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Scorpion stinger
How The Scorpion Got His Sting: Divergent Evolution Explains How Non-Toxic Protein Became A Deadly Venom
Jan 14, 2014 20:00 PM E
Divergent evolution explains how scorpions (and other invertebrates) developed the ability to create venom as a defense mechanism out of non-toxic proteins.
elephant kruger park
Elephant Flips Car In South Africa: Kruger Park Video Shows Car-Crushing Ordeal
Jan 14, 2014 18:24 PM E
Video has surfaced of an elephant flipping a car in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The December 30 incident led to only minor injuries from one of the car's passengers, with another passenger suffering a tusk wound in her leg. The car-flipping video was captured by a vehicle behind the one the elephant flattened.
capuchins throw rocks
Female Capuchin Monkeys Flirt By Throwing Stones At Males
Jan 14, 2014 15:54 PM E
Female capuchin monkeys in Caatinga, Brazil, have been observed throwing stones at males they want to mate with. The behavior was uncovered during filming of the BBC Two documentary Wild Brazil. Camila Galheigo Coelho studies capuchins' sex lives, and says that the behavior is may be unique to the capuchin monkeys of Brazil's Serra da Capivara National Park.
To Your Cat, You're Just a Bigger Cat, With One Job...
To Cats, We're Big Mom Cats, Whom They Can Control Even More Than They Did Their Own Moms
Jan 14, 2014 01:08 AM E
A new book out on cat behavior claims that cats perceive us as oversized cats, but earlier researchers went a step further and said that cats see us as their mothers. Then there are those owners who are convinced that cats see us as their babies.
An Ancient Fish Anticipates the Evolutionary Future
Ancient Fish May Have Walked Underwater: Sea Creature Had Pelvis & Hip Socket Enabling It To 'Walk' With Fins
Jan 13, 2014 15:27 PM E
A fossil of a Tiktaalik roseae fish with a pelvis and hip socket indicates that this ancient fish may have walked underwater, and may have evolutionary biologists recasting their theories as to how and even when vertebrates first walked onto land.
Clymene Dolphins
DNA Analysis Reveals Mystery of Clymene Dolphin Heritage: They’re A Natural Hybrid Of Two Species
Jan 13, 2014 00:17 AM E
Scientists have discovered through DNA analysis the clymene dolphin is a natural hybrid of the spinner and striped dolphins, the first documented instance of a marine mammal species originating through the hybridization of two other species.
Lucky Lizards: Lack Of Predators Makes Island Animals Tamer
Jan 12, 2014 20:24 PM E
Lizards living on islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas are tamer than their mainland cousins, according to new study that set out to discover whether Charles Darwin's theories about the absence of predators creates an evolutionary trend toward tameness. Seems that island time has a calming effect on iguanas, as well as people.
Hungry Arctic Snowy Owls Traveling As Far South As Florida Barrier Islands
Jan 11, 2014 22:59 PM E
An unusually large number of Arctic snowy owls have arrived in the U.S. and have been sighted as far south as LittleTalbot Island, a barrier island in northeast Florida, leading scientists to speculate that there is in increased population of the bird or they've just run short of their favorite food: lemmings.
Biofluorescent Fish Appear In Large Numbers, Just Not To The Human Eye
Jan 11, 2014 12:23 PM E
Scientists exploring various parts of the ocean have found a world of biofluorescent fish much larger than previously expected. Their biofluorescence went largely undetected because they often use it as camouflage.
tigerfish
African Tigerfish Jump Into The Air To Catch Birds Mid-Flight [VIDEO]
Jan 10, 2014 17:21 PM E
An African tigerfish has been captured on video leaping out of the water and attacking a barn swallow. The tigerfish is the only animal to display the predation technique, which researchers observed about 300 times in 15 days. The findings were published in the Journal of Fish Biology.
Great White Shark
Great White Sharks Live Way Longer Than We Thought: Jaws Could Have Been In His Seventies
Jan 09, 2014 14:19 PM E
A new study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE shows that great white sharks can live past 70 years — much older than other studies have suggested.
Gray wolf
Large Carnivores Everywhere Going The Way Of The Buffalo, And Our Ecosystems Will Suffer
Jan 09, 2014 14:14 PM E
Researchers identified seven large carnivore species — African lions, leopards, Eurasian lynx, cougars, gray wolves, sea otters, and dingoes — known to have suffered widespread ecological effects.
West African Lions
West African Lion Nearly Extinct: Study Calls For 'Urgent Intervention' To Save Them
Jan 09, 2014 14:09 PM E
An alarming new study has found that lions in West Africa are nearly extinct, with fewer than 300 estimated to be of breeding age.
Drawing of an Elephant Shark
Why Sharks Have No Bones: Geneticists Sequence Half-Billion-Year-Old Shark Genome, Yielding Clues About Our Own Immune System
Jan 08, 2014 22:51 PM E
Geneticists sequenced the genome of the elephant shark, saying Wednesday that they now know that the immune system in vertebrates developed more gradually than thought and that sharks once had, but lost, bony skeletons.
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