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Newly Discovered Giant Rhino Fossil Defies the Imagination

Giant rhinos are among the largest mammals to have ever walked this great Earth, and a newly discovered species that lived in northwest China some 25 million years ago is revealing just how magnificent these creatures were. Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Earth, Mammals, Megatherium, Rhinoceroses, White Rhinoceros, Tao Deng, DENG Tao, Odd Toed Ungulate, P Linxiaense, Oligocene, Odd Toed Ungulates, Paraceratherium, Dzungariotherium


Birth of 3 Wolf Pups Means Colorado Has Its First Native Wolves Since the 1940s

Colorado wildlife officials on Wednesday confirmed the existence of a litter of gray wolf pups—the first thought to be seen in the state in decades. The discovery is also noteworthy in light of a voter-passed initiative last year to reintroduce wolves to Colorado by 2023.Read more...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Environment, John, Wolves, Pack, Mammals, Scavengers, Wolf, Jane, Jared Polis, RED WOLF, Libbie Miller, Wolf Reintroduction, Mammals Of Asia, Subspecies Of Canis Lupus


These Chinese Elephants Are Viral Stars—and Total Nuisances

There’s a new group of Internet influencers hailing from China who are taking the world by a storm—or should I say stampede. They’re not TikTok stars or YouTubers, though they do frequently appear on both platforms. They can’t even hold phones, because they’re elephants. Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Animals, Elephants, Grand Theft Auto, Mammals, War Elephant, Asian Elephant, Proboscideans, Elephants In Ancient China


Did Humans Stab This Ice Age Cave Bear Through the Skull?

Cave bears were hulking beasts you wouldn’t want to run into in the dark (even if they were mostly vegetarians). But it seems a human got the better of one of these now-extinct ursids, according to an assessment made by Russian paleontologists last month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mammals, Woolly Mammoth, Prehistoric Mammals, Mammoth, Woolly Rhinoceros, Quaternary, Cave Bear, Ursus Rossicus, Dmitry Gimranov


Ice Age Cave Bear With Hole in Its Skull May Have Been Stabbed by Ancient Humans

Cave bears were hulking beasts you wouldn’t want to run into in the dark (even if they were mostly vegetarians). But it seems a human got the better of one of these now-extinct ursids, according to an assessment made by Russian paleontologists last month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mammals, Woolly Mammoth, Prehistoric Mammals, Mammoth, Woolly Rhinoceros, Quaternary, Cave Bear, Ursus Rossicus, Dmitry Gimranov


Paleontologists Study 9,000-Year-Old Aurochs Bones and Wonder if the Beasts Were Tamed

For some 9,000 years, the bones of three aurochs—huge, extinct ancestors of modern cattle—languished at the bottom of a cave in northwestern Spain. A team of paleontologists have now genetically sampled the Mesolithic remains, which were found in the 1990s near a human skeleton, and they believe that the DNA could…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cattle, Spain, Extinction, Mammals, CHAN, Elba, Zebu, Bovidae, Aurochs, Animal Breeding, Uruz Project, Bovines, Aurora Grandal, Even Toed Ungulates, Amalia Vidal


Something Is Killing Florida's Manatees in Record Droves

Florida’s iconic manatees are in danger. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said last week that as of May 21 almost 750 manatees have already died this year.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Environment, Marine Biology, Mammals, Save The Manatee Club, Manatee, Jimmy Buffet, Wildlife Commission, Indian River Lagoon, Patrick Rose, Organisms, Sirenia, Seagrass, Red Tide, Algal Bloom


Giant River Otter Believed to Be Extinct Has Been Spotted in Argentina

Otters are some of the cutest and most fun animals on Earth. It’s always a joy to see them in the wild. That was doubly so for the conservationists at Fundación Rewilding who recently spotted a wild giant river otter swimming in the Bermejo River in Impenetrable National Park, located in the Chaco province of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Otters, Environment, Argentina, Mammals, North American River Otter, Di Martino, Kristine Tompkins, Tompkins Conservation, Pantanal, River Otter, Giant Otter, Mammals Of South America, Species Reintroduction, Sebastián Di Martino, Bermejo River


Monkeys Living Near Florida Airport Connected to 1948 Zoo Escape

For over 70 years, a small population of African green monkeys has been thriving in a mangrove forest near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. A team of researchers recently conducted a genetic analysis to determine the monkeys’ origin story, and it turns out that they’re longtime Florida…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Monkey, Williams, Mammals, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Theodore Roosevelt, Deborah, Jonas Salk, Human Interest, Primate, Squirrel Monkey, Fauna Of Africa, Chlorocebus, Cercopithecini, Vervet Monkey


Former NASA Engineer Builds Mission Impossible-Style Obstacle Course to Protect His Nuts From Thieving Squirrels

One of the most popular YouTube videos of 2020 was from former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Mark Rober who attempted to build a squirrel-proof obstacle course. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t, so a year later he’s trying again, and this time taking inspiration from movies like Mission Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven…Read more...
Tags: Science, Squirrels, Hobbies, Mammals, Mark Rober, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Bird Feeder, Human Activities, Mission Impossible And Ocean


Scientists Want to Bring Jaguars Back to America's Mountains

A group of conservation scientists say it’s time for the return of an American classic: the jaguar. They argue that jaguars can and should be safely reintroduced to the U.S., not only to help ensure their continued survival but also to address the injustice that led to their local demise more than 50 years ago.Read more...
Tags: Mountains, Science, Environment, America, Jaguar, Tiger, Cougar, Mammals, Big Cats, Wildlife Conservation Society, Michael Robinson, El Jefe, Apex Predators, Eric Sanderson, Felids, The US Fish And Wildlife Service


6 Mammal Body Parts That Look Like They Were Stolen From Other Animals

Mammals have a pretty basic blueprint. Among other things, we give birth to live young, we’re warm-blooded, and, perhaps most obviously, we all have hair. (Yes, even dolphins.) But in the churn of natural selection, some mammals ended up with appendages that look like they should be found on a reptile, bird, or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Scale, Platypus, Mammals, Human Interest, Narwhal, Tooth, Animal Anatomy, Branches Of Biology, Mammals Of Australia, Webbed Foot, Monotreme, Ornithorhynchidae, Monotremes


Bones of Extinct Giant Cloud Rats Found in Philippine Cave

Alongside the tiny humans that once inhabited the Philippines lived several hitherto unknown species of giant rats, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Mammalogy. The research broadens our understanding of the twig on the tree of life constituted by these giant cloud rats, showing the rodents…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Philippines, Rodents, Mammals, Rat, Giant Rat, Cloud Rat, Black Rat, Philippine Cave, Callao Cave, Larry Heaney, Crateromys, Janine Ochoa, Batomys, Rattus


Great, We Gave Covid-19 to Otters

Otters have joined the ever-growing list of animals known to be susceptible to the coronavirus behind covid-19. Over the weekend, officials at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta reported that several of their otters became sick with respiratory symptoms and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Thankfully, all are expected to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Atlanta, Otter, Mammals, Georgia Aquarium, Mink, Health Sciences, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Animal Virology, Influenza A Virus Subtype H1n1, Tonya Clauss


Distinct Species of Adorable Weasels Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Arguably the cutest member of the weasel family, ermines can be found throughout the northern regions of North America and Eurasia. A closer look at ermines suggests these creatures really represent three distinct species, in a discovery with ecological implications.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, North America, Mammals, Eurasia, Haida Gwaii, Mink, Organisms, Weasels, Stoat, Mammals Of Asia, M Haidarum, Mammals Of New Zealand, Fauna Of Italy, Jocelyn Colella


The Last Two Giraffes Have Been Rescued From a Vanishing Kenyan Island

A mother and calf are the last of nine endangered giraffes to be transported to Kenya’s mainland as rising waters threaten their home island in Lake Baringo.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, David, Kenya, Connor, Giraffe, Mammals, Noelle, Giraffes, Lake Baringo, The Giraffes, Northern Giraffe, Fauna Of Africa, Ngarikoni


‘It's helped lessen the feeling of doom’: readers' photos of their local wildlife

UK and European readers share their sightings of local wildlife from recent weeksYou can send in your recent wildlife photos You can see our previous selection of photos hereLiving with the coronavirus pandemic has meant many of us can’t travel far, with one benefit being more time to take notice of the natural world closer to home. From shield bugs in Stroud to larch flowers in Oxfordshire, UK and European readers have been sharing pictures and stories of their local flora and fauna. Continue ...
Tags: UK, Animals, Environment, Wildlife, Plants, Insects, Reptiles, Mammals, Wild Flowers, Oxfordshire UK


Narwhal Tusks Show How Climate Change and Pollution Are Reshaping the Arctic

There’s no question that we’re messing up the oceans big time. But shocking new research shows the world’s addiction to fossil fuels is changing the bodies of big ocean predators like narwhals. A study published this month in Current Biology uses narwhal tusks to examine how the animals store mercury over time,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Sea, Arctic, Unicorns, Mercury, Tusk, Whale, Mammals, Physical Sciences, Narwhal, Branches Of Biology, Disaster Accident, Monodontidae, Jean Pierre Desforges


Extinct Kangaroo Could Climb Trees With Its Huge Claws

A new study describes a “semiarboreal kangaroo” that lived 40,000 years ago in Australia. Apparently, even hopping can get boring.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Environment, Kangaroo, Mammals, Wallaby, Pouch, Thylacine, Marsupial, Mammals Of Australia, Natalie Warburton, Thylacoleo, Tree Kangaroo, Gavin Prideaux, Metatheria, Swamp Wallaby


'Ecological island': as Maasai herding lands shrink, so does space for Kenya's elephants

The collapse of ecotourism during the pandemic and moves to lease land to big farms threaten vital conservation corridorsKenyan elephants risk a slow extinction in a bleak, ever-shrinking “ecological island” in one of the country’s most picturesque and photographed landscapes, according to a government report.The animals face a grim future as habitat loss is exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on tourism, which is pushing landowners to sell off areas for development, and a growing trend towards...
Tags: Travel, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Global development, Kenya, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Coronavirus


Hot houses: the race to save bats from overheating as temperatures rise

Chimneys for bat boxes and a flying fox heat stress forecaster are among efforts to prevent deaths from effects of climate crisisSteve Latour and his wife were enjoying their usual early morning coffee in the sun outside their lake house in the Kootenay region of British Columbia when they heard noises coming from the bat box attached to the side of the house. Every summer, about 150 Yuma myotis bats return to the box, using it as a maternity colony to give birth to pups and take care of them un...
Tags: Europe, Biology, Climate Change, Environment, Americas, Spain, UK News, World news, Canada, Wildlife, Conservation, British Columbia, Mammals, Yuma, Kootenay


How to Get Rid of Mice Without Actually Killing Them

No one likes a mice infestation, but not everyone wants to hurt the furry vermin that may have infiltrated your home. Luckily, you can ward off mice without leaving their little carcasses strewn all over your floor, attic, or wherever else they might be hiding.Read more...
Tags: Mouse, Computing, Lifehacks, Rodents, Mice, Computer Mouse, Mammals, Of Mice And Men, Computer Mice, Humancomputer Interaction, Health Medical Pharma


Scientists Want to Know Why This Adorable Rodent Can Glow in the Dark

Springhares are cute as can be, but their fur looks kind of dull under normal conditions. When cast under UV light, however, their fur comes alive, featuring vibrant patches of red, orange, and pink. As new research shows, these creatures are now one of only a handful of mammals known to emit a biofluorescent glow.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Platypus, Mammals, Rodent, Ethology, Fluorescence, Branches Of Biology, Flying Squirrel, Nocturnality, East African Springhare, Pedetes, South African Springhare


Million-Year-Old Mammoth Teeth Contain Oldest DNA Ever Found

An international team of scientists has sequenced DNA from mammoth teeth that is at least a million years old, if not older. This research, published today in Nature, not only provides exciting new insight into mammoth evolutionary history, it reveals an entirely unknown lineage of ancient mammoth.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cloning, Mammals, Mastodon, Woolly Mammoth, Prehistoric Mammals, Beth Shapiro, Mammoth, Organisms, Columbian Mammoth, Steppe Mammoth, Mammuthus Meridionalis, Dick Mol, Jarkov Mammoth


Video Game-Playing Pigs Stretch Our Concepts of Animal Intelligence

The four pigs came to win. If they played the game well, they got delicious dog food (they used to get M&Ms, but the humans decided those were too sugary). Time and again, when prompted by researchers to complete a video game task—guiding a cursor with a joystick, a sort of rudimentary Pong—they did so with impressive…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Livestock, Pork, Guinea Pig, Mammals, Pig, Taxa, Subspecies, Domestic Pig, Miniature Pig


Tasmanian Tigers Could Still Have Been Alive in the 2000s, Scientists Argue

Of all the animals to have gone extinct since humans were around to notice, perhaps none loom as large in our collective consciousness as the thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger. Unlike the dodo or the woolly mammoth, the thylacine is still lit, however dimly, in living memory. In fact, since the last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Extinction, Extinct, Mammals, Tasmanian Devil, Thylacine, Col Bailey, Dasyuromorphs, Mammals Of Australia, Dasyuromorphia, Queensland Tiger, Barry Brook


How to Watch the Northern Lights in February and March

The Northern Lights are like a flaky friend: Even if they’re scheduled to show up, there are no guarantees they actually will, making it a pleasant surprise when they do. Every year (well, pre-2020), people made the trek from spots around the world to some of the northernmost (accessible) areas, in the hopes of seeing…Read more...
Tags: Northern Lights, Lifehacks, Mammals, Polar Bear, Planetary Science, Borealis, Aurora, Churchill Manitoba, Electromagnetism, Polar Bears International, Canadian Films, Physical Phenomena, Electrical Phenomena


Mammalian Evolution, Earth Biosphere, India Geology Outreach

 Sharing these interesting items:1) Simone Hoffman writes about one of the fundamental transitions in mammalian evolution, the transformation of bones of the lower jaw into those of the middle ear.Lend an ear to a classic tale of mammalian evolution.2) How has the earth's evolving biosphere from early microbes to megascopic land plants impacted the biogeochemistry of the earth? A great review article by Noah Planavsky and colleagues. Read this one quickly. It is open access for now, but might go...
Tags: Biology, India, Seo, Earth, Geology, Evolution, Mammals, Science and Society, Geochemistry, Suvrat Kher, Geology of India, Science Outreach, Noah Planavsky, Simone Hoffman, Mini Menon, Pushpendra Ranawat Bidisha Bayan Dr Reddy


‘No more monkey selfies’: scientists told images could drive illegal pet trade

New guidelines say pictures posted on social media by primatologists and researchers can inadvertently damage conservation effortsCelebrity primatologists and scientists have been urged not to post selfies with chimpanzees, orangutans and other primates on social media to help conservation efforts for threatened species.Cuddling baby monkeys on camera and sharing Instagram posts interacting with primates at sanctuaries is strongly discouraged under new aimed at scientists, researchers and TV p...
Tags: Science, Technology, Animals, Environment, Social Media, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Digital Media, Mammals, Jane Goodall


These Monkeys Understand Economics and Intentionally Steal High-Ticket Items to Barter for Better Food, Study Finds

Some of you all may be familiar with the crime ring of long-tailed macaque monkeys that reside around the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, who were thrust into infamy a few years ago for stealing from tourists and holding the ransom until they were paid in food. As if that visual weren’t mind-blowing enough, a new…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Monkey, Bali Indonesia, Mammals, Uluwatu Temple, Fauna Of Asia, Exonumia, Token Coin, Crab Eating Macaque, Better Food Study Finds