Neanderthals, Afp, West Nile


Moths to monkeys: 503 new species identified by UK scientists

Spectacular discovery of monkey in Myanmar among new species described this year by Natural History Museum scientistsScarab beetles from New Guinea, seaweed from the Falklands and a new species of monkey found on an extinct volcano in Myanmar are among 503 species newly identified by scientists at the Natural History Museum.The museum’s work in 2020 describing species previously unknown to science includes naming new lichens, wasps, barnacles, miniature tarantulas and a lungless worm salamander....
Tags: UK, Science, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Myanmar, Biodiversity, Natural History Museum, New Guinea


The most popular wildlife photos of the year include a moose stare-down, a shark smorgasbord, and a lynx playdate

A moose at Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Guillermo Esteves/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition offers the public a chance to vote on their favorite images from the contest.  The leading photographs show an Iberian lynx along a Spanish highway, a civet cat taking a backpack ride in India, and an animal rescuer caring for orphaned bats in Australia. Here are the frontrunners for the...
Tags: Japan, Florida, UK, Science, London, News, Australia, California, Animals, Russia, India, Environment, US, Trends, Features, Wildlife


From a Tiger Hugging a Tree to Pallas’ Cats Frolicking, These Are This Year’s Top Nature Photos

On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton announced the winners of the 2020 prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It was the Natural History Museum in London’s 56th time holding the annual contest, which shows the world’s best snapshots of nature and wildlife. The winners in years past…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Wildlife, Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Natural History Museum, Museum of Natural History, Pallas


The best wildlife photos taken this year reveal a pair of puffins, fighting foxes, and a perfectly camouflaged hippo

A red-shanked douc langur languishes in a treetop in Vietnam's Son Tra Nature Reserve. Arshdeep Singh/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition celebrates photographers who highlight the fragility of wildlife on our planet. This year, the contest received more than 49,000 entries from photographers in 25 countries. The front-runners' images show the burning Amazon, endangered langur monkeys, and a camoufla...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Photography, UK, Science, London, Animals, India, Trends, Features, South Africa, Wildlife, Alaska, Cambodia, Kenya, Natural History Museum


Fishing rod 'selfie stick' and scientific sleuthing turn up clues to extinct sea reptile

A Russian paleontologist visiting the Natural History Museum in London desperately wanted a good look at the skeleton of an extinct aquatic reptile, but its glass case was too far up the wall. So he attached his digital camera to a fishing rod and -- with several clicks -- snagged a big one, scientifically speaking.
Tags: Science, London, Natural History Museum


Natural History Museum will showcase 'fantastic beasts'

The Harry Potter universe will be used to shine a light on nature's own amazing creatures.
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Tiny beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg

LONDON (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg has a tiny new namesake. London’s Natural History Museum said Friday that a minute species of beetle is being named “Nelloptodes gretae” in honor of the 16-year-old Swede. Michael Darby, a scientific associate at the museum who found the insect in its collection of millions of animal specimens, […]
Tags: Science, London, News, Ap, Nation, Natural History Museum, Greta Thunberg, Michael Darby


New research shows that mites and ticks are close relatives

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates, the mega-diverse group of 110,000 arthropods that includes spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks.
Tags: Science, London, University of Bristol, Natural History Museum


Car-Size 'Sea Monster' Terrorized Triassic Oceans

A crocodile-like beast the length of a Volkswagen Beetle terrorized prey in the late Triassic oceans about 210 million years ago, a new study finds.Researchers excavated the remains of four of these now-extinct sea monsters from the rocky slopes of the Austrian Alps. But even at 13 feet long (4 meters), these creatures -- known as phytosaurs -- weren't fully grown.The phytosaurs were only about 8 years old when they died, and they were "still actively growing," according to a bone analysis, ...
Tags: Science, Austria, Vienna, United Kingdom, Volkswagen, Natural History Museum, University of Birmingham, Butler, Austrian Alps, Richard Butler, Sepp Steinberger, Johann Segl Sepp Steinberger Georg Sverak, Walter Prenner, Linnean Society Super Croc


The U.K.’s Version of the Green New Deal Has No Idea What It’s Doing

‘THIS IS AN EMERGENCY,” warns the website of the Extinction Rebellion, a group of climate-change activists whose civil disobedience has included gluing themselves to a train and to Jeremy Corbyn’s fence, nailing a pink boat to the ground in Oxford Circus, pouring fake blood outside Downing Street, holding a “die in” at London’s Natural History Museum, and camping beneath the city’s Marble Arch.What do they want? (1) For Britain to declare a “climate and ecological emergency,” (2) for Britain to ...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, United Kingdom, Oxford, Sky News, Parliament, Natural History Museum, Downing Street, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, U K, Boardman, Boulton, Adam Boulton, Thunberg


Extinct 'Pig-Footed Bandicoot' Galloped Around Australia Like a Wonky Little Horse

Scientists have discovered a new species of pig-footed bandicoot -- an extinct Australian marsupial that looks like a kangaroo, an opossum and a deer got a bit too friendly at the local watering hole -- and it's about as strange as you'd hope.Pig-footed bandicoots are long-eared, long-tailed herbivores that once scurried about the sandy, arid stretches of central and western Australia for tens of thousands of years before going extinct in the 1950s. Maxing out with a body mass of about 1...
Tags: Science, London, Australia, Natural History Museum, Western Australian Museum


Natural History Museum to start dinosaur dig in US

Project Mission Jurassic will excavate land in Wyoming where brachiosaurus and diplodocus have been unearthedThe Natural History Museum is embarking on its first major overseas dig since the 1980s in the hope of unearthing new Jurassic-era dinosaurs.The project, entitled Mission Jurassic, which will excavate a square mile of land in Wyoming, US, will involve a team from the Natural History Museum working alongside scientists from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Naturalis Biodiversi...
Tags: Science, Biology, US, UK News, World news, US news, Wyoming, Dinosaurs, Zoology, Natural History Museum, Fossils, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Children 's Museum of Indianapolis, Wyoming US, Project Mission Jurassic, Leiden Netherlands Continue


Stephen Hawking's final legacy:  falling into a virtual black hole

Tumbling into a black hole with Stephen Hawking might seem the stuff of nightmares, but it is soon to become reality. Well, virtually at least. In the year before his death Professor Hawking began work on a groundbreaking project to digitally recreate the universe, allowing the cosmically curious to don a headset and glide over galaxies, bump through asteroid belts and witness the birth of stars. As his final lasting legacy, the theoretical physicist recorded hours of commentary to be played alo...
Tags: Science, London, Earth, International Space Station, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Birmingham, Natural History Museum, Kip Thorne, David Attenborough, Stephen, Lucy, Alton Towers, Tim Peake, Hawking


Dippy the dinosaur arrives in Scotland

The famous replica skeleton, usually displayed at London's Natural History Museum, goes on show in Glasgow.
Tags: Science, London, Scotland, Natural History Museum


Revealed: Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests

A major new study by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests.Researchers from both institutions undertook the first large-scale study to test the hypothesis that termites play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem processes in rainforests during periods of drought.
Tags: Science, Natural History Museum, University Of Liverpool


Genetic code of every animal and plant on Earth to be mapped to end extinction

The genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of animals, plants and fungi living on Earth will be mapped to save help species from extinction and boost human health. In a multi-billion pound collaboration involving scientific institutes from around the globe the genomes of all eukaryotic species - organisms with complex cell structures - will be sequenced to learn more about their biology. It could also help bring them back from the dead if they do go extinct. Scientists are already attempt...
Tags: Science, Earth, Britain, Harvard University, Falkland Islands, Natural History Museum, Cape, Kew, Jim Smith, Wellcome, Mike Stratton, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Darwin Tree of Life, Natural History Museum the Royal Botanic Gardens, Darwin Tree of Life Project, Andrew Brookes


Giant mice threaten rare seabirds on remote British island

Mice brought to a remote South Atlantic island by sailors in the 19th century are threatening seabirds including the critically endangered Tristan albatross, a British charity said on Monday. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the rodents have proliferated on uninhabited Gough Island, part of a British overseas territory, and are killing two million birds every year. "We knew there were large numbers of chicks and eggs being beaten each year but the actual number being taken by...
Tags: Science, London, Natural History Museum, South Atlantic, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Alex Bond, Gough Island


The Wider Earth review – Natural History Museum's Darwin spectacular

Natural History Museum, LondonCharles Darwin’s adventures aboard the HMS Beagle are told through engrossing puppetry and painterly projectionsThis is an unusual enterprise. The museum’s Jerwood Gallery has been turned into a theatre to house a production by Australia’s Dead Puppet Society, telling the story of Charles Darwin’s five-year-long voyage on HMS Beagle. Written, directed and co-designed by David Morton, it is visually terrific even if the script rarely rises above the level of a school...
Tags: Science, Technology, Australia, Theatre, Culture, Museums, Stage, Cambridge, Charles Darwin, Natural History Museum, Puppetry, Morton, Darwin, Robert Fitzroy, Jerwood Gallery, David Morton


Winning Wildlife Photo Disqualified Because of Suspected Fake Anteater

The Natural History Museum of London has disqualified a winning image from its 2017 Photographer of the Year competition on the grounds that the photographer almost certainly used a stuffed anteater—a blatant violation of the contest rules. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Natural History Museum, Taxidermy, Wildlife Photography, Fakes, Cheaters, Anteaters, Natural History Museum of London, Termite Mounds, Cheaters Never Win


Anteater in prize-winning wildlife photo is stuffed, say judges

Marcio Cabral still insists Natural History Museum award picture is result of years of patient workThe dramatic photograph of an anteater approaching a glowing termite mound in the dead of night was originally considered a worthy winner of a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.The prize has now been withdrawn after judges noticed a problem: the anteater pictured is almost certainly a stuffed animal kept outside a visitor centre. Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Science, Animals, Americas, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Museums, Brazil, Natural History Museum, Marcio Cabral


Lifelike, Full-Size Reconstruction of Extinct Human Relative Acquired for New U-M Natural History Museum

When the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History reopens in its new home about a year from now, visitors to the evolution gallery will come face to face with a life-size, hyperrealistic sculptural reconstruction of an extinct human relative that roamed southern Africa 2 million years ago.
Tags: Science, Africa, Natural History Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History


Dippy the dinosaur unveiled in Dorset on first leg of UK tour

Diplodocus skeleton that graced Natural History Museum begins new life on Jurassic Coast For more than a century Dippy the dinosaur amazed and inspired visitors to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London. On Friday, the diplodocus skeleton cast was unveiled 130 miles away near the Jurassic Coast at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester on the first stage of an eight-stop tour of the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, London, UK News, Culture, Museums, Dinosaurs, Natural History Museum, Fossils, Dorset, Dorchester, Jurassic Coast, Dorset County Museum, Palaeontology, Natural History Museum NHM


Cheddar Man

It’s hit the news today, but the Natural History Museum posted a story about their Cheddar Man research in January. It’s fascinating stuff, especially the fact that the DNA evidence suggests that he was probably brown-to-black-skinned and had blue eyes. I know I am simply adding to the Channel 4 free publicity for their TV programme about Cheddar Man by mentioning him again. However, I am confused as to why so many outlets are referring to him as the first man to have lived on the British Isle ...
Tags: Science, Natural History Museum, Isles, British Isle, Happisburgh Norfolk, Cheddar Man



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